About Us

About Us

Connect with the Leaders of mid-sized kiwi companies and access the connections, capability and capital you need to grow.  

New Zealand Leaders assists companies to achieve sustainable growth, enter new markets and evaluate entry and exit strategies for their business.

Using this experience and its networks, New Zealand Leaders operates a range of initiatives designed to benefit companies at different stages of growth.

Find out more about the Executive Leaders Series

New Zealand Leaders has a vision that includes:

  • Assisting growth companies to become national and international market leaders;
  • Developing and enhance the leadership skills of Founders, Directors and Executives;
  • Developing greater link to local, national and international capital markets;
  • Surrounding growth companies with Business, Industry and Government leaders.

Advisory Board

New Zealand Leaders has a nationally recognised Advisory Board, consisting of leading executive and non-executive directors to assist in developing the ongoing strategic direction of the network and aide in the growth and development of Members. This Advisory Board includes:

Brett O’Riley

Brett O’Riley is the current Chief Executive of Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development, Auckland’s economic growth agency tasked with improving New Zealand’s economic prosperity by leading the successful transformation of Auckland’s economy.Brett has worked on a wide range of start-up and major infrastructure and change projects, and developments in the ICT industry in New Zealand and internationally. He has held senior management positions for over 20 years in the private and public sectors. This includes recent roles as Deputy Chief Executive, Business Innovation and Investments for the Ministry of Science + Innovation, and as the founding CEO of the NZICT Group which is made up of New Zealand’s leading information and communications technology companies.

Brett’s current governance roles include a member of the Board of Trustees of the Manaiakalani Education Trust, and a trustee of Harbour Sports and Chairman of the 21st Century Learning Reference Group. He is also a member of the Innovation Partnership Advisory Board.



Ben Marris

Ben started out in law in London, before taking a variety of commercial positions in the banking and the sports industry’s in New Zealand. He has owned and run businesses in the consultancy and executive coaching industries over the last ten years before starting NZ Leaders in 2015. Ben has a Law Degree and a Business Degree from the University of Otago .

Peter McClure

Peter began his career in accountancy and went on to lead a number of ‘fast moving consumer goods’ companies. Most recently he was managing director of Fonterra New Zealand – incorporating branded goods, retail and rural supplies. Previously he was managing director of Lion Breweries NZ and prior to that, of SC Johnson and Son, an American multi-national company, also in ‘fast moving consumer goods.

During this time Peter was involved in the consolidation of the dairy industry, and extensive corporate restructuring.

He now splits his time between commercial non-executive directorships, advisory work and his roles as Board Chair of World Vision NZ and as a director on the board of World Vision International, the global governing body.



Michael Ahie

Michael Ahie is a business owner and company  director based in Wellington, New Zealand.

He is Pro Chancellor of Massey University, Chairman of Plant & Food Research, Chairman of ComplyWith NZ Limited and Chairman of the New Zealand Food Safety and Assurance Advisory Council.  He is a founding partner of AltusQ NZ Ltd and is a director of a number of other companies including FMG, BCC Limited and MIG Angels.

Michael is passionate about his country and is dedicated to the commercial and cultural success of organisations in New Zealand.  He speaks regularly at industry groups and forums and has specific expertise and experience working with the agriculture and horticulture industries, Māori businesses, the science and innovation sector and local and central Government agencies.

Michael completed the Executive Development Programme at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and received his First Class Honours degree from Massey University. Of Taranaki, Ngā Ruahine and Ngāti Ruanui descent, Michael lives in Wellington, New Zealand with his wife Janine and their two sons.

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New Zealand Leaders selects leading growth companies to become Members. Up to 25 Executive Leaders and 16 Future Leaders are selected each year.