Vanessa Stoddart

Chair, Various

Vanessa is currently an Independent Director for NZ Refinery, Heartland Bank, OneFortyOne Holdings Pty and a member of the Tertiary Education Commission and Financial Markets Authority. She chairs various 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 NZDESC. She was a member of the Better Public Services Advisory Board, and Global Women Board (2013-2019 (Chair 2017-2019)) and is currently a member of the Kings College Board.

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