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Advisory Board

The Massey Business School engages with community, business, the professions and Government to ensure that its programmes and research meet current and future needs. The Advisory Board acts as an independent body, providing invaluable strategic advice to the Massey Business School in support of its mission.

Members of the Massey Business School Advisory Board

  • Ross Buckley - Executive Chairman, KPMG New Zealand (Chair)
  • Simon Barnett, Founder and CEO, Obo
  • Paul Brock, Co-Founder, Director, Advisor, Consultant
  • Anna Campbell, Chief People & Capability Officer, Mitre10
  • Steven Carden, Chief Executive, Landcorp Farming Limited
  • Fiona Cassidy, FR Consulting
  • Tim Edwards, CEO, Noel Leeming and Torpedo 7 Group
  • Yi Ping Ge, Partner at Gilligan Sheppard Public Accountants
  • Mat Hocken, Director, Grassmere Dairy
  • Ruma Karaitian, Professional Director, Karaventure Limited
  • Captain David Morgan, Chief Ops, Integrity and Standards Officer/Chief Pilot, Air New Zealand
  • Debbie Pattullo, GM Customer, People and Business Support, Toyota New Zealand Limited
  • Vicki Stewart, Director, Stewarts Group Ltd
  • Bridget Unsworth - Investment Director at New Zealand Venture Investment Fund Limited
  • Mark Young, General Manager Finance and Corporate Resources, Toyota
  • Professor Stephen Kelly – Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean, Massey Business School, Massey University

Recently retired

Massey Business School acknowledges the significant contribution of these former Board members:

  • Nevil Gibson - Editor at Large - National Business Review
  • Lee Retimana - Director, Muritai Marketing

Current board members

Chair – Ross Buckley

Ross Buckley Ross Buckley is the Executive Chairman of KPMG in New Zealand and a member of KPMG’s Asia Pacific Board and KPMG’s Global Council. During his 36 years at KPMG, he has managed the firm’s Audit, Risk and Tax practices in addition to the firms’ People, Performance and Culture function. Ross is a champion for KPMG New Zealand’s purpose of ‘Fueling New Zealand’s Prosperity’ which focuses on the health, wealth and wellbeing of all New Zealanders – this generation and future generations.

A key building block to this purpose is all about building better business leaders and the connection between the business sector and our communities. He attained a Bachelor of Business from Massey University. Ross believes education is a foundation for prosperity – that is our health, wealth and wellbeing for our future.

Ross has been a member of the Massey School of Business Advisory Board since 2013 and chaired it since 2016. He is a regular presenter on the Massey MBA programme and donates to Massey University Foundation.

Paul Brock

Paul Brock head and shoulders photograph

Paul Brock was the Kiwibank Group Chief Executive from 2010-2017 and Co-Founder in 2002. Kiwibank is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing and most successful new businesses. He is Chair of the board of the New Zealand Story Group, a country reputation programme to enhance the New Zealand brand and increase the benefits from export trade. Paul is also Deputy Chair of Foley Wines, a NZX-listed growth wine business. He holds a Bachelors degree in Business Studies from Massey University.

Steven Carden

Steven Carden

Steven Carden is the Chief Executive of Pāmu, the largest farming company in New Zealand. He sits on the Board of Spring Sheep, New Zealand’s fastest growing sheep dairy company. He is the co-founder and director of Shoots, New Zealand’s first vertical farming company. His background in agriculture spans a decade in both New Zealand and Australia. Before that he was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York, and an internet and social entrepreneur in New Zealand. Steven holds degrees from the University of Auckland and Harvard University. He is an author, and a regular public speaker and commentator on the future of food.

Fiona Cassidy

Fiona Cassidy, LPRINZ, APR is the Chair of Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ) and a former President. She is also actively involved in the Community Communications Collective which provides volunteer services to Not For Profits. With over 25 years in communications and public relations Fiona is recognised as one of New Zealand’s senior communications professionals. Fiona is committed to the ongoing professional development of PR professionals and is actively involved as a mentor, guest lecturer and Board member on University and Industry Boards. Her tribal affiliations are Ngati Kuri, Te Aupouri and TeArawa.

