Media release: Barbara Chapman joins The New Zealand Initiative’s Board of Directors

Media release
14 November, 2017

Wellington (14 November 2017): The New Zealand Initiative today announced that Barbara Chapman, Chief Executive and Managing Director of ASB Bank, has joined the think tank’s Board of Directors.

“We are delighted Barbara has agreed to join our board,” said Roger Partridge, The New Zealand Initiative’s Chairman. “After seven years leading one of New Zealand’s largest and most respected companies, she brings a wealth of experience about what is needed to build a more prosperous New Zealand for all New Zealanders.”

“Building and sustaining a strong New Zealand is about engaging in conversations about the big things that will make a positive difference to our future,” said Barbara Chapman. “The New Zealand Initiative researches and promotes these important conversations, and I’m excited to be able to support them to achieve great outcomes for all New Zealanders.”

Barbara Chapman commenced as Chief Executive and Managing Director of ASB Bank in April 2011. Since 1994, she has held several diverse senior executive roles with the Commonwealth Bank Group of companies, having started her career with the Group as Chief Manager Marketing at ASB.

Ms Chapman is a former Chair of Oxfam New Zealand and a former Director of Oxfam International. She was also an inaugural Trustee of the New Zealand Equal Opportunities Trust and was its Chair for several years. She was New Zealand’s inaugural “Marketer of the Year” and has received numerous awards for innovative and effective marketing throughout her career.

On The New Zealand Initiative’s Board, Ms Chapman will be joined by Roger Partridge (Chairman, The New Zealand Initiative), Dr Oliver Hartwich (Executive Director, The New Zealand Initiative), Sir Chris Mace (Director, Mace Capital), Linda Meade (Partner, Deloitte), John Judge (Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman, ANZ Bank), Matthew Cockram (Chief Executive, Cooper and Company), Murray Jack (Chairman, Financial Markets Authority), Neil Paviour-Smith (Managing Director, Forsyth Barr) and Scott Perkins (Non-Executive Director, Woolworths Limited and Brambles Limited).


Linda Heerink, Communications Officer
The New Zealand Initiative
Phone: +64 4 494 9109
Mobile: +64 21 172 8036

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