Selected Engagements

Chief ExecutiveNelson City Council

Ichor is pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick (Pat) Dougherty to the position of Chief Executive at the Nelson City Council.

Pat is currently the Chief Executive of the Kapiti Coast District Council, a role he has held for the past nine years. Prior to this, he was Deputy Chief Executive at the Nelson City Council.

With an extensive background in local government, Pat is widely regarded as a Chief Executive who can build cohesion across local authority boundaries, and brings a strong understanding of Nelson City Council’s role as a unitary authority. In addition, his ability to build relationships with the community and iwi will be useful in developing a collaborative approach to this position.

He commences his new role in December 2017.

Assistant Governor / Head of OperationsReserve Bank of New Zealand

Ichor is pleased to announce the appointment of Sean Mills to the position of Assistant Governor/Head of Operations at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

Sean is currently the Chief Information Officer at the Department of Corrections, a role he has held since mid-2016.

Prior to this, he spent a decade with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) where his final leadership role was as Head of IT Service Delivery. In this role, Sean contributed extensively to the operating performance of MSD’s technical services. Earlier, from 1996 – 2006, he held several IT senior management roles at the ANZ Bank.

As an experienced senior leader and business governance chair, Sean has worked on a number of cross-government strategic initiatives, and has over 15 years’ prior experience in the finance sector.

In his new role at the Reserve Bank, Sean will have accountability for the Knowledge Services, Human Resources, Communications, Financial Services, Currency Property and Security and Risk Assessment and Assurance functions.

He commences his new role on 29 November 2017.

New Zealand Tax LeaderChartered Accountants ANZ

Ichor is pleased to announce the appointment of John Cuthbertson to the position of New Zealand Tax Leader at Chartered Accountants ANZ.

John has built a successful career in the consulting sector and had held the role of Director in the Tax/Financial Advisory Services division at PwC since 2002. He previously joined the organisation under the Coopers & Lybrand banner in the early 1990s.

With a wealth of practical experience, John’s value proposition is built on his ability to leverage his extensive consulting knowledge across multiple sectors to contributing to the tax policy process in this key advocacy role at Chartered Accountants ANZ.

He commenced in the role in August 2017.

Deputy Commissioner - Customer & Compliance Services (Business)Inland Revenue

Ichor is pleased to announce the appointment of Gaye Searancke to the position of Deputy Commissioner - Customer and Compliance Services (Business) at Inland Revenue.

Gaye was most recently the Chief Governance and Strategy Officer at the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), where she served on the Executive Team for the past two-and-a-half years.

Prior to this, she held a number of public sector roles including Deputy Chief Executive, Labour and Commercial Environment Group at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and Deputy Secretary, Competition, Trade and Investment at the Ministry of Economic Development (MED).

During her career, Gaye has set up the Labour Inspectorate as a stand-alone regulator, developed New Zealand's leading Health and Safety system to establish WorkSafe New Zealand, overseen law reforms of the financial markets and modernised the country's Patent Laws.

She commences her new role in August 2017.

Deputy Commissioner - Customer & Compliance Services (Individual)Inland Revenue

Ichor is pleased to announce the appointment of Sharon Thompson to the position of Deputy Commissioner - Customer & Compliance Services (Individual) at Inland Revenue, following a comprehensive search.

Sharon has an extensive career in banking, most recently with ASB and previously with Westpac. This includes leading major change for individual and business banking customers including developing a range of new strategies across small businesses, migrant banking and sales force effectiveness, all of which supported the banking network towards implementing digital strategies.

She commences her new role in July 2017.


General Manager, People and CustomerGreater Wellington Regional Council

Ichor is proud to announce the appointment of Lucy Matheson (nee Wills) to the position of General Manager, People and Customer at the Greater Wellington Regional Council, following an extensive search and recruitment process.

Lucy is currently the General Manager, People and Safety at Landcorp Farming, a role she has held since September 2015. In this position, her responsibilities have included supporting the Chief Executive (Steven Carden)’s efforts to transform New Zealand farming and the introduction of ‘Pamu Promise’, an organisation-wide performance and quality framework due to be rolled out over the next three years.

Previously, she was Human Resources Director at the Ministry of Social Development and earlier spent over a decade working for ANZ in the change management and organisational development areas, playing a key role in the merger with National Bank.

Earlier in her career, Lucy spent several years as a Consultant with a leading executive search firm.
She commences her new role in April 2017.

Chief ExecutivePrimary ITO

Ichor is proud to announce that following an extensive search process, Linda Sissons has been recently appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Primary ITO, one of New Zealand’s largest industry training organisations.

With an extensive background in the education sector, Linda’s previous roles include Deputy Chief Executive of The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, and Chief Executive of the Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) for 15 years.

Her other experience includes serving on a number of Ministerial Advisory Bodies, including her current role as Chair of the Commonwealth of Learning.

Linda’s recent primary industry experience includes her role as Chief Executive of Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, and leading a project to develop the agriculture portfolio of Massey University.

Chief ExecutiveGNS Science

Ian Simpson has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of GNS Science, a leading Crown Research Institute.

Previously from 2010, Ian was the Chief Executive of the Earthquake Commission (EQC). He led EQC’s growth from 22 staff prior to the Canterbury earthquakes, to a number of 1800 since.

Prior to joining EQC, he was General Manager, Finance at the Accident Compensation Corporation and earlier had worked for over 25 years with international organisations including British Petroleum and Diageo.

He commences his new role on 30 January 2017.

Independent DirectorKiwi Insurance

Glenn Patrick has been appointed as Independent Director to the Board of Kiwi Insurance.

Previously, Glenn was Head of Services at Dimension Data New Zealand, a subsidiary of Dimension Data Holdings, a South African-based multinational that specialises in information technology services, with operations on every inhabited continent.

Earlier, he spent two years at the New Zealand Racing Board, where he was Executive Manager – TAB. Prior to this, he progressed through a number of senior leadership roles at the BNZ, culminating in the position of Chief Operating Officer, Retail Bank.

Glenn’s previous governance experience has included directorships at Loyalty New Zealand, BNZ Life Insurance and The Warehouse Financial Services.

With a wealth of knowledge of the life insurance industry, and more specifically, deep exposure to bancassurance, Glenn is a welcome and timely addition to the Kiwi Insurance Board.

Chief ExecutiveCoffee Supreme

Richard Shirtcliffe has been appointed as Chief Executive of Coffee Supreme, a privately owned specialty coffee roaster, supplying high-end cafes and consumers throughout New Zealand & Australia.

Previously, Richard was Chief Executive at the Tuatara Brewing Company, an early leader in the resurgence of craft brewing in New Zealand. During his three years at the helm, Tuatara became a household name, entering an outstanding 13 new markets.

Earlier, he was Marketing Director at Most Excellent Holdings, formerly known as phil&teds. Initially brought on to re-launch the flagship brand, the organisation subsequently launched a number of new brands, growing from 5 to 50 markets over a span of seven years.

With a strong entrepreneurial background, Richard has held a number of senior marketing leadership roles in his early career, including as Market Manager for Icebreaker’s New Zealand and Australian operations.

Richard brings a passion for positioning companies effectively for growth through strong product strategies and an export-oriented distribution base.

He transitions from 'brew to brew' in October 2016.