Judges

Chye Heng

CFO / Executive Director, Beca Group Ltd

As CFO and an Executive Director, Chye leads Beca’s finance and legal teams globally, oversees the group’s employee shareholding scheme, and provides direction regarding Beca’s governance and strategy. In his 30 year tenure with Beca, as Company Secretary and then CFO/Executive Director, Chye’s strategic and forward thinking has been instrumental in navigating Beca’s growth from a New Zealand company of 20 principals to an international consultancy employing over 3,000 people with offices throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Beyond Beca, Chye is a strong advocate of the accounting profession being a fellow of CPA Australia and a member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants and the American Accounting Association. He holds a Bachelor degree in Accounting and Master degrees in Accounting and Commercial Law from the University of Auckland. He is also a member of the University of Auckland Business School Advisory Board, a councillor and past-president of the New Zealand Council of CPA Australia and was a member of the Ministerial Panel on Business Compliance Costs. He has mentored aspiring managers and leaders both within Beca and the business community, and has contributed to a range of community organisations over many years.

David Stewart

General Manager - Merchandise, Foodstuffs North Island

David joined Foodstuffs in 2010 as Chief Financial Officer at FSA and became Chief Financial Officer at FSNI in 2013. Before Foodstuffs, David worked in Europe in senior finance roles at France Telecom, Orange and PWC before returning to New Zealand to work at Yellow Pages as Chief Financial Officer. Named New Zealand's "2015 CFO of the Year", David is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Post Graduate Diploma in Commerce from the University of Auckland.

Jonathan Mason

Independent Director

Jonathan has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial sector, with an emphasis on emerging markets.

He joined Fonterra in 2009 from US-based chemicals company Cabot Corporation where he was Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer.

Prior to this he was employed as the Chief Financial Officer at forest products company Carter Holt Harvey and also served in senior financial management positions at US based International Paper.

He is a director of Air New Zealand, Vector Limited and Zespri and also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Management at the University of Auckland, specialising in international finance. More recently, Jonathan has joined the board of Westpac New Zealand.

Julia Hoare

Independent Director

Julia is a professional independent director. She possesses a comprehensive range of commercial and financial expertise, developed from both her governance roles and over the course of 20 years as a partner with PwC. She retired from the PwC partnership on 31 December 2012 to pursue a full time corporate governance career.

Julia is currently the Deputy Chair of The a2 Milk Company Limited and Watercare Services Limited and chair of their Audit and Risk Committees. She is a director and the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of AWF Madison Group Limited. She is also a director of Port of Tauranga Limited and New Zealand Post Limited. Julia is a member of both the Institute of Directors National Council and the External Reporting Board Advisory Panel.

Julia is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a member of the Institute of Directors.

Rob McDonald

Chief Financial Officer, Air New Zealand

Rob McDonald started his finance career as a commerce graduate with a large building products company in 1980. He worked overseas before joining Coopers and Lybrand in the corporate advisory and valuation practice in 1985.

Rob took up the position of Group Financial Planning Manager at Air New Zealand in 1993 and was appointed Group Treasurer in 1995. In October 2004 Robert was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of Air New Zealand.

Rob has a Bachelor of Commerce from Auckland University and in 1999 completed the Program of Management Development at Harvard Business School. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a member of the Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand Inc. and from 2006 to 2015 was a member of the IATA Financial Committee, appointed as Vice Chairman from 2013 to 2015. In November 2015 Rob was awarded CFO of the Year by Deloitte, and is currently a Director of Contact Energy Limited.


David Stewart
General Manager - Merchandise
Foodstuffs North Island Ltd




Jonathan Mason
Independent Director





Julia Hoare
Independent Director
 





Rob McDonald
Chief Financial Officer
Air New Zealand