Meet our Directors


Deborah Simpson

Board Member

Deborah is a founding Partner of The Purpose Business, New Zealand’s only strategic agency bringing together the disciplines of research, brand, communications and sustainability. With over 25 years’ experience, Deborah is a highly qualified director and leader. Her leadership roles range from multi-national corporates to local start-ups. The breadth of industries encompass, finance to fast food, energy to education, research to retail, both here and overseas. Deborah has a decade of governance experience as an executive team member, Board member and trusted advisor to some of New Zealand’s most successful businesses.

Deborah understands the challenges facing many small businesses and start-ups having been there herself. She also knows the incredible benefit of mentoring – she is both a mentee and a mentor.

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Leah Macdonell

Board Member

Leah is a Senior Advisor for the Provincial Development Unit, which sits under the umbrella of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Her role is to coordinate cross-agency regional work programmes, develop relationships and facilitate investment in regional projects. Former roles include inspiring young people to discover their potential in business and in life, and securing funding while building relationships for the RNZRSA. 

Leah has over 25 years of experience working in management for a number of airlines, including our national carrier.  Leah brings diversity of thought through life experiences and is always on the lookout for ways to translate her relationship skills into business opportunities for others.


Richard Austin

Board Member

Richard is a Chartered Accountant and has over 35 years' experience in senior roles in the New Zealand investment industry.He is the Managing Partner & a Principal Adviser of Cambridge Partners Ltd, a large, independent wealth management company based in Christchurch. Richard has been involved in private equity with Gould Holdings Ltd, been the Independent Adviser-Portfolio Review Committee of the Public Trust and has acted as an expert witness in several investment-related court cases.

In 2012 Richard was the President of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (now CAANZ) and was awarded a Fellowship for his contribution to the profession. He has been a Director of Mentors NZ for many years.

Meet our Trustees

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Dr Grahame Craig, MBE

Founder / Chairman

Dr Craig co-founded Business In the Community (BITC) in NZ in the late 1980s, which morphed into Business Mentors NZ and was publicly launched in 1991. He is the current Chair of Trustees. Prior to that, he was a Professor of Management Studies at Waikato University for 6 years before joining the Board of the Hamilton startup Woolrest in 1980, which grew into a multinational exporter of its innovative product the Woolrest Sleeper.  He has co-founded businesses startups in publishing (AgTrader) and business software (MoneyMappa) and held directorships of  other successful small businesses in recent years.

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Sir William Gallagher, KNZM, MBE, HonD


Sir William is the Group Executive Officer and Director of The Gallagher Group Ltd.  In 2011 he was knighted to mark his commitment to enterprise and leadership.  In 1996 he was awarded the prestigious Excellence in Communication Leadership award, the first time in its history that it had been awarded outside North America.

Sir William also received an MBE in 1987 followed by a New Zealand Order of Merit in 1998.


Sir Ralph Norris KNZM D.Bus (Hon)


Sir Ralph Norris, formerly, C.E.0, ASB Bank, Air New Zealand and Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Formerly, Chairman Pacific Basin Economic Council (NZ), New Zealand Roundtable, New Zealand Bankers Association, Australian Bankers Association, Starship Foundation, NZ Institute of Management (Auckland Branch), Sovereign Insurance, Fletcher Building and Contact Energy, Team New Zealand defence 2003.

He was also formerly, Director of Origin Energy, Visa New Zealand, Mastercard Asia Pacific, SouthPark Corporation and Fonterra . Currently, Chairman RANQX Holdings, Council Member University of Auckland, Trustee NZ Business Mentors, Senior Advisor to BGH Capital (Australia), Advisory Board member MasEnergy (USA), Trustee Auckland Grammar School Foundation.

Sir Ralph was also made a Distinguished Member of the NZ Order of Merit in 2006 for services to business, re-designated Knight Companion of the NZ order of Merit (KNZM) 2009.

Conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Business by the University of New South Wales 2012.

