Kristian has worked at the nexus of R&D, IP, and innovation for 25 years across a broad range of industries, sectors and jurisdictions. His company, innovIQ Ltd, provides prior art research services for inventors, companies and investors to determine novelty, the competitive landscape, and unique value proposition for any idea, which is used for the basis of developing strategy (including R&D, IP, Investment, commercialisation, legal etc).
John’s background is varied. He started his professional career as a Chartered Accountant in both Local Body and private enterprise organisations. After moving from Dunedin to New Plymouth in 1990, worked in the dairy and road construction industries for a number of years. However 25 years ago, he followed his passion to set up his own business as a stamp and collectables dealer. John has an active involvement in commercial property investment and some experience in property development. He is a keen investor in start-up businesses and enjoys the diversity of investment opportunities that Launch Taranaki and other partners are able to provide.
David has always been a sheep and beef farmer. He has been self-employed and investing in listed companies since he was nineteen.
Matt brings a different perspective to the Board being the lone millennial. He is a qualified accountant and lawyer who previously worked in the Deals team of a Big Four accounting firm where he gained experience in mergers, acquisitions, restructuring and valuation. Currently, Matt is the Senior Financial Planning Advisor in TSB’s Finance Department. Matt is passionate about seeing NZ businesses succeed on the world stage.
Cathy is passionate about developing new growth businesses. She held senior engineering, project, and construction management roles in the resources and telecommunications industries prior to starting her own company. She has worked internationally with start-ups and universities commercializing new technologies and developing business cases for new products and services. Previously she was a member of Todd Corporation’s investment team, developing strategy, evaluating opportunities, and managing investments. She is now the Executive Director and Co-founder of Hiringa Energy.
Vicki is the Director of three Taranaki-based businesses, an active investor and an Associate Chartered Accountant. Vicki’s work experience includes financial roles in the oil & gas industry; policy and communications with local government; business consulting; and management roles in several service businesses and not-for-profit organisations. She loves the unique Taranaki lifestyle, where every road leads to an adventure.
Graham has a commercial background with strong governance experience. He currently manages The Clouston Family Office and in this role is an active investor in financial markets. He is a qualified Technical Analyst, a Member of the Institute of Directors and a Member of the New Zealand Shareholders Association.
Ian has extensive experience in management and governance across a wide range of business sectors in NZ and the Asia Pacific region. He initially graduated in engineering and business studies, and after 40 years of managing corporate enterprises he is now semi-retired, while still working with a number of small to medium sized enterprises to help them grow as successful businesses. His last full-time role was 11 years as CEO of Wellington based private equity investor Rangatira Ltd.