Board of Directors
Oceania has an experienced Board with a diverse range of skills, including industry and business knowledge, financial management and corporate governance experience. The Board currently comprises an independent Chair, three independent non-executive Directors and three non-executive Directors.
Chair and Independent Director
Liz Coutts has been a Director of Oceania since 5 November 2014 and was appointed Chair in 2014.
Liz is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. She is a former President of the Institute of Directors NZ Inc. and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2016.
Liz has previously been Chief Executive of Caxton Group, Chairman of Meritec Group Limited, Industrial Research Limited and Life Pharmacy Limited, Deputy Chairman of Public Trust, and a Commissioner of both the Commerce Commission and Earthquake Commission. She has been a Director of Sanford Limited, Ravensdown Fertiliser Cooperative, the Health Funding Authority, PHARMAC, Air New Zealand, Sport and Recreation New Zealand and Trust Bank New Zealand, and a member of both the Financial Reporting Standards Board of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Monetary Policy Committee of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.
Liz is a member of the Audit Committee, the Remuneration Committee, the Clinical and Health & Safety Committee and the Development Committee.
Alan Isaac has been a Director of Oceania since 1 October 2015. Alan is a professional director with extensive experience in accounting, finance and governance. He is currently President of the Institute of Directors NZ Inc and is Chairman of McGrath Nicol & Partners and New Zealand Community Trust. He is also a former President of the International Cricket Council. Alan is a Director of Scales Corporation Limited and Skellerup Holdings Limited. He is also a Board member of the Wellington Free Ambulance.
Alan is a former national Chairman of KPMG, and was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in 2013. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Alan is Chair of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Remuneration Committee.
Dame Kerry Prendergast
MBA (VUW), NZRN, NZM
Dame Kerry Prendergast has been a Director of Oceania since 22 December 2016. Dame Kerry is a professional director. She was Mayor of Wellington (2001-2010) and is currently the Chair of the New Zealand Film Commission. Dame Kerry is also a board member of New Zealand Conservation Authority, Wellington Free Ambulance and New Zealand Community Trust.
For 25 years Dame Kerry was an independent midwife after training as a general nurse in 1970, and consequently gaining a Diploma in Intensive Care.
She was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in 2011 and was promoted to Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in January 2019 for services to governance and the community.
Dame Kerry is Chair of the Clinical and Health & Safety Committee.
BHSc, MSc, FAICD, GAIST
Sally Evans has been a Director of Oceania since 23 March 2018. Sally has over 30 years’ experience in the private, government and social enterprise sectors in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong.
Sally currently chairs the social enterprise LifeCircle Australia Limited and is a Director of Primary Health Care Limited in Australia and Rest (Australian Super Fund).
She has previously held Directorships on the boards of Opal Specialist Aged Care and Blue Cross Aged Care, was an inaugural member of the Australian Federal Government’s Aged Care Financing Authority and held executive roles as Healthcare Director at the FTSE Compass Group plc and Head of Aged Care at AMP Capital.
Sally is Chair of the Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Clinical and Health & Safety Committee and the Audit Committee.
BCA (Hons), MBA, CA
Patrick McCawe has been a Director of Oceania since 16 February 2017. Patrick is a Division Director in the MIRA business based in Sydney and joined the Macquarie Group in 1996.
Patrick has 37 years’ experience across corporate treasury, investment banking and infrastructure funds management. Patrick was Head of Investment Banking at Macquarie New Zealand from 2002 to 2006 and was a Director of Metlifecare Limited from 2005 to 2007. He has also been a Director of several MIRA-managed companies in Australia and Asia and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
BEc LLB (Hons) (Syd)
Hugh FitzSimons has been a Director of Oceania since 25 October 2012. Hugh is a Division Director in the MIRA business. Hugh has worked with MIRA for 15 years in Sydney and New York, prior to which he worked at Allens for three years. Hugh is currently a Director of RSL Lifecare Limited in Australia and was previously a Director of Hobart Airport Limited and Regis Healthcare. He has also been on the board of several MIRA investments in the transport sector in the USA and is a member of the NSW Law Society.
Greg Tomlinson has been a Director of Oceania since 23 March 2018. Greg is a Christchurch domiciled businessman and investor with experience in a variety of New Zealand industries. One of the original pioneers of the aquaculture industry in Marlborough, he has also established construction and aged care businesses.
Greg established Qualcare before it was sold into the Oceania Group in early 2008 and he was a director of Oceania Healthcare from 2008 until 2016. Greg holds directorships on the boards of a number of New Zealand based companies and is currently a director of Heartland Bank Limited.
Greg is Chair of the Development Committee.