There are eight Directors – an independent Chairman, three independent Directors, three representatives of Opus’ majority Shareholder and the Managing Director, who is non-independent. Together, they chart our course. The gender make-up of the board is one female and seven male directors.
Dr Kerry McDonaldChairman and Director, Independent
Kerry is an experienced company director who has been on the Opus Board since 2007 and Chairman since 2008.
He brings a wealth of strategic, operational and international experience from a range of private and state sector roles. He is also Chairman of Powerhouse Ventures Ltd, Deputy Chairman of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, and the National Army Museum, Waiouru. He is also a Life Member of the Australia New Zealand Business Council. Under his leadership, Opus has
shifted its focus towards continuous business improvement, with the goal of delivering long term profitable growth and shareholder value.
Previous roles include chairmanship of the Government’s Savings Working Group, the Centres of Research Excellence Advisory Committee 2013/2014, the BNZ, Grant Thornton, OceanaGold, the State Sector Standards Board, and the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum. Past directorships include Carter Holt
Harvey, National Australia Bank, Ports of Auckland, Comalco New Zealand, Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd, Ruapehu Alpine Lifts and Antarctica New
Zealand. Kerry was Managing Director for CRA/Rio Tinto, Director of the NZ Institute of Economic Research, President of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand, and a member of the APEC Business Advisory Council, the Foreign Direct Investment Advisory Board and the eGovernment Advisory Board.
Qualifications: BCom, MCom (Hons), DCom (hc), CFIinstD, FAICD, FNZIMChairman, Remuneration and Nomination Committee, Health and Safety Committee
Alan IsaacDirector, Independent
Alan has extensive experience in accounting, finance and governance and has been a member of the Opus Board since 2010.
He is currently Chairman of McGrath Nicol and Partners, New Zealand Community Trust, the Audit and Risk Committee of the Department of Corrections, and Chairman and Director of Acurity Health Group Ltd. Alan is a Director of a number of companies, including: Scales Corporation Ltd, Fliway Group Ltd, AKA Investments Ltd, New Zealand Vault Ltd, Selacs Insurance Ltd, Wellington Free Ambulance, Oceania Healthcare (NZ) Ltd, Rakaia Finance Ltd and Rakaia Investments Ltd.
Alan also provided Chairmanship and advisory services to a number of independent committees, and is a former national Chairman of KPMG. Alan was previously President of the International Cricket Council. He was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit
(CNZM) in 2013.
Qualifications: BCA, FCCA, FICS, CNZM Chairman, Audit Committee
Keith WatsonDirector, Independent
Keith has been a member of the Opus Board since 2008 and provides considerable strategic and executive leadership experience in technology and professional services.
He is currently Managing Director of Hewlett Packard Enterprise New Zealand, a Director of various companies such as Cranleigh Forests Ltd. Keith has previously held senior executive roles with Hewlett Packard in Australia, Asia Pacifi c and at Hewlett Packard corporate headquarters in the United States.
Sam KnowlesDirector, Independent
Sam joined Opus as Director on 17 August. Sam is familiar to many in New Zealand as the CEO that established Kiwibank and led it from a start-up to a business with over 700,000 customers and more than 1000 employees.
He’s held senior positions with major banks in Australia and New Zealand and has extensive experience in strategy, organisational capability building, private and public sector governance and innovation.
Sam holds a number of governance roles in growth businesses with an export and technology focus including Chairman of Xero.
Dr David PrenticeManaging Director, Non-Independent and Executive
David was appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive in 2010. He holds a PhD in Engineering from Edinburgh University, and has held leadership roles at all levels of the business, giving him a deep understanding of the Company and a strong awareness of the needs of a professional services consultancy.
He is Chairman of the New Zealand Business Infrastructure Committee. Under David’s leadership, Opus has expanded its strategic investment in core capabilities and business diversification
Qualifications and roles: PhD, BEng, (Hons), FIPENZ, CPEng Chief Executive andManaging Director
Datuk Nik Airina Nik JaffarDirector, Non-Independent and Non-Executive
Datuk Nik Airina Nik Jaffar has been a member of the Opus Board since 2010 and brings extensive strategic, operational and technical engineering experience to the Board.
Datuk Nik Airina is also Group Chief Business Development Officer of UEM Group. She has held a number of senior positions including the Chief Operating Officer of PLUS Expressways Berhad. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) UK, and serves as the Vice Chairman of CIHT Malaysia.
In addition, she is a member of the World Road Association’s (PIARC) Technical Committee 4.1 on management of road assets. Nik Airina is currently on the Board of various companies including Opus Group Bhd, Opus International (M) Bhd and Opus International India Private Limited
Azmir MericanDirector, Non-Independent and Non-Executive
Azmir Merican has been a member of the Opus Board since 2013. He is currently the Managing Director/CEO of UEM Edgenta Bhd.
He started his career as an investment analyst and later worked as a manager in the financial advisory arm of Pricewaterhouse-Coopers. He was part of the team that established CIMB Investment Bank’s private equity business and was involved in fund structuring and fund raising, investment evaluation and structuring and monitoring and execution of divestment plans.
Previously, as Group CEO/Managing Director, he led the successful restructuring of AWC Bhd, a listed entity on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia and a provider of engineering services and integrated facilities management in South East Asia and the Middle East.
Mohd Shahazwan bin Mohd HarrisNon-executive Director
Mohd Shahazwan bin Mohd Harris joined the Opus Board in December 2016. He has held a number of executive positions and directorships across the investment and consultancy sectors.
He was an Executive Director in the Investments Division of Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Khazanah), the strategic investment fund of the Government of Malaysia. He joined Khazanah in 2005 as a Senior Vice President, Investments, from The Boston Consulting Group, where he was a consultant working extensively in the energy sector. Prior to that, he had also worked with PA Consulting Group and Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Malaysia’s main energy provider.
Mohd Shahazwan bin Mohd Harris was also a Board member of Malaysia Airlines Berhad, Malaysia Airlines System Berhad, Penerbangan Malaysia Berhad, Pantai Holdings Berhad and a number of other private companies.