Norman Geary

Norman Geary, CBE


Norman Geary, CBE, worked for BP for 23 years in New Zealand, Nigeria, London and North West Europe in many senior leadership roles. He was then appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Air New Zealand which he served from 1982 to 1988 and lead the recovery of the airline from a precarious financial position to one of considerable strength. Since then he has been a prominent senior director or chairman of a large number of listed and unlisted companies in many substantial industries principally in New Zealand and Australia.

He is a Past President of the IOD and in 2007 was awarded a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Directors. In 1991 he received his CBE for services to the aviation and tourism industries. In December 2018 he received an Honorary Doctorate in Commerce from Otago University.

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Sir Ken Stevens, KNZM


Sir Ken’s company Glidepath designs, manufactures and installs Baggage & Cargo Handling Systems for airports. Glidepath counts 850 projects in 78 countries over 40 years of manufacturing, exporting and installing Glidepath’s airport products. Glidepath has 8 offshore facilities: Africa, Australia, Canada, Chile, China, India, and Peru. Since 1991, Ken Glidepath have won 25 business awards for exporting technology achievement.
In 2007 Ken lead a government mandated initiative entitled “Export Year 07” where he partnered with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise to inspire exporters. The outcome saw significant export
growth and a very effective on-going partnership with government. He continues to lead business trade missions offshore working with the government in assisting fledgling exporters.

Other business interests include:-
Export NZ National Board – Chairman
Business Mentors – Trustee
VEX Robotics Charitable Trust – Board/Trustee

Ken is an Inducted Member of Waitakere City’s “Business Hall of Fame”, an Honorary Fellow of The Institution of Professional Engineers – New Zealand, and a member of the NZ Institute of
Directors. Ken’s passion is the growth of New Zealand’s wealth and wellbeing through the advancement of our youth into an internationally connected business. He was also knighted in 2008 for his ‘services to exporting’.


Angus Fletcher


Angus had a career in business with Fletcher Holdings and then Fletcher Challenge and a long-standing involvement in a wide variety of not-for-profit community-based organisations.  Currently
these include chairmanship of the Fletcher Trust and trustee of Te Rangimarie Charitable Trust, Southern Cross Campus Foundation and For the Sake of Our Children Trust and a member of the
Supporters Council of Young Enterprise Trust.

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Garry Moore, CNZM


Garry Moore is a former mayor of Christchurch who also served two terms as a councillor. Before becoming a Councillor and Mayor he worked in Economic Development and accounting. He was a member of the founding group that formed Whalewatch Ltd, Kaikoura and a founder of Company Rebuilders. As well as being Mayor of Christchurch he chaired the Metro Mayors and founded the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs which spread throughout all TLA’s in NZ bar two. When he finished as Mayor Christchurch was in a net-debt free position financially. This provided the level of financial
stability which was needed when the earthquakes struck the City. In 2007 he was awarded the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Since leaving the Mayoralty, Garry has been instrumental in operating a not-for-profit organisation focused on providing housing for low-income families. He also serves on Community Housing Aotearoa National Council. This is the organisation committed to housing solutions for all NZ families, regardless of their income levels.

Garry is also a  husband, father and grandfather. The extended Moore family has invested in two central city businesses and play an active role in the rebuilt economy and the public discourse which is alive and well in Christchurch.

In Memoriam

Sir James Fletcher

Sir James Fletcher was Chairman of Business Mentors New Zealand from November 1992 - December 1994, and from June 1996 - September 1997. He retired as a Trustee and Director in September 2002. Sir James was an enthusiastic advocate of projects that furthered national development. He was a passionate supporter of Business Mentors New Zealand, and helped considerably in building and developing our organisation.


We are indebted to Sir James and the Fletcher Trust for their commitment and support of Business Mentors New Zealand.


In Memoriam we recognise Sir Wilson Whineray and Athol Hutton for their championship of Business Mentors New Zealand.

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