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Dame Therese Walsh and Sir Brian Roche share their experiences leading high-profile organisations and how they bring a Catholic business ethos to the board table.

27 JUNE 2023

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Dame Therese Walsh and Sir Brian Roche reflect on their experiences in public and private sector roles working with the Beehive...more information to follow.

DATE: Tuesday 27 June 2023    |     TIME12:00pm - 2.00pm        VENUE: Rakaia Room, Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre

Dame Therese Walsh is an independent director and Chair of Air New Zealand Ltd. She is also the Chair of ASB Bank Ltd, Chair of the Chapter Zero NZ and a Director of Antarctica New Zealand and On Being Bold Ltd.

Previously she was the Head of New Zealand for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and the Chief Operating Officer for Rugby New Zealand 2011 Limited.

She has also been Chair of TVNZ Ltd, Pro Chancellor of Victoria University Wellington, a Director of NZX Ltd, Contact Energy Ltd, NZ Cricket and Save the Children NZ, Trustee of the Wellington Regional Stadium, CFO at the New Zealand Rugby Union and part of the team that worked on the winning bid to host Rugby World Cup 2011. Prior to this she was an auditor at KPMG.

Dame Therese is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a commerce graduate from Victoria University. In 2013, she was named the inaugural supreme winner of the Women of Influence Awards and was awarded a Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership Award in 2014. She became a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in June 2015.


Sir Brian Roche was born in Napier and attended St John's College in Hastings. Sir Brian obtained a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University of Wellington and began his accountancy career with Coopers and Lybrand, which later became Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

Brian was seconded to the Prime Ministers Department in 1989 and served four Prime Ministers as a private advisor before returning to Coopers & Lybrand.  He went on to undertake a number of roles in the private and public sector including being heavily involved in the resolution of Treaty of Waitangi claims. Including acting as the Chief Crown negotiator for the Ngai Tahu, Ngati Awa and Waikato Tainui River Claims.

Brians career covered a number a range of sectors including transport, health and sport including working on the team that gained the 2011 Rugby World Cup hosting rights – later Chairing the Company that delivered the tournament. He retired after 22 years as a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2009 to take up the role of Group Chief Executive of the NZ Post Group. He undertook that role until he retired in 2017.

Sir Brian has been chairman of Antarctica New Zealand, Tait Communications, the Wellington Gateway Project (Transmission Gully), Waka Kotahi, City Rail Link Limited and the Hurricanes.

In recent years he has been involved as an independent advisor of the Covid 19 Response and is currently Chairing the Cyclone Gabrielle taskforce. 

In the 2017 New Year Honours, Sir Brian was appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to the State and business. He is a Distinguished Alumni of Victoria University and is a Life Member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia New Zealand.


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Brother Guy Consolmagno is the director of the Vatican Observatory and president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. Raised in Detroit, Michigan, he studied Earth and Planetary Sciences at MIT for his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and at the University of Arizona for his doctorate. During a break in his studies he spent two years teaching astronomy in Narobi for the Peace Corps. Having attended a Jesuit high school, Consolmagno contemplated joining the church at several points in his career before joining the order in 1989. Two years later, he was called to serve at the Vatican Observatory where he has been ever since. Consolmagno’s research has always focused on the smallest bodies in our solar system and his work at the Vatican has allowed him to make significant contributions to this field over the past several decades. In 2014, he was awarded the Carl Sagan Medal by the American Astronomical Society for outstanding communication of planetary science to the public.

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