Joan Withers

MBA, CFinstD
Chair and Independent Non-Executive Director

Term of Office: Appointed Director 23 September 2016


Board Committees: Member of the Audit and Risk Committee, Member of the Disclosure Committee, Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominations Committee, Member of the People and Remuneration Committee and Member of the Health, Safety and Well-being Committee.

Joan has been a professional director for more than 20 years and spent over 25 years working in the media industry, previously holding CEO positions at The Radio Network and Fairfax Media. Her current governance roles are Chair of The Warehouse Group Limited, director of ANZ Bank NZ Limited and Sky Network Television Limited. Joan has previously held Chair positions at Television New Zealand Limited and Auckland International Airport.


Joan is a Trustee of the Sweet Louise Foundation and is Chair of a steering committee working to increase the percentage of South Auckland Maori and Pacific Island students taking up roles in the health sector.


Joan holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from The University of Auckland. She is also a University of Auckland Distinguished Alumni (2015). Joan is the author of "A Girl's Guide to Business" which was published by Penguin Books in 1998 and “A Woman’s Place” which was published by Penguin-Random House in 2017.

Joan was awarded the New Zealand Shareholders Beacon Award in 2014, in 2015 she was named Supreme Winner in the Women of Influence Awards and was named as Chairperson of the Year at the Deloitte Top 200 Management Awards.