Our Advisory Board

Bob Lack JP BA FCIS DipBus

Bob is a Chartered Secretary and his work experience ranges from driving buses and digging cable trenches, through journalism, HR and marketing, to theatre direction, commercial management and chairing a new technology start-up. He has been a member of AUSA for over 50 years and at various times he has been an Exec member, the Managing Secretary, and a member or chair of several associated trusts. He has also served for three terms as a member of the University Council and for several decades as a member of a university soccer team.

Mark Maloney

I am an experienced leader who has a comprehensive background at a senior executive level across the public sector. This has included leading the delivery of both internal and external audit and assurance services for 30 years. The last 20 years has been at a senior leadership level at the former Auckland City Council, Audit New Zealand and most recently Auckland Council.

Kathryn Haworth

A naturally curious, Executive-level leader, with over 15 years’ experience in marketing, strategy and social responsibility roles, I’m that rare mix of analytical and creative – comfortable with ambiguity, I love variety and bring both energy and pragmatism to solving problems and developing solutions. I build relationships easily, resulting in strong stakeholder management, and am driven by being an inspiring leader, in a role where I can make a genuine difference.

Robert Milne

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Ella Henry

Ella Henry (Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa, Te Rārawa, Ngāti Kuri) is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship in the International Business Strategy & Entrepreneurship Department, and the Director of Māori Advancement, in the Business School at Auckland University of Technology. Ella has a PhD which focused on Māori entrepreneurship in screen production (AUT, 2012), and a Master of Philosophy in Management & Employment Relations, which focused on Māori women and leadership (UoA, 1995), and a BA with a double-major in Sociology and Māori Studies (UoA, 1990).

Ella has taught Māori and Indigenous business and development at AUT, UNITEC and the University of Auckland over the last thirty years. She has been involved in governance and management across a variety of Māori and other NGOs, including lead negotiatior and Chair of her post-settlement tribal trust for their Treaty Settlement (Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa WAI 116), and Executive Director of Greenpeace New Zealand. She was the first Māori woman president of AUSA in 1990, after having previously been Media Officer in 1989, and Student Parent Resource Officer in 1988. 

Simon Randall MSc(hons), Grad.dip.tchg(sec)

Simon has over 20 years of experience in governance including in the not for profit sector and as an elected member in local government. He previously served on the AUSA executive in 2004 as National Affairs Officer and 2005 as International Affairs Officer. Simon currently works in a senior leadership role at Auckland Council in governance.