Board of Directors

Elizabeth Coutts


Elizabeth was appointed Chairperson in January 2017.

Liz has held an extensive range of governance roles in both the private and public sector for more than 20 years, including being a past member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and the Financial Reporting Standards Board of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in New Zealand. Her contribution to governance was acknowledged with her appointment to the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2016. She is currently Vice President of the Institute of Directors, Chair of Ports of Auckland since December 2015, Chair of Oceania Healthcare Limited and a director of NZX-listed companies EBOS Group Limited and Sanford Limited. 

Liz joined the Board in May 2002 and is also a member of the Audit and Risk Management, Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

Sir Selwyn Cushing

Independent Director

Sir Selwyn has had a varied and broad-ranging career with many of New Zealand’s highest-profile companies, including having served as Chairman of Air New Zealand Limited, Brierley Investments Limited, Carter Holt Harvey, Electricity Corporation of New Zealand Limited, Huttons Kiwi Limited and the Whitcoulls Group. He was a Director of Bank of New Zealand for seven years and was a Director of Skellerup Industries Limited (the original Skellerup listed company) in the 1980’s.

Sir Selwyn has also served as a government-appointed member of the Securities Commission and the New Zealand Apple and Pear Marketing Board. His other current directorships include New Zealand Rural Property Trust Limited and Rural Equities Limited.

Sir Selwyn was Chairman of Skellerup from December 2007 until January 2017. He is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and is Chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

Dr Ian Parton

BE (Hons), Ph.D, DistFIPENZ, FIoD
Independent Director

Ian was appointed to the Board in May 2011.

Ian brings to the Board a career in engineering and governance. He is a Director of Construction Techniques Limited and Auckland Transport Limited and Chancellor of the University of Auckland.

Ian is a Distinguished Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ), and a Past President of IPENZ. He was awarded the William Pickering Medal for engineering leadership in 2007. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors. Ian’s previous roles include Chairman of Babcock Fitzroy Limited, Deputy Chairman and then Transition Chief Executive for Watercare Services Limited, and Director of Industrial Research Limited.

Ian is a member of the Audit and Risk Management and the Health and Safety Committees.

John Strowger

LLB (Hons)
Independent Director

John was appointed to the Skellerup Holdings Board in March 2015. 

John is a leading commercial lawyer who specialises in corporate, contract and securities law and mergers & acquisitions. He was named NZ Deal Maker of the Year at the 2015 Australasian Law Awards, and is a former member of the Financial Markets Authority.

A partner at Chapman Tripp, John co-heads that firm’s China desk, which coordinates the work it does pertaining to investment and trade between China and New Zealand.

John is Chair of the Health and Safety Subcommittee and a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Alan Isaac

Independent Director

Alan was appointed to the Skellerup Holdings Board in August 2016.

Alan has considerable experience governing and leading businesses and sporting organisations. Notably, Alan was Chairman of KPMG for 10 years until 2006, is a past Chairman of Cricket NZ and past President of the International Cricket Council.

Alan is currently Chairman of the New Zealand Community Trust and McGrath Nicol & Partners. Alan is also a director of Fliway Group Limited, Oceania Healthcare Limited, Scales Corporation Limited and Opus International Consultants Limited. 

Alan is Chairperson of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and also a member of the Remuneration Committee. 

David Mair


David was appointed to the Board in November 2006, and to the CEO role in August 2011.

David’s background in new product development and new market development provides an excellent fit with the growth plans for Skellerup. David also has international operational experience proving helpful with the Company’s global distribution base.

David has previously been an Executive Director of Interlock Group; Vice President of Asia Pacific Operations and an Operations Council Member of ASSA ABLOY (Sweden). He is currently a Director of Forté Funds Management Limited.

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