Michael Whitaker, Independent Chair

Michael’s broad commercial experience covers industries such as farming, dairy processing, travel, hospitality, technology, healthcare, commercial property and mushroom farming.

Michael founded a retail technology company and a healthcare services group. Over 15 years, he expanded these companies internationally.

In 2012 he sold a majority shareholding in the Healthcare Company to a UK based private equity group and shifted back to the Hawkes Bay. He has continued to keep busy mushroom farming and investing in commercial property.

In 2001, Michael received the EY overall NZ Entrepreneur of the Year award.  Michael Chaired the Hastings City Business Association for 5 years and during that period set the foundation and strategy to revitalise the Hastings CBD, the results of which are evident today. Michael holds one other independent directorship for, Ask Your Team, a Havelock North technology company.

John Rolleston

John Rolleston (LLB), Director

John co-founded and manages South Pacific Sera Limited which is a successful manufacturer and exporter of animal blood products to global pharmaceutical companies.

He has extensive governance experience, having been the Deputy Chairman of PrimePort Timaru Limited. He is currently the Chair of Waihi School. A qualified lawyer, John’s business, professional and personal contacts are numerous and he is highly regarded across the Canterbury business community and beyond.

Kieran O'Hagan

Kieran O'Hagan (Dip BS (PFP) CSAP MInstD), Director

Kieran has over 25 years’ commercial experience in financial services including investment banking, share broking, banking, portfolio management, investment and corporate advisory. He has over 15 years governance experience in both the ‘for profit’ and ‘not for profit’ sectors of the community.

He is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand Incorporated. He is a Professional Director and a Trustee of several Charitable Trusts. Immediately prior to co-founding Genesis Private Equity Limited, Kieran was responsible for the BNZ Private Bank advisory and banking services throughout Mid and South Canterbury to high net worth individuals, families, partnerships, charities and companies.