Joan Withers

Chair and Independent Non-Executive Director

Term of Office: Appointed Director 23 September 2016, elected 2016 Annual Meeting

Board Committees: Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee, Member of the Audit and Risk Committee, the Disclosure Committee, the People and Remuneration Committee and the Health and Safety Committee

Joan has been a professional director for 18 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 Mercury NZ Limited and The Warehouse Group Limited and director of ANZ NZ.

Joan is also 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.

She holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from The University of Auckland and is 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 Books in 2017. She was awarded the New Zealand Shareholders Beacon Award in 2014.

In 2015, Joan 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.