Hilary Poole, Chair
Hilary brings governance experience as an Independent Director and Chair. Of specific relevance is her experience in the food industry, including as an Independent Director of Prolife Foods Ltd during a period of strong growth.
Hilary has 20 years of experience in a variety of leadership and governance roles within the finance, food, education, sporting and not for profit sectors in New Zealand, Australia and London.
She is currently a director of Sport New Zealand and Martin Jenkins Ltd and has held previous Chief Executive roles at Netball New Zealand and Hockey New Zealand.
Hilary is a chartered member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, and holds a B.Com and B. Phys Ed from Otago University.
Tony Falkenstein, ONZM, Executive Director
Tony Falkenstein has been a CEO of companies for over 31 years, including subsidiaries of multi nationals, two NZX-listed companies, and for the past twenty four years, his own family company, Red Eagle Corporation Limited.
He was Chief Executive of one of New Zealand’s most successful public companies in the early 1980’s. He will continue to follow the same principle which brought that company to public success – "Be totally open to shareholders, show them what you are doing, be proud of your results, and treat shareholders with the respect they deserve – they are the owners!”
His business philosophy is uncomplicated: “Keep it simple, enjoy what you are doing, and make a profit”. With this philosophy he has grown the Red Eagle Group to an annual turnover in excess of $150 million.
Tony is a past President and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries, and is currently a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management.
He is Chairman of New Zealand’s first business high school, Onehunga High Business School, and is passionate about business education as the key to New Zealand’s economic prosperity.
Tony was inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame in 2008, was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2010, and was selected as a Distinguished Alumni of the University of Auckland in 2011.
Ian Malcolm, Director
Ian Malcolm is a Chartered Accountant specialising in business structuring and tax minimisation, looking at both “the big picture” as well as the details in any business situation, with the aim of optimising the current and future position for the stakeholders.
Ian continues to operate in public practice (over 25 years experience), mainly with MHK Chartered Accountants Limited (previously Mabee Halstead & Kiddle), a long-established well-respected chartered accounting firm now in Sale Street, Auckland fringe CBD. Actively involved with the establishment and growth of a number of businesses, many in the ICT world, currently on the board of a number of successful private companies. In addition, Ian has significant amount of institutional knowledge having been on the board of JWI when this floated on the NZAX stock exchange in 2004, retired in 2013, and elected back to the board in December 2014; and also has practical experience having started & run his own commercial business in the ICT sector, and continues with a high involvement in ICT; ex Chairperson of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants’ Auckland Computer Group.
Ian is a Fellow of the New Zealand Trustees Association, his community involvements include Trustee of the Stardome Observatory; past Treasurer of a school Board of Trustees, honorary auditor of sports clubs, church parish committee involvements and a Justice of the Peace.
Steve Bootten, Director
Steve has had over 30 years’ experience in finance and management positions in large and medium sized corporates within New Zealand and Australia, and across a range of sectors including FMCG, manufacturing, and aviation.
He is an experienced Director having served as a director or trustee across a range of organisations and industries; including NZX listed companies, private companies, public sector organisations and community organisations. Steve currently holds several directorships in companies within the technology, manufacturing and property sectors and has community and not for profit involvements.
Steve is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors (MInstD), an Associate Member of the New Zealand Society of Accountants (ACA), and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ACIS).