Guardians Board members are chosen for their experience, training and expertise in the management of financial investments, as well as their mix of complementary skills.
Board members are appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister of Finance. The Minister’s recommendation follows nominations from a committee, independent of the Guardians, which is established by the Minister. On receiving those nominations, the Minister consults with representatives of other political parties in Parliament before recommending the Governor-General appoint a person to the Board.
The Board must comprise at least five, but no more than seven, members. Each Board member is appointed for a term of up to five years and is eligible to be reappointed.
The Guardians’ governing legislation and the Board Charter (including Board Code of Conduct) define Board responsibilities, responsibilities of individual Board members, as well as matters reserved for the Board and matters delegated to management.
While the day-to-day responsibility for the operation of the business is delegated to the Chief Executive, there are a number of matters which, either because it is required by law or because the Board has decided it is in the interests of the Guardians to do so, are decided only by the Board as a whole.
The Board regularly reviews its delegations and governance priorities. The Board also hears directly from a range of external experts on investment markets, and regularly visits international peer funds for the purpose of assessing developments in best practice.
The Board has two standing committees: Audit and Employee Policy and Remuneration. From time to time other committees may be formed to manage conflicts for other purposes.
Board members are paid $49,000 per year for their services. The chairperson is paid $98,000 per year and the deputy chairperson $61,250. The total remuneration is summarised in the Annual Report.
Catherine SavageCA, BCom (Victoria University)
Catherine Savage has been a Guardians Board member since 2009. She was appointed Deputy Chair in 2012 and Chair in 2016. Catherine is Managing Director of Savage Group Limited and an independent Director of Todd Family Office and Pathfinder Asset Management. She has also held the role of independent Director of Kiwibank and Chair of the Board of Trustees for National Provident Fund. From 1991 – 1993, Catherine held the role of Treasurer of the National Gas Corporation before moving to AMP Capital Investors (NZ) Ltd where she held a number of senior management roles including Managing Director (2000-2007).
Employee Policy and Remuneration (Chair) and Audit
Stephen Moir was appointed to the Board of the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation in November 2009. His term of office expires on 30 September 2019. Stephen has more than 25 years of experience in financial services, including being the General Manager of the Westpac Institutional Bank from 1998-2001, preceded by senior positions with Credit Suisse in Singapore, Citibank in Singapore, Bangkok and Sydney. He has previously served on the Board of Bank of New Zealand 2008 - 2017.
Stephen is also on the Board of the Ports of Napier.
Employee Policy and Remuneration
John WilliamsonBA, LLB, LLM
John Williamson was appointed to the Board of the Guardians 30 May 2016. His term of office expires 30 September 2020. John is the Group Chief Executive of Academic Colleges Group. Prior to this, John was the Group Chief Executive and Managing Director of Hellaby Holdings Limited and Director of Hellaby Holdings’ subsidiaries. He has previously held positions on various boards including Hellaby Holdings, Hockey New Zealand and with a number of primary sector, consumer and industrial businesses in New Zealand and Australia.
Doug PearceBCom, ICD.D
Doug Pearce was appointed to the Board of the Guardians 30 May 2016. His term of office expires on 30 September 2020. Doug was the founding Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC), one of Canada’s largest institutional investors, with over $100B in assets under management. He held these positions from 1988 till he retired in 2014 and has over 35 years of experience in the capital markets.
Doug has also served as director and Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG), the Pacific Pension Institute (PPI), and the Pension Investment Association of Canada (PIAC). He has a keen interest in business strategy and good governance and has been a member of the advisory board at the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and the Faculty Advisory Board at UBC Sauder School of Business. Doug also sits on the boards of CPI Card Group and the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia.
Employee Policy and Remuneration
Simon BotherwayBCom (Otago)
Simon Botherway's appointment runs from 1 August 2018 to 30 September 2021. He is a professional director with a history in investment management, investment regulation and supervision. Other board roles have included his current position as Chair of Serko, a director on Callaghan Innovation and Fidelity Life and previously being the Chair of the FMA Establishment Board and a member of the Securities Commission.
Henk BerkmanPhD, MCom
Henk is a Professor of Finance at the University of Auckland and has a fractional appointment as research professor at the University of Sydney. He completed his PhD at Erasmus University Rotterdam and has published extensively in leading finance journals. He was adjunct director at Arthur Andersen Global Corporate Finance, and has acted as consultant for a number of multinationals and market regulators around the world. Henk is currently on the board of SIRCA, ltd. a not-for profit organisation with the mission to promote financial research and innovation, particularly by the 25 Australian and New Zealand member universities. He is also on the board of Rozetta Technology Ltd, a big-data analytics organisation based in Sydney, and is president of the Dutch language school in Auckland.