Board of Directors

AUT Enterprises Ltd (AUT Ventures) has an independent Board of Directors, which operates within separate corporate governance procedures to AUT University. Our directors aim to operate under best practices for corporate governance, overseeing the growth and development of AUT Venturesand providing a vision for the future.

Phil Norman

Phil is Managing Director of Nortek Management Services Limited, a boutique business advisory firm providing investment banking, strategy and governance services for growth companies. He has over thirty years' experience working with small and mid-sized companies in a number of industry sectors and has been an owner, manager, director and investor in a number of local and international businesses.

Phil was the founding Chairman of Xero Limited, one of New Zealand's most successful publicly listed technology companies, and retired from Xero's Board in July 2012 after five years' service. Phil's current director roles include the Independent Chairmanship of Loyalty New Zealand Limited, a director position on Crown owned company Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand Limited (REANNZ) and Chair of NZAX listed VMob Group Limited. He also holds director positions in a number of other SME's and is a principal of CM Partners Limited, a capital markets advisory firm.

Phil served as Chairman of the New Zealand Venture Capital Association during 2002/2003 and was for six years a member of NZTE's New Zealand Beachheads Advisory Board, resigning in June 2010.

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Derek McCormack

Derek McCormack became Vice-Chancellor of AUT in April 2004. Previously, he was a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at AUT and prior to that General Manager for Auckland Institute of Technology (the precursor organisation of AUT).

His work for AUT has involved leadership of a wide range of key areas during a decade and a half of extensive development and growth for the institution – from major campus developments, to academic structures, processes and programmes, and the advancement of AUT's university profile.

Starting out teaching biochemistry at the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic, his career took an early turn into tertiary education policy and management. He has held national roles in a range of authorities, professional bodies and ministerial and government working parties related to tertiary education, and is the current chair of Universities New Zealand. In other fields, Derek has been a Chair of the NZ Academy of Sport network, and is President of the NZ Stroke Foundation, as well as a member of various service and community clubs and societies.

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Professor John Raine

Professor John Raine is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at AUT. Previously he was Technical Manager at Froude Consine Ltd, U.K., Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise and International) at the University of Canterbury, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Albany and International) at Massey University. He co-founded Christchurch company WhisperTech in 1995 with Dr Don Clucas, Canterprise Ltd in 1999, the Canterbury Innovation Incubator in 2001, the HITLabNZ in 2002, and managed the transition of the Massey University e-centre to a company structure in 2005. He currently chairs the board of REANNZ Ltd and is a director of the Committee for Auckland Ltd. John chaired the 2011 Ministry of Science and Innovation "Powering Innovation" Review. Over the past 20 years he has consulted to the Police and legal counsel in vehicle crash analysis.

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Dr Claire McGowan

I have been actively involved in technology commercialisation and investment over my career to date, with a recent shift over the past three years into governance roles and a range of projects and roles in the Maori economy. My academic training is a PhD in Molecular Microbiology and an MBA from Otago University (Dunedin, New Zealand).

My passion is in providing opportunities in industry & network development, education and investment, for entrepreneurs. I am from Te Arawa/Ngati Pikiao, and I have been enjoying taking a more active role over the past few years in projects that contribute to the future creation of wealth for Maori, and New Zealand as a whole.

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Richard McLean

Richard is the founder of Concept to Market Ltd, first established in 2001. He is a specialist in the development of IP based global businesses. He has over 25 years of solid commercial experience and a passion for rapid growth and the creation of company value.

He is currently Chairman of SPM Assets Ltd, an Australasian software company and SAB chair for The FAB Group, a New Zealand group of businesses in the appearance industry led by the Caci brand. Richard is also co-founder and executive chair of Spark 64 Ltd, a start-up technology company providing wireless sensors and software to monitor and protect children from over exposure to UV.

Throughout a career that was founded in sales and marketing, Richard has held senior management positions in technology companies, including 'sweat equity' positions with growth companies. He spent nearly 10 years helping to build a small technology company through an IPO and into a large public company, which eventually listed on NASDAQ. His skills and experience range from sales and marketing to group management, advisory and governance.

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Ross Peat

Ross Peat is Chair of Apteryx Wealth, a wealth management technology and services company, and is a director of technology companies HealthSoft New Zealand Ltd and NetworkAdvantage Ltd.

He is the former deputy Chair (to June 2014) of the Crown-owned Institute of Environmental and Scientific Research Ltd (ESR) and was Founding Chair of currency and payments business KlickEx (to June 2013). He is a member of the Ice Angels investment group and sits on the Ice Angels Deal Flow committee.

He is a former CEO of Microsoft New Zealand (to 2006) and a former member of the AucklandPlus Advisory Board (to 2010).

Peat is a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Otago Business School, and is a Trustee of the Hi-Tech Trust. He is a former Co-Chair of the ICT NZ industry body.

As Managing Director of Microsoft New Zealand from April 2002 to June 2006 he was a passionate advocate for digital inclusion and oversaw Microsoft's New Zealand business growth and its contribution to the wider New Zealand community.

Prior to becoming CEO he was Director of Sales and Marketing for Microsoft. Peat first joined Microsoft in 1992 as Corporate Business Marketing Manager, and introduced Microsoft's first comprehensive volume licensing program and was recognised for achieving world-class results. He was instrumental in driving multiple product, channel program and certification launches including three generations of Windows desktop and server platforms.

Prior to joining Microsoft in 1992, Peat spent 9 years with IBM New Zealand, in a variety of sales, marketing and management roles. His secondary education was at Nelson College, and he holds a Bachelor of Science (Zoology) degree from the University of Otago. He is a qualified secondary school teacher and has taught biology, science and mathematics in Christchurch.

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Joanna Davidson

Jo has extensive strategic, commercial and business management experience in FMCG, Alcoholic Beverages and Ari Business for multinationals and privately owned businesses, coupled with a proven track record in achieving significant business growth and profit enhancement in operating and new businesses.

Jo has worked in NZ, Australia, UK, Europe and South Africa with project specific involvement in Japan and USA. Her functional expertise is in B2C and B2B marketing but she also specializes in leading commercial and cultural change within a fast paced business environments.

Jo has held highly commercial roles with responsibility for developing and executing 3 year strategic plans for each business unit. She has a strong track record of commercial success and is committed to supporting a shared vision, clear communication & pragmatic decision making.

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Dr Andrea Vujnovich

Head of Corporate Development and Support Group and General Counsel.

Previously a solicitor at a large Auckland law firm, Andrea has held a number of professional roles in health, including the Head of the School of Physiotherapy at Auckland University of Technology and a member of the New Zealand Physiotherapy Board.

Andrea provides strategic oversight and co-ordination of the Legal Advising, People and Organisation (Human Resources), Governance Services, Audit Risk and Assurance, Health and Safety and Advancement directorates of the University. Andrea works collaboratively with University faculties and other directorates, overseeing effective corporate strategies and policies and providing co-ordination for the operational activities within the Group.

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