Board of Directors
Chris Kelly - Independent Chair
Chris has strong ties to the education sector and has been part of the Massey University Council since 2005 (holding the position of Chancellor since 2014).
He spent more than 12 years (2001-2013) as the Chief Executive of SOE Landcorp Farming Limited which followed on from seven years (1994-2001) in a variety of roles with the New Zealand Dairy Board.
Chris holds the position of Chair with Beef & Lamb Genetics and he is currently the Director of the Crown Irrigation Investment Company board and Deep South National Science Challenge. Past directorships include Primary ITO, FarmIQ, NZ Agricultural ITO and Pengxin New Zealand Farm Management Limited.
As well as holding a Masters in Veterinary Science (MVSc) from Massey University, Chris is an Accredited Director (AF InstD), a Chartered Fellow (CF InstD), and a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists.
Dame Alison Paterson - Independent Director
Dame Alison’s experience spans a range of industries in both the public and private sector. She is recognised as being a trailblazer for women in governance roles. She is a chartered accountant who operated a sole farm accounting practice. Her first major board appointment was in 1976.
Dame Alison served on the Reserve Bank board from 1996 to 2010 including as chair of the audit committee and Deputy Chair. Her past appointments include the chair of several organisations including Landcorp Farming, Abano Healthcare, Crown Irrigation Investment, Waitemata Health and as a director of Metrowater. She is currently Chair or a director of seven companies, including Vector.
Dame Alison has also served on the Market Surveillance Panel and currently serves on the NZX Market Surveillance Tribunal which replaced the Panel. She served two terms on the Massey Council including as chair of the audit committee and finally as Pro Chancellor.
Dame Alison is a Fellow of the University of Auckland, D.Com [Massey], a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Directors, an FCA.
She was appointed as a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business in the New Year’s Honours 2014 and was previously awarded the QSO for services to the community.
James Turner - Independent Director
James is an education consultant with significant regulatory experience. He has his own consulting firm, JT Associates.
From 1995 to 2004, James held a number of senior posts at the Department for Education and Skills in the United Kingdom.
From 2004 to 2011 James was a Principal Advisor/Group Manager for TEC. He spent two years on the board of Triathlon NZ and chaired the Thorndon School Board of Trustees for seven years.
James has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management. He received a BSc (Honours) from the University of Sheffield in 1984.
Nico Marx - Director
Nico Marx is an Investment Director at Arowana International and is responsible for structuring and executing new investment opportunities. He has extensive experience in private equity, investment management and M&A.
Nico has served as a non-executive director in a number of private companies in a range of fields including education, property & casualty insurance and mortgage lending.
As Corporate Development Director, Nico helped build childcare start-up Sterling Early Education into the second largest for-profit long day care centre group in Australia. The company was successfully sold to ASX listed G8 Education in 2014.
Nico started his career in investment banking at Citigroup in London and subsequently joined Bregal Capital, a London based private equity fund, where he worked for six years.
Nico has a Masters Degree from Erasmus University.
Russell Woodard - Independent Director
Mr Woodard has operated his own consultancy firm, Edintel, since 2009. His consultancy experience includes a period as a sales and marketing advisor to Intueri prior to listing.
Mr Woodard has previously held a number of senior education marketing roles within the PTE sector and has over 20 years of experience in business development for tertiary education providers.
He has served as Strategic Marketing Director at Navitas and Group Marketing Director at Think Education, in both roles overseeing periods of significant change and growth.
Mr Woodard holds a Masters of Education Administration from the University of New England and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wollongong.
He is currently employed by University of Wollongong Enterprises as Global Recruitment Director and he is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.