Tim Edwards

Tim Edwards Tim Edwards was appointed as a member to the Massey Business School Advisory Board in February 2018. Tim is currently CEO of Noel Leeming Group, New Zealand’s leading appliance retailer, originally commencing as COO in 2009 and has been leading the business as CEO since 2013. An expert in both brand innovation and business growth, Tim has successfully grown retail businesses in Australia and Asia, including as Managing Director of Space Furniture and in various roles at Harvey Norman. Tim looks forward to continuing to provide advisory services that contribute to the success of the education sector within New Zealand.

Mat Hocken

Mat Hocken Mat is a farmer who farms a fourth generation farm near Palmerston North. He has worked in Brussels on EU policy and in Sydney for an Australian Federal Government agency. Mat holds Board positions in a number of organisations focussing on innovation and agriculture. He was awarded the RaboBank Emerging Leader award in 2019. He completed a Nuffield international scholarship in 2018 focussing on innovation in agriculture.


Ruma Karaitiana

Ruma Karaitiana A Massey graduate, Ruma Karaitiana has maintained an active involvement in education with part-time teaching and governance roles in the tertiary and compulsory education sectors. He has held CEO roles in Industry Training, FMCG, Economic Development and the health sector. He has also had a lifetime involvement with community and Iwi groups as well as a wide range of governance positions. An experienced company director, Ruma currently chairs the commercial arm of his iwi post settlement as well as holding positions on another five boards.

Captain David Morgan

Captain David Morgan David is a member of the Executive team at Air New Zealand and in his role as Chief Operational Integrity and Standards Officer is responsible for Group Flight Operations policy, procedures and standards, Operational Support and Performance (which includes fuel procurement and use), the Group’s Operational Integrity and Safety outcomes, Business Resilience, Security and Emergency Management. He is also a current Boeing 787 pilot.

Debbie Pattullo

Debbie Pattullo Debbie Pattullo’s career has been primarily with Toyota NZ (based at times in Wellington, Auckland and Palmerston North) in a variety of roles. This dynamic industry has provided Debbie with a lot of opportunities including rotations through sales and marketing to human resources and people development and now heading up a new customer division. She was the first woman to be appointed to the Toyota NZ executive team in 2017 where she drove a new focus on talent and leadership development. Debbie is working to encourage more women into senior leadership roles.

Yi Ping Ge

Yi Ping Ge Yi Ping Ge has been advising and assisting Gilligan Sheppard's clients on a range of business challenges for two decades. Her strengths include pragmatically approaching all business compliance issues, ownership structures, wealth protection and intergenerational transitions and mergers & acquisitions. International tax planning and issues that concern immigrants from China are her favourite topics. Above all, clients value Yi Ping’s connectivity and broad networks within New Zealand and China’s business environments. Her thinking is that business will not find you while you are sitting at home, you will find business if you go out and seek it. All fish should swim out of their small pond from time to time and find ways to become bigger fish or to survive better in that small pond.

Vicki Stewart

Vicki Stewart Vicki Stewart is an Owner Director of Mitre 10 MEGA Palmerston North, a Director of Globelink Ltd and several other Companies including The Factory and Manawatu Investment Group.

Innovate is a successful program run by the Factory. It offers entrepreneurs access to the skills, networks and funding they need to succeed. Vicki has been a Judge and mentor of the Innovate program and is now Director of one of its start-up businesses, Rollerblaster.

Bridget Unsworth

Bridget Unsworth Bridget Unsworth was Investment Director at New Zealand Venture Investment Fund where she was for the last nine years and was involved in implementing the review of the investment programme for SCIF and the investment activity across the fund. Since leaving NZVIF, she has taken up a number of contract roles, including for the Angel Association New Zealand. She is currently on the board of TracPlus Global, a real-time asset tracking solutions provider.

Mark Young

Mark Young Mark Young joined Toyota New Zealand in 1996 after completing a Bachelor of Business Studies (marketing and management) at Massey University. Over the past 20+ years, Mark has had a variety of management responsibilities within Toyota, spanning sales, marketing, finance and IT. Mark was most recently General Manager of Finance and Corporate Resources and served as Company Secretary to Toyota’s Board.

Mark contributes to external organisations (member of Massey University Business School Advisory Board and Liaison Delegate for the NZ Sustainable Business Council) to help develop the next generation of future leaders. He also completed his MBA in 2012 (with Distinction) at Massey.

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