Christopher Russell FCG FGNZ

Treasurer & Central Electoral Representative

Christopher Russell LLB, Dip. Corporate Management, MBA, FCG FGNZ has been a full-time consultant specialising in State-owned Enterprise (SOE) reform, public private partnerships (PPPs) and corporate governance reform since April 2007.

Prior to commencing full-time consultancy, Chris was Chief Executive of a New Zealand Local Authority Trading Enterprise holding company, the Auckland Regional Services Trust (ARST) from 1994 to 1998; Executive Director of the New Zealand Crown Company Monitoring and Advisory Unit (CCMAU), responsible for SOE ownership monitoring; and Chief Executive of the Marketplace Company Limited from 2001 to 2006. The Marketplace Company operated the New Zealand electricity market.

In his SOE reform, governance and PPP consultancy roles Chris has provided advice to SOEs and governments throughout the Pacific and Latin America, Pakistan, Viet Nam, and Ethiopia working with the Asian Development Bank, World Bank and Tony Blair Institute. Chris has provided governance training for SOE directors in New Zealand and in many Pacific Island countries and has develop an e-Governance training program. Chris has co-authored five studies on the comparative performance of SOEs in participating Pacific and non-Pacific Island countries. The reports were published by the ADB in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016 and assessed the impact of key performance drivers, such as governance.

Chris has served on several private sector and SOE boards in New Zealand and the Pacific and is a Fellow of Governance New Zealand and The Charted Governance Institute.