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.

James Gould

James Gould is a partner with Caniwi Capital, a Wellington based private investment and advisory firm. He joined Caniwi in 2011 upon returning to New Zealand after investment banking roles in London and Sydney. Through his career James has worked closely with boards and senior management of companies on a range of strategic transactions. He is the Chairman of Kacific Broadband Satellites, a Singapore-based public company providing high speed remote access broadband throughout South East Asia, the Pacific Islands and New Zealand. Volunteer activity includes Chairman of the Scots College Old Boys’ Association. James holds commerce and law degrees from Victoria University of Wellington and an MBA from INSEAD (France), and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. He is an enthusiastic road cyclist (and member of the FFC Racing Team) and moonlights with the Croaking Toads (Karori’s famous Dad band). James is married to Sylvie, and has three children Jack, Alessandra and Thomas.

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Willow Sainsbury

Willow Sainsbury is an educational psychologist in Lower Hutt. She graduated from Princeton University in Art, Archaeology and fined arts, then studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar in Anthropology. After a long period in the USA and the UK she returned to Dunedin in 2012 where she taught Classical Studies for three years before relocating to Wellington. Willow is involved in a number of projects to do with education and the arts.

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Warren Allen

Warren is a Chartered Accountant. He is CEO of the External Reporting Board, an independent Crown Entity responsible for accounting and audit standard setting.

Previously, Warren had 40 years with Ernst & Young (EY) with 30 years as an audit partner. During this time, he was the President of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants (1996) and President of the International Federation of Accountants (2012 -2014). He is a Life Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, part-time teacher in accounting topics at Victoria University of Wellington and a sports fan.

Warren has been a Karori resident since 1978, is married to Helen and they have three adult daughters, Jennie, Deb and Kate.

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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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