Club Committee


Professor John Prebble (President)

Professor Prebble is a member of the Law Faculty at Victoria University, a Gastprofessor at Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Vienna), and an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame, Australia. His main teaching and research interests are in income tax law. He has developed the sub-discipline “Jurisprudential Perspectives of Taxation Law”, which examines judicial reasoning in taxation cases from the perspective of legal philosophers. He is a member of the editorial boards of a number of scholarly and professional journals. He has advised several governments on tax reform and was a member of a number of New Zealand consultative committees on taxation. He is married to Nicky Riddiford. They have three children.


MATTHEW BEATTIE (Vice-President)

25 years with NZ, Australian and British Armies in training and operational command appointments in NZ, Australia, Germany, UK, Bosnia. 16 years as MD of Instep, a limited liability company with long-term contracts with many NZ and AS Top 100 companies.
Director in Salusora, health and well-being quality assessment framework company with Investors in People New Zealand. Director in BSSNZ, fitness for work training and consultancy that specialises in fatigue management and duties in fitness for work and mental health in the workplace programme.
Chairman of National Army Museum, Trustee of Karori Events Centre,Wellington College Centennial Trust, Wellington College Foundation, President of Wellington College Old Boys’ Association, Vice President Wellington RSA.


Phillipa urlich (honorary treasurer)

Phillipa is a Chartered Accountant having graduated from Victoria University in 1977. She has previous experience tutoring accounting at Wellington Polytechnic and managing audits for Ernst Young and Munro Benge, tax compliance/advisory work at Touche Ross (now Deloitte NZ) and was Company Secretary / Financial Controller for a Public Company (Capital City Radio Limited). Phillipa
set up her own accountancy company in 1997 now known as Urlich Lander Limited.   Having competed in tennis tournaments from the age of seven she represented Poverty Bay and Hawke’s Bay in tennis and squash. She is now Chair of Wellington Regional Tennis Inc. and Treasurer of the Thorndon Tennis Club, Chair of Finance Committee and Trustee of St Patrick’s College Wellington. Phillipa enjoys golf, tennis and sailing with friends. Phillipa is married to Denis Urlich and has two adult children, David and Kate.

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Ross Tanner

Ross Tanner is a professional director, and a consultant specialising in public sector management and governance. He has had extensive career experience in the State sector including senior management roles in Government departments and participation on the boards of Crown entities and companies. Ross currently serves on the board of a leading health information technology company, and is Deputy Chair of the Chartered Professional Engineers’ Council.                                                                             He also contributes in a number of voluntary board roles. He was President of the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand (IPANZ) from 2006 to 2009. In 2004 he was appointed as an Honorary Fellow at the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington. He is also a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors. Ross is married to Annie Fleetwood.


Richard Laurenson

Richard is a barrister sole practising out of Central Chambers at Wellington. He has been a barrister sole since 1991. Prior to that he was a partner of then Scott Morrison Dunphy & Co (now Morrison Kent) and before that of Govett Quilliam & Co at New Plymouth.
Richard was born and raised in his early years in Wellington but attended Dunstan High School (Alexandra), Te Awamutu College and, for his final two years, Wellington College. He attended Victoria University.
Richard has wide and varied interests including a general interest in most sports. He is a long serving President of the Talavera Municipal Tennis Club, and has or has had different roles with rugby, cricket and tennis in Wellington, not to mention snooker at the Wellington Club.
Richard has been a member of the Club since 1989. He is married to Susan and has five children, Katherine, Alexander, Antonia, Jack and Isabella.


Stephen is a lawyer. Since 2009 he has been a principal in Franks Ogilvie, a six lawyer firm that specialises in work at the intersection of government and commerce (and anything that intrigues its founders).  
He is a frequent speaker and writer on legal subjects with a particular focus on political, constitutional and financial market issues.  
Stephen is married to Catharine and has four children aged 27 to 34, all working overseas.  
Stephen spent six years as an MP, and before that was a partner in Chapman Tripp, where he started in 1979. That followed his law clerk apprenticeship and early court practice, then the usual OE and two years in the Office of the Ombudsman.

Kristy GranT

With an international export trade development and marketing background, Kristy is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport and has held several executive management positions - including running an export manufacturing and marketing company, so understands the unique advantage that the NZ story has to offer to the world.  
As a fervent Wellingtonian and a very proud New Zealander, Kristy is passionate about supporting and developing NZ business and sits on the Committee for Export NZ – Wellington division and also on the National Advisory Board for Export NZ.  
Kristy has her own business development consulting company that traverses several industries and spends a lot of time working in the film industry in Miramar.  
During the weekend Kristy enjoys spending time with her terriers and checking out new places to eat in the city.

Owen gibson

Owen Gibson is a partner in the Private Business practice of PwC.
Having studied at Victoria University of Wellington he has worked in Wellington in public practice accountancy since graduation other than two years working in London in the mid 1990s.
He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has served on several Institute committees including Trans Tasman Education Board and chair of the Wellington branch leadership committee, as well as a number of other boards and advisory groups.
Owen advises clients on a range of matters and is a recognised advisor and presenter on issues for private businesses including strategy and governance. Owen is married to Mary, originally from Co. Kildare in Ireland and has two sons.

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Philip mcconchie

Philip lives in Oriental Bay having been born and bred in Wellington. Philip married Bridget in 1999 and they have two teenage sons, Connor and Angus. Philip is Director of Spencer Holmes Limited, a long-established Wellington-based engineering, survey and planning consultancy. Philip trained as an Architect at Victoria University before departing on his OE in the United Kingdom and Europe in 1988 for four years. On his return to New Zealand Philip became heavily involved in the design and management of BP Oil New Zealand Limited’s network, and continues to be so. Philip heads the fire and services area of Spencer Holmes Limited, and has a good understanding of the building regulations that affect building construction and operation. Given his broad understanding of the issues associated with building and construction, along with the associated commercial limitations, Philip provides high level strategic advice to a large number of owners, developers and tenants, most of whom are long-standing clients. Having joined the Club in 2002 Philip was an active Club Member being appointed to the Committee in 2010, and the Vice President for 2016.

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