Board and Regional Chair elections

Voting opens on 12 July for three new elected ACE New Zealand Board representatives and one Regional Chair. One nominated person from each ACE New Zealand member firm will receive a link to vote via our electronic voting system Election Runner.

Candidate profiles

We received 13 nominations for Board members and two nominations for Canterbury/West Coast Regional Chairs. All other Regional Chairs were uncontested. 

Board candidates

Read about the 2021 ACE New Zealand board candidates.

  1. Andrea Rickard

  2. Avik Halder

  3. Brett Ogilvie

  4. Colin Dryland

  5. Doris Stroh

  6. Emily Afoa

  7. Jamie Pye

  8. John Blyth

  9. Joy Chen

  10. Maryam Razz

  11. Matt Harris

  12. Robert White

  13. Stephanie Thomson (nee Robb)

What we want in a Board

The ACE New Zealand Board is responsible for the governance of ACE New Zealand. It oversees the strategic direction and management of ACE New Zealand and reports to members on their stewardship of the organisation. It’s made up of six elected representatives and up to three appointed members. Representative Board members are voted by member vote, for a three-year term. Terms are staged so that two of the six representative Board members complete their three-year term at each AGM. It allows new members to stand for the Board each year while maintaining continuity in governance.

Our members are from diverse personal and professional backgrounds. We need our Board to reflect our membership and the communities we serve – from business leaders, engineers and planners to marketers, design thinkers and Māoritanga advisors, from Northland to Southland, large to small firms, and a mix of gender, age and ethnicities.

We also need our Board to have the skills to take our organisation forward, aligned to our greatest challenges and programs of work. We need to ensure we’re ready to face significant disruption across digital innovation and climate change, and that procurement practices and risk allocation remain reasonable. We’re also navigating more systemic issues such as the need to increase representation among women, Māori and Pasifika, wellbeing leadership and growing consultant capability. If we are to succeed, our Board must be bold and brave, have a view on the long-term horizon and an understanding of good governance.

What's involved

The Board meets around five times a year, either in person or online, and participates in a one-day strategic planning hui each year. Other meetings may be conducted electronically, or out-of-cycle as needed.

The estimated time commitment is one day per month.

Board positions are not remunerated. Being a member of the ACE New Zealand Board is a fulfilling leadership role, putting you in a strategic position of influence for the future of our sector.

Position description and charter

Read a Board Director position description

Read the Board Charter

Current Board

See our current ACE New Zealand Board

Regional Chair candidates 

Read about the 2021 ACE New Zealand Regional Chair candidates for the Canterbury region. All other Regional Chair positions were uncontested. 

  1. Andrew Davidson

  2. Richard Greenwood


Voting will take place from 12 – 23 July.

One nominated person from each ACE New Zealand member firm will receive a link to vote via our electronic voting system.

The new Board and Regional Chairs will be notified the week of 2 August and announced at our AGM on 11 August when their term begins.