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Now there are eight: more board members chosen for WREDA

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Three new directors – Tracey Bridges, Wayne Mulligan and Kylie Archer – have been appointed to the board of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA). Tracey Bridges has also been appointed to the board of the Wellington Regional Stadium Trust.

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and Regional Council Chair Chris Laidlaw, whose councils are the joint shareholders of WREDA, have welcomed the appointments.

“I know Tracey, Wayne and Kylie well – and I know they’ll bring first-rate business, events and community acumen to the board table,” says Mayor Justin Lester.

Chris Laidlaw says: “It gives me great confidence to see the talent and experience these three new board members will bring to WREDA. Leaders in their own fields, Kylie, Wayne and Tracey have a solid mix of experience in many business, technology innovation and cultural disciplines. WREDA is in good hands going into 2018.”

The new appointments bring the WREDA board to eight. The remaining directors are:

· Peter Biggs – Chair, CEO of a number of advertising agencies, currently CEO of the Assignment Group, formerly a Wellingtonian of the Year.

· Thomas Pippos – National Chief Executive, Deloitte, Director on the Deloitte New Zealand Board and member of the Deloitte Asia Pacific Leadership Council. Previously, he was Tax Policy Advisor to the Minister of Revenue and Finance.

· Grant Guilford – Vice Chancellor (CEO) Victoria University, academic, science background. He also served as Director on the boards of UniServices, Genomics NZ, Landcare Research and AgResearch.

· Dave Gibson – ending his term as CEO of the NZ Film Commission, founder of the Gibson Group, a Wellington film and TV production company.

· Matt Clarke – reappointed for a second term. Matt is a senior executive of Wellington International Airport and brings a strong tourism perspective to the WREDA board.

Profiles of the new board members

Tracey Bridges

• More than 20 years’ experience providing advice to boards, chief executives and senior management teams across the private, public and non-profit sectors
• Specialist in strategy, reputation, decision making, change and risk management, and social marketing
• Co-founded and grew a private consultancy business, SenateSHJ (which has four offices in Australia and NZ)
• Governance and leadership experience
• Member of Global Women, the Women Leaders’ Network, and finalist in the 2016 Women of Influence Awards.

Wayne Mulligan

• Innovative leader with 25 years’ experience in creating high-value technology companies, building access to export markets and governing companies, including private and Māori enterprise
• Specialist in change management and transforming sub-optimal companies into high value companies
• Deep experience in capital raising ventures, finance, technology, negotiation, building relationships and innovation
• Stanford University (Executive Program – Design School and Design Thinking) and Agri-Technology Harvard Business Case Study Program
· Exceptional relationships and networks across the international, private, public and Māori economy.

Kylie Archer

· Currently COO, Expo 2020 for NZ Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) and a trustee of the Te Papa Foundation
· Previously Investment Director for NZTE focused on attracting capital to accelerate growth throughout NZ
· Manager New Zealand Major Events at MBIE, where she developed and implemented the Government’s major events strategy
· Head of Marketing Sky City, Events and Sponsorship Manager Tourism Industry Association
· Philanthropic advisor and fundraising specialist, providing advice to commercial and not-for-profit organisations across New Zealand.

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