Judges

Andrew Carroll

Chorus

As GM Network and Field Management, Andrew is responsible for Chorus’ network and field management activity, including communal fibre build, fibre connect and all network maintenance. Prior to becoming GM NFM, Andrew had been Chorus’ CFO from demerger through to late 2018. As CFO, he had regular involvement in key network initiatives, as well as liaising closely with the Crown in relation to the overall UFB programme, including the UFB2 and 2+ extensions.

Prior to Chorus, Andrew held various finance roles in Telecom and worked closely with many in the Chorus team on the ultra-fast broadband negotiations with the Crown through the demerger process. Prior to that he was a director of Investment Banking at Credit Suisse First Boston New Zealand. Based in Wellington, Andrew has a Masters in Commerce and Administration (Hons) from Victoria University of Wellington. Andrew was NZ CFO of the Year in 2017.

Bridget Coates

Independent Director

Bridget Coates is an experienced global leader who has built and led businesses in both the United States and New Zealand in recent years.  She has held Chairperson, Director and CEO roles across a range of public and private sector entities. 

She is currently Chairperson of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand, Director of Tegel Group Holdings Ltd., Chair of the Tegel Audit Committee and a member of Fonterra’s Sustainability Advisory Panel to the Board.  Until recently, she was a Director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.  

Bridget previously founded White Cloud Dairy Innovation Ltd., a company exporting dairy products into the United States.  Bridget was also the inaugural Chair of THE ICEHOUSE business accelerator and the inaugural Chair of ArcAngels in New Zealand, an angel group focusing on women-led growth companies.  She retains a portfolio of early and growth stage investments in the US and in New Zealand.

Bridget has been a Director of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund as well as public companies, Sky City Limited and Fisher & Paykel Appliances Holdings Limited. She was formerly CEO of Carter Holt Harvey Plastic Products and Director of Research for CS First Boston NZ Ltd as well as being a Member of the University of Auckland Council.  

Bridget has also held Board governance roles with Industry New Zealand, a national economic development agency; Competitive Auckland Ltd, a regional economic development organisation; and Auckland Uniservices Ltd,  a technology transfer company.  She holds degrees in arts, economics and finance from the University of Auckland and also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst qualification: she is a Chartered Member of Institute of Directors.

Catherine Drayton

Independent Director

Catherine is a professional company director with extensive Board experience. She is the Chair of Christchurch International Airport Limited and currently serves on the boards of a number of entities including Beca Group Limited, Genesis Energy Limited, Southern Cross Medical Care Society, Southern Cross Hospitals Limited and the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation. She has previously held governance roles in a range of entities, including Meridian Energy Limited, Ngai Tahu Corporation Limited and Powerbyproxi Limited. Her past executive life was head of advisory and then advisory and audit for PwC in the Western part of Central & Eastern Europe. As a consequence she is very comfortable in multi-cultural environments which are the subject of significant and relentless economic, regulatory, social change. Catherine’s passion is exploring the lesser known corners of the globe – either with a backpack or in a small group.

Professor Jilnaught Wong

University of Auckland Business School

Professor Jilnaught Wong is Professor of Accounting at the University of Auckland Business School. His previous leadership positions were Deputy Dean, Director of Graduate School of Management, and Head of the Department of Accounting and Finance.

Professor Wong earned his MCom with First Class Honours and PhD in Accounting from the University of Auckland. He has worked in public accounting and investment banking. He is a FCA of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand and a FCPA of CPA Australia.

Professor Wong’s research interests are in accounting policy choice and the interaction between tax and accounting. He has published in the world’s leading journals, including the Journal of Accounting and Economics, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Journal of Business, Finance and Accounting, Accounting & Finance, New Zealand Business Law Quarterly, New Zealand Journal of Taxation Law and Policy, and a number of other journals. He is a past editor of Accounting & Finance, the official journal of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand.

He teaches Research Methods to postgraduate research students, Financial Reporting and Control in the MBA, and Financial Statement Analysis in the postgraduate Masters program. Professor Wong has also supervised a number of PhDs, some of whom are Professors and Associate Professors at the University of Auckland, University of Melbourne, Monash University (Australia), and Deakin University (Australia).

Roger France ONZM

Independent Director

Roger France is a professional, non-executive director and chartered accountant with more than 17 years governance experience in a wide range of organisations.

He is currently Chairman of private investment company Tappenden Holdings and the Deep South National Science Challenge, a Director of the Southern Cross Medical Care Society, a Trustee of the University of Auckland Foundation, and a member of the Advisory Panel for Next Foundation.

Roger’s past Board appointments include Fonterra, Air New Zealand, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, Blue Star Group, Orion Health Group and Team New Zealand. He was member of the Council of The University of Auckland for twelve years and Chancellor between 2009 and 2012.

Before taking up a governance career, Roger was the CFO of two listed New Zealand companies and a corporate advisory partner at PwC.

Mr France is a Fellow of both the New Zealand Institute of Directors and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.