Board & Exec team

Evan Davies

Chair

Evan Davies joined Todd Property Group as Managing Director in 2008. He has held a number of senior positions during his career, including Managing Director of Sky City for 11 years. Evan is also a Trustee and Board Member of several charitable and public sector enterprises.

Dr Susan Macken

Deputy Chair

Susan has extensive governance and senior management experience in business including the Bank of New Zealand and Panuku Development Auckland. 

Kerry Hitchcock

Board Director

Kerry has a long history of experience in a variety of fields, including strategic planning, asset management and the development of commercial and residential property. 

Diana Puketapu

Board Director

Diana is a chartered accountant who is of Ngati Porou descent. She is on the boards of Ngati Porou Holding Company Ltd, a member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee, Public Trust and Aotearoa Credit Union. She has held a number of chief financial officer roles, both in New Zealand and overseas.

John Sax

Board Director

Appointed as the Crown’s sole discretionary director, John is the founder of the Southpark Group of Companies. He is the Founder and Chairman of the For the Sake of Our Children Trust and works with numerous community and social action initiatives.

Martin Udale

Board Director

Martin has extensive experience in land and property development, most recently as CEO of McConnell Properties. He has a leading understanding of development economics, urban planning and design.  

John Holyoake

Chief Executive Officer

John Holyoake leads the strategic direction for the TRC team. He has worked at the leading edge of public-private partnership (PPP) initiatives. His work has spanned to include working with local communities, government, agencies and large stakeholder groups to deliver coordinated solutions.

Avon Adams

General Manager Communications and Engagement

Avon has held communication roles in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. She has led communications and corporate affairs in such organisations as the Department of Conservation, Air New Zealand, Vodafone and TVNZ. Avon has also consulted for many government and private sector organisations.

Paul McElwee

Chief Financial Officer

Paul joined us in January 2019 as our Interim CFO. 

He worked at Northpower Ltd where he held the role of CFO since 2015.  He has been in senior leadership roles in the commercial sector for over 15 years following many years focused on driving business performance in corporate heavyweights such as New Zealand Dairy Foods, Fonterra and Pact Group.  Paul’s experience spans both the public and private sectors across New Zealand and Australia.  

He currently sits on the Auckland leadership team for the Institute of Chartered Accountants where he assists with driving change in the profession. 

 

Shelley Katae

General Manager Strategy and Performance

Shelley has held a number of general management and operations roles in businesses across New Zealand, Australia and Fiji. She is currently a board member of Taupo Moana Ltd (Ngāti Tuwharetoa) and Te Waipuna Puawai Mercy Oasis Limited.

Neil Porteous

General Manager Housing

Neil worked at Vodafone NZ for 10 years in a variety of roles, culminating in his appointment as Director of Human Resources. He was also the CEO of the Child Cancer Foundation for two years. A strong proponent of diversity in the workplace, Neil is a trustee of the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust.

JOANNA BRAIN

General Manager Regeneration and Placemaking

Joanna joined TRC in 2013 as a strategic planner leading the development of the overarching Strategic Framework for Tāmaki. She brought a wealth of experience working on urban regeneration projects in the UK. 

After moving to New Zealand, Joanna worked as a consultant on a number of projects, predominantly for the public sector, before joining Auckland Council in the property team.

She has taken on the role of GM Regeneration and Placemaking where the team is tasked with ensuring the regeneration outcomes are delivered through quality neighbourhood design and placemaking initiatives.