Auckland Future is an Incorporated Society formed to secure a majority centre-right ticket for Auckland Council. It is governed by a Board of Directors, made up of a cross-section of the Auckland community.
For more information on each Board member, click on their name.
Peter is currently Chair of Auckland Future Inc. His other recent roles have included Chairman, Auckland School of Medicine Foundation; HSBC International Trustee (New Zealand) Limited; Executive Director, University of Auckland School of Medicine Foundation; Director, Gribbles Limited - public company listed on Australian and (previously) New Zealand stock exchanges; Chairman, Ascot Angiography Limited; Chairman White Cross Group Limited; Consultant to Counties Manukau and Waitemata District health boards.
Peter was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor, High Court of New Zealand in 1967, served on the Napier City Council from 1977-1983, including three years as Deputy Mayor and was a Partner at Russell McVeagh McKenzie Bartleet & Co from 1989-1992.
Peter has also been a Hawke’s Bay cricket and hockey representative.
Leilua (Lou) is an experienced leader, manager and operational commander for New Zealand Police with specialist expertise in commanding and controlling scenes of serious crime and critical incidents. He is highly experienced working at both strategic and operational level translating objectives and goals into practical actions and outcomes. During his 25 year career with the Police Force he has risen through the ranks of Constable to Inspector.
He currently holds the position of Duty Operations Commander: Northern Communications and Duty Operations Commander: Metro Auckland.
From 2007 to 2010 Lou was National Strategic Pacific Advisor providing strategic, operational and cultural advice to the Commissioner. He delivered papers as the Commissioner’s representative to:
- Senior Officials Group on Criminal Justice Sector Outcomes
- Chief Executive’s forum on youth gangs
- Chief Executive’s forum on Pacific priorities
- Pacific Island Leaders Forum Secretariat and High Commission
Joe has studied a Law Degree, and is currently Chair of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, having served on the the Board since its inception in 2010.
Jo holds an MBA - Masters of Business Administration, a DipCM - postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Management, a BCA - Bachelor in Commerce & Administration (majoring in accountancy), and is a member of CAANZ – Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ (career break status). Jo has also completed the Institute of Directors 6 day residential program in 2005.
Jo is Auckland Future's Treasurer and has many years experience in governance including 8 years as director and 3 years as President of Wellington Chamber of Commerce; six years with Consumer NZ (serving as deputy chair and board member) and extensive governance experience gained at the Commerce Commission as Board Secretary. As well as corporate governance, Jo has also run several successful businesses in the arts and hospitality sectors.
Prior to joining the Independent Bar, Alan was for 13 years, from the age of 26, a partner in the old Auckland firm of Nicholson Gribbin, which subsequently merged into Phillips Fox. The firm included amongst its clients a number of local authorities, an oil company and a brewery. Whilst at the firm Alan practised very largely in the fields of resource management, local government and liquor licensing. Since joining the Independent Bar his practice has been confined exclusively to the areas of practice listed above, together with electoral law.
Alan has been an advisor to the last five governments and the Law Commission, retained by over 30 local authorities since joining the independent bar and appointed as a Hearings Commissioner by nine local authorities.
Alan has also been appointed as Chair of many Technical Advisory Groups relating to the Resource Management Act (including Matters of National Importance, Urban Issues, Infrastructure Issues) and has been appointed to the Rugby World Cup Authority and the Independent Board of Inquiry relating to the Waterview Connection Project. In 1999 Alan was awarded the Planning Institute of New Zealand's A O Glasse Award. This is the Institute's highest award to non-planners, and recognises "significant services to planning". The only other lawyer to have previously been so honoured was Sir Geoffrey Palmer in 1993.
Murray is a former Trade Commissioner for New Zealand in New York and has been General Manager/Managing Director of several well-known New Zealand companies. Murray has also been Chief Executive of the New Zealand Kiwifruit Marketing Board, with annual sales of over $750 million.
Murray is currently Managing Director of Structurflex Group Ltd and a Director of other Public and Private Companies.
Beth is the Office Manager for a Newmarket-based civil and structural engineering firm. She has previously been self-employed as an event manager, including for the South Island Masters Games.
As well as being involved with the Parnell Branch of the National Party for the last 10 years, as secretary and for the last 4 years as Chair, Beth has held roles of chair, secretary and treasurer for many other community organisations over the years.
Darren has over 15 years experience in senior leadership roles in the commercial and NGO sectors, including 7 years leading an international NGO. He also has over 10 years experience in NGO governance. His consulting focuses on strategy development,
strategy execution, organisational development, change management and marketing alignment. Having served in a wide range of roles in both corporate and CSO organisations he has been part of significant change initiatives and organisational reprioritisation.
Jenny is Executive Director of the Chinese New Settlers Trust and involved in a variety of not-for-profit and community groups across Auckland. Jenny formed the Chinese New Settlers Trust in 1998 to improve the quality of life of Asian New Zealanders. The Trust has grown to now employ over 29 fulltime equivalent staff, almost 100 contractors and a dedicated team of vounteers, who support over 15,000 clients annually.
Sue is an Auckland businesswoman and managing director of Sue Wood and Associates, an Auckland-based corporate communications and public affairs consultancy, which she set up almost 25 years ago. Sue's previous roles include President of the New Zealand National Party, and she has represented New Zealand as a champion swimmer and record holder.
Sue has served on a number of boards and trusts including founding director of Museum of New Zealand – Te Papa Tongarewa, Priory Trust Board of St John, Downstage Theatre, Arts Foundation of New Zealand and Arts Access Aotearoa. She chaired Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Trust and currently chairs the New Zealand Hearing Industry Association and serves on the board of MOTAT.
Her political experience has seen her involved as an election observer and in democracy-building programmes in the Philippines, Chile, Northern Ireland, Romania, Madagascar, Pakistan, South Africa and Hong Kong. In 1990 she was elected President of the International Institute for Women’s Political Leadership, succeeding former US Vice Presidential candidate, Geraldine Ferraro, in that post.