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  • Joe Halapua (Chair)

    BCom (Hons), CMInstD Manager, NZ Equities

    Joe joined the Guardians in 2011 and has worked across both the Direct Investment and External Investments & Partnerships teams managing a portfolio of mandates and investments. He currently serves on the Board of Australian retirement village operator RetireAustralia and is Chair of its Audit Committee. Prior to this, Joe worked in Auckland as an Investment Banker at Goldman Sachs JBWere, where he was involved in mergers and acquisitions and capital market activity across New Zealand and Australia.

  • Michael Mitchell

    Head of Risk

    Michael joined the Fund in 2005 to establish the Fund’s Responsible Investment processes. Since then, he has switched his focus to the Guardians’ risk requirements and has been instrumental in establishing the Risk Record framework, the development of the in-house trading for liquidity and reference portfolio completion. Prior to starting at the Guardians, Michael worked for the Reserve Bank of New Zealand in Wellington before moving on to Morgan Stanley, Westpac Investment Management and ABN Amro.

  • Garry Sue

    BCom, CA Head of Internal Audit

    Prior to joining the Fund in 2011, Garry worked with large financial services organisations in New Zealand, as the Chief Internal Auditor at the ASB Group of Companies. His responsibilities covered risk management and leading the internal audit and credit review functions of the business. At the Fund, Garry heads Internal Audit and is a member of the Risk Committee.

  • Mika Austin

    LLB/BA General Manager, Human Resources

    Prior to joining the Fund as Head of Human Resources in 2012, Ms Austin was a Senior Associate with Russell McVeagh, specialising in commercial litigation. She has also worked for the Financial Services Authority in London. Ms Austin has a LLB/BA from the University of Auckland.

  • Sarah Owen

    BA/LLB, DipACC General Counsel & General Manager, Corporate Strategy

    Sarah joined the Guardians in 2007 from Westpac/BT Funds Management where she was senior legal counsel/company secretary for the Westpac wealth management companies. Prior to this Sarah was a Senior Associate at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, and before that DLA Phillips Fox, specialising in funds management/superannuation and commercial law.

  • David Sara

    BMS(Hons), MBS(Dist) General Manager, Technology

    David Sara joined the Guardians in 2009. He has substantial experience in financial services, including as Head of Strategy with UK-based Platform Home Loans, Head of Venture Development for Lloyds Banking Group and Manager of Strategic Planning for the National Bank of New Zealand.

  • Paula Steed

    BCA, CA General Manager, Finance & Investment Operations

    Paula joined the Guardians in July 2021, from ASB Bank where she was the Chief Internal Auditor. Paula has 25 years experience in financial services and banking, starting her career as an auditor with professional services firm Deloitte and holding various executive finance and general management roles with AMP, ANZ and ASB. Paula is a Chartered Accountant, and has a BCA majoring in Accounting and Commercial Law from Victoria University.

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