Meet our board

The New Zealand Post Board of Directors is responsible for the overall direction objectives and strategies of the group.

Rodger Finlay, BCom, FCA, CFInstD

Rodger Finlay has more than 10 years governance experience, following an executive career of 27 years in the financial services industry including senior investment banking and funds management positions with major institutions.

Rodger has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from the University of Otago and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, as well as a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Carol Campbell, BCom, CA

Carol Campbell brings 30 years of financial experience with a background as a Chartered Accountant and is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Carol has extensive financial experience and a sound understanding of efficient Board governance. Carol holds a number of directorships across a broad spectrum of companies, including T&G Global, NZME, NPT and the Fisher Listed Investment companies – Kingfish, Barramundi and Marlin Global where she is also Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. She is also a Director of Kiwibank and holds a number of private company directorships.

Carol was a Director of The Business Advisory Group for 11 years a chartered accountancy practice, and prior to that a partner at Ernst & Young for over 25 years.

Richie Smith, MBA

Richie Smith brings with him over 20 years of national and international executive leadership roles with an extensive background in change management, agriculture and logistics. Richie has had significant experience as a Chief Executive in a range of industry sectors before focusing on governance roles.

He currently holds chairmanship and directorship roles in a number of companies including Hilton Haulage Transport Group, Tapex Group PTY, Ngai Tahu Farming and a number of private entities. He is also Chairman of the United Fire Brigades Association of New Zealand.

Richie has held previous directorship positions in the dairy, agriculture, telecommunications, technology and tourism sectors. He was also a Ministerial appointment to a District Health Board.

Jignasha Patel, BCom, CA, MInoD, GAICDA

Jignasha is a passionate advocate of leading business growth and transformations through people and culture coupled with commercialisation and an insights driven focus on customers. She has more than 25 years’ experience in executive and general management leading diverse teams, portfolios and revenue streams in multiple countries. Jignasha is currently Director Enterprise and Finance at Auckland War Memorial Museum and Board Trustee for COMET Auckland.

Jignasha has worked as Consulting Director for Business Catalyst International, General Manager Cargo at Air New Zealand and spent eleven years as General Manager of Air New Zealand Aviation Institute. She is also a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand as well as a Member of the Institute of Directors (NZ) and Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Nagaja Sanatkumar, B.Tech, MBA, MInsD

Nagaja has over 20 years’ experience harnessing technology to achieve growth and profitability in e-Commerce. She has been the General Manager of Global e-Commerce at Icebreaker since 2017.

She has worked as General Manager Online at Pumpkin Patch, Senior Manager e-Commerce at Paymark and Senior Manager at Amazon. She has an extensive background in e-Commerce and her philosophy is that if it isn’t relevant for a customer, it isn’t worth it.

John Sproat, BA/LLB (hons)

John has over 30 years’ experience practicing in areas of bank lending, securitisation, structured and project financing and capital markets, working for New Zealand and international corporate and banking clients.

John was a Partner at Chapman Tripp for 23 years. He is currently a member of the Independent Advisory Panel of the Provincial Growth Fund and a member of the Ministerial Advisory Panel for the Reserve Bank Review.