The board of directors and the leadership team of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development are made up of experienced and visionary businesspeople who have a passion for growing the economy, encouraging innovation and making Auckland the world’s most liveable city.

Our board of directors

David McConnell BE, MBA
Chair
David is Managing Director of the McConnell Group, following a career in engineering management consulting. He is a Director of the Committee for Auckland and has served on the boards of Mighty River Power and TelstraClear Pacific Trust, as well as the University of Auckland Business School.
Norman Thompson
Deputy Chair
Norman (Norm) was Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Air New Zealand and Chairman of both the Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand and Air New Zealand Environment Trust, before retiring in 2013. He is now Chair of Altitude Engineering and a board member of Tourism New Zealand.
Franceska Banga
Board member
Franceska is a company director and was Chief Executive of the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund for 15 years, and an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. She was a member of the capital markets development taskforce 2009-2010), chaired the New Zealand Private Equity & Venture Capital Association and was Director, New Zealand Treasury 1997-2000.
Danny Chan
Board member
The healthcare and education sectors are the areas in which Danny's current business experience lies. He also has a background in public and private sector governance. Danny is a member of the New Zealand China Council’s Advisory Board and is fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin.
Helen Robinson
Board member
Helen has been a leader in the technology sector for more than 25 years. She is an experienced director and currently the Chair of The Network for Learning Ltd (N4L), a crown entity charged with improving educational outcomes by transforming schools to technology-based learning environments.
Professor Stuart McCutcheon
Board member
Stuart is the Vice-Chancellor (CEO) of the University of Auckland, and has been CEO and a board (council) member since 2005. He developed his tertiary education governance roles in parallel with his teaching and research career, eventually becoming Vice-Chancellor and board member of Victoria University 2000-2004.
Mike Taitoko
Board member
Of Ngāti Maniapoto descent, Mike is co-founder and Managing Director of tech company Waiora Pacific, and previously founded Tuia Consulting – a professional advisory firm focusing on commercial growth and economic development of the Māori economy. He is an experienced director of a number of businesses and organisations.
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Our leadership team

Brett O’Riley
Chief Executive
Executive Assistant
Kushla Hodgson
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Martin Fairweather
Chief Operating Officer
Executive Assistant
Amy Saleman
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Lisa Winkle
General Manager - Business Transformation
Executive Assistant
Amy Saleman
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Steve Armitage
General Manager – Visitor and External Relations
Executive Assistant
Sue Norton
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Patrick McVeigh
General Manager – Business, Innovation and Skills
Executive Assistant
Debbie Boult
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Dean Butchers
General Manager – Business Attraction and Investment
Executive Assistant
Jude Todd
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