Vanessa is currently an Independent Director for Alliance Group, NZ Refinery, Heartland Bank and a member of the Tertiary Education Commission and Financial Markets Authority. She Chairs various Remuneration and Nomination Committees. She was previously Group General Manager of Technical Operations and People at Air New Zealand for almost ten years and a key driver of the cultural transformation at the airline. Vanessa joined Air New Zealand from Carter Holt Harvey Packaging Australia, where she was the Chief Executive.
Prior to heading CHH’s packaging business, Vanessa was the company’s General Manager Performance Improvement and prior to that held change management and legal positions. She is a member of both the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Directors; an honorary fellow of HRINZ, a Companion of IPENZ a member of the MBIE and DOC audit and risk committees and Business NZ’s representative on the NZDFESC. She was a member of the Better Public Services Advisory Board, and is currently a member of the Global Women Board and Kings College Board.