Martin Udale – Board Chair

Martin Udale has more than 30 years’ experience in the Australian, New Zealand, and UK property markets, with specific experience in the commercial and residential development sectors. From 2003 -09 he was the Chief Executive of McConnell Property, prior to this he was Director of Corporate Advisory with CRI, an Australian property development and services group, specialising in partnering with asset owners to create value from underused assets. Martin now specialises in providing strategic business advisory services to public and private sector organisations. He is currently on the board of Panuku Development Auckland, Tamaki Redevelopment Company, Innovation Waikato, and Unitec Institute of Technology.

Derek Nolan QC – Deputy Chair

Derek Nolan QC has over 30 years’ experience as counsel in environmental, resource management, planning, natural resources and local government law and in public works claims. Based on this extensive background, he is frequently sought after as counsel to lead major or complex projects, to provide strategic advice, to secure all types of resource consents or other approvals, to resolve “road blocks” or other disputes, and to facilitate development activities. Derek has widespread contacts, with extensive links to many of the country’s leading experts, and he brings these strengths to all that he is involved with. Derek is the Editor and an author of the leading environmental law textbook in New Zealand, ‘Environmental and Resource Management Law’ (LexisNexis).

Anne Blackburn

Anne Blackburn has a background in banking, governance and strategic advice. In the mid 1990’s she returned to New Zealand after 15 years working in international investment banks in New York and London. Concurrently with senior positions in Corporate & Institutional Banking in BNZ, including Head of Capital Markets and Business Risk Manager, she took up a number of commercial Board appointments. Anne currently holds directorships at Panuku Development Auckland, Warren and Mahoney, Committee for Auckland, TSB Bank, Fidelity Life, RDNS NZ Limited, Fisher Funds Management, Ten Gracie Square Limited, Royal District Nursing Service NZ, New Zealand Venture Investment Fund, and Forsyth Barr.

Sarah Haydon

Sarah is a director of The Co-operative Bank Limited, Cavalier Corporation Limited and GNS Science, a Council Member of Unitec, the Chair of New Zealand Riding for the Disabled Inc, an Executive Committee Member of Waste Disposal Services and a trustee of a charitable trust providing scholarships and fellowships for University of Auckland and University of Otago. Previously she has been a director of AsureQuality Limited (state-owned enterprise).  Sarah has an extensive background in planning, finance, general management and organisational development. She has led very large teams of people and has strong HR and people skills and is passionate about bringing out the best in people.

John McConnell

John’s background and experience in corporate finance was gained while working with Merrill Lynch in New York, and Jarden Corporation in New Zealand. This was followed by a few years with McConnell Dowell where John assisted in the financial restructuring and sale of the business, and later was responsible for a new business development in Saudi Arabia. Since leaving McConnell Dowell John has been with the McConnell Group, which he established with his father in 1993.  John’s qualifications include an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College (Hanover, New Hampshire, USA) and a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) from the University of Melbourne. He is a trustee of the Cornwall Park Board continuing the legacy established by Sir John Logan Campbell.

William J Smith – Chief Executive

William Smith joined Wairaka Land Company as the founding Chief Executive in January 2016, prior to this he was Executive Director – Strategic Property Development at Unitec after returning from the United States where he was Director of Major Capital Projects at Yale University. William’s background includes construction management, real estate advisory services, and private-equity real estate development and investment. His sector experience includes education (academic, dormitory, and museum), corporate headquarters, multi-family housing, healthcare, life-science, infrastructure including marine, civil, telecommunications, and energy. William’s early career was with Fletcher Construction in New Zealand, Canada, and the United States.