Glenda Hughes


Glenda Hughes has 25 years experience in management, leadership and corporate governance. She is owner and managing director of a communications and media strategy company, Glenda Hughes Communication, which specialises in strategic management, public change programmes, government relations, media liaison, marketing, promotions and launches. Ms Hughes has significant board and sporting experience through her service on the boards of charitable trusts and the Parole Board. She is a member of the Institute of Directors and has represented a number of sports teams, including New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games in 1982. In addition to her Bachelor of Arts degree, she holds a post graduate paper in creative non-fiction writing, a certificate in athletic career management and has completed papers for a Diploma in business administration, communications and dispute resolution.



Mauro Barsi has spent the last 3 years leading a business transformation project including resculpting the recruitment and retention functions of the business, reinvigorating the product offering, and managing the EMA’s risk profile. He currently leads one of the major business units within the EMA and is also involved in helping shape the EMA’s Employment Law activity, lobbying and policy work. He regularly represents the EMA in a variety of activities and is often requested as a speaker for industry events and conferences.

Previous to this Mauro gained substantial experience in business management, corporate restructuring and litigation. He has successfully led teams in various industry sectors, including in events, the public sector, employment relations field and in corporate litigation. He has managed a number of successful business transactions and helped shape the strategy for number of successful New Zealand entities.



Graham Cooney is an experienced director across a number of sporting business and education institutions. He is a founding director and now Chairman of Blue Sky Meats NZ Limited (since 2008) and has been a board member of the New Zealand Rugby Union since 2010. Graham participates in the racing industry through his breeding and racing of a few standardbred horses.



Rod was the owner of ECM Music (1995-05) and Lifestyle Sports (1991-94) and was appointed to the Board in August 2012 as Harness Code nominee. A standardbred breeder and owner, he has served as Chairman of Northern Harness Racing (2008-12) and is immediate past President of the Auckland Trotting Club. He has also served as Chairman and Director of the New Zealand Sire Stakes Board.



From the racing heartland of Cambridge, Greg McCarthy is a director of Sutton McCarthy Limited, a consultancy that provides strategic, financial and treasury advice to corporate and other clients. A Chartered Accountant, Greg is a director of Innova Products Limited and Rangatira Forests Limited. Greg has been active in the thoroughbred industry for more than 20 years as a breeder and racehorse owner. Greg has a BCA in Accounting, Economics and Commercial Law. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Rural Studies.



Barry Brown is one of New Zealand’s leading corporate lawyers and has advised on many of the country’s biggest deals over the past 30 years. Barry joined Chapman Tripp in 1972 and became a partner in 1980. Barry is a Senior Partner in Chapman Tripp’s corporate and commercial team, which advises New Zealand and multi-national clients on mergers and acquisitions, as well as securities law. During his time with Chapman Tripp, Barry has been Chairman of the Board and Managing Partner of the firm’s Wellington office. Barry is a member of the Auditor Regulation Advisory Group of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and a former member of the New Zealand Stock Exchange’s Market Surveillance Panel. Barry holds a law degree with honours from Victoria University of Wellington.



Alistair Ryan has extensive board and senior executive experience in both listed and unlisted companies in New Zealand and Australia. Alistair is a chartered accountant (CA) of ICANZ and holds an M.Comm degree (First Class Hons) in Accounting from Canterbury University. In addition to his board membership of NZRB, Alistair is currently Chairman of NZX listed companies Kingfish Limited, Barramundi Limited, and Marlin Global Limited, a Director and Audit and Risk Committee Chair of NZX and ASX listed companies Metlifecare Limited and Evolve Education Group Limited, and a director of unlisted companies Christchurch Casinos Limited and Lewis Road Creamery Limited.

Alistair is a Member of ICANZ’s Auditor Regulation Advisory Group and has been a member of one of the judging panels for the annual INFINZ finance sector awards for the last four years. Alistair held a number of senior executive positions during an extended career with SKYCITY Entertainment Group, commencing in 1995 (prior to opening of SKYCITY) through to retirement as Chief Financial Officer in June 2011. Prior to SKYCITY, Alistair was a partner with Ernst and Young in Auckland.