Board of Directors

The LGFA Board comprises independent and non-independent directors, the majority of which are required to be independent directors appointed by shareholders.

The LGFA Board, is responsible for the strategic direction and control of LGFA’s activities. The Board guides and monitors the business and affairs of LGFA, in accordance with:

  • Local Government Act 2002;
  • Local Government Borrowing Act 2011;
  • Companies Act 1993;
  • LGFA’s Constitution;
  • LGFA Shareholder Agreement;
  • LGFA Annual Statement of Intent.

The names, positions, qualifications and experience of LGFA’s directors are set out below:

Craig Stobo

Independent Chair

BA (Hons) Economics. First Class, Otago

Craig has worked as a diplomat, economist, investment banker and Chief Executive Officer of BT Funds Management (NZ) Limited. He has completed the Advanced Management Programme at Wharton Business School in Philadelphia, authored reports to the New Zealand Government on the Taxation of Investment Income (which led to the PIE regime), and the creation of New Zealand as a funds domicile. He currently chairs the listed companies Precinct Properties New Zealand Limited, AIG Insurance (NZ Board). He has directorship and private equity interests in financial services and other businesses. He was chair of the Establishment Board and acting Chief Executive of LGFA. He is chair of the Establishment Board of the Local Government Risk Agency.

John Avery

Independent Director

LLB, C.F.Inst.D

John was managing partner, then Chairman of Hesketh Henry. He was a director of The Warehouse Group Limited, several start-up businesses, a number of CCOs, an industry cooperative 'ITM', Regional Facilities Auckland Limited and Spider Tracks Limited. He is currently an independent director of Strategic Pay Limited, Fund Managers Auckland Limited and a trustee of the New Zealand School of Dance.

Philip Cory-Wright

Independent Director

LLB (Hons), BCA Business Management, INFINZ (Cert), C.F.Inst.D

Philip is a solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and Victoria. He has worked as a corporate finance adviser in New Zealand to the corporate sector on debt and equity matters for more than 25 years. He is currently a director of South Port New Zealand Limited, Papa Rererangi i Puketapu (New Plymouth Airport) and strategic adviser to clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He was a member of the Local Government Infrastructure Expert Advisory Group tasked with advising the Minister of Local Government on improvements in local government infrastructure efficiency.

Anthony Quirk

Independent Director

BCA (Hons) First Class, INFINZ (Fellow), C.M.Inst.D

Anthony is an experienced financial services sector professional with over thirty years executive experience in the sector, including nine years as Managing Director of Milford Asset Management. He has a varied portfolio of governance interests with an emphasis on areas that improve or contribute to communities. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand (INFINZ) and is a former Chairman of that organisation. He was previously Chair of the Asset Management Advisory Board of the New Zealand Exchange, Deputy Chair and Board member of the New Zealand Society of Investment Analysts and a previous member of the Financial Reporting Standards Board of the New Zealand Society of Accountants.

Linda Robertson

Independent Director

B.Com, Dip Banking, INFINZ (Fellow), C.F.Inst.D, GAICD

Linda is a professional director with nearly 20 years governance experience and over 30 years experience in executive finance roles, having worked in the banking and energy sector in New Zealand. She is Chair of Pacific Radiology Group, a director of Auckland Council Investments Limited, Dunedin City Holdings Limited, Dunedin City Treasury Limited, NZPM Group Limited and Crown Irrigation Investments Limited. Linda is also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Ministry of Social Development, a member of the Treasury Advisory Committee of the New Zealand Export Credit Office and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for Central Otago District Council.

Michael Timmer


CA, BBS, BAgrSci, INFINZ (Cert), M.Inst.

Mike has worked for Citibank in its financial market section and held accountancy and treasury roles in the health sector and is presently Treasurer at the Greater Wellington Regional Council. He is Chairman of the Finance Committee of Physiotherapy New Zealand Incorporated and past Deputy Chair of the LGFA Shareholders’ Council.