INFRASTRUCTURE NEW ZEALAND TEAM Members

Owen Gill

Chief Executive


Owen has extensive experience in implementing strategy, organisational change, public policy, micro-economic reform, both here and in Australia.


In 2016 Owen served as acting CEO at Financial Services Council and recently he has worked as a consultant with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, New Zealand Law Society, and the Commerce Commission.


Owen’s qualifications include Masters of Business Administration (MBA) (Macquarie), Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Policy (VUW), and Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) (VUW).


In 2019 he wrote the book “Turning Point Auckland - Radical Policy to Prepare Auckland for Two Million People” on the long-term future of the city.


Phone: +64 (0) 21 961 922


Natalie Meki
Events Director

Natalie has over ten years’ experience working in the New Zealand events industry, specialising in Corporate Events & Activations.

Prior to joining the Infrastructure New Zealand team, Natalie worked with a range of clients such as Mastercard, Pernod Ricard, Americas Cup Events (ACE) as well as being part of the Air New Zealand events team for four years.

Natalie’s career highlights include, being on the organising committee for President Barack Obama’s New Zealand visit, as well as being project lead for Air New Zealand’s involvement in repatriating 28 New Zealand Defence Force personnel from Malaysