CHRIS RICKIT (PRESIDENT)
Chris Rickit is the principal of Rickit Law, specialising in commercial property, general commercial work and trusts.
Chris is an active tennis player and golfer, and was President of the Khandallah Tennis and Squash Club for two years in the 1980s. He has also been active in Law Society affairs, being a past member of the NZ Law Society Property Law Committee and of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal.
Chris’ association with the Wellington Club commenced in 1992 when he joined. He was elected to the Committee in 2011 and elected President in June 2014.
Chris is married to Wellington-born Helen Rickit. They have three children aged 42, 40 and 36.
Professor John Prebble (Vice 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.
MURRAY NEWMAN (TREASURER)
Chief Financial Officer Intergen.
After qualifying as a chartered accountant with Deloitte in 1993 Murray headed to the UK and returned in 2006 when he joined Intergen as Chief Financial Officer.
During his time in London, Murray worked solely for professional service firms and spent time with organisations such as Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and Clifford Chance. His last role in
London was as the Finance Director of a nationwide law firm.
Murray is married to Carolyn and has two daughters. He is also Deputy Chair of Orchestra Wellington.
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.
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 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.
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 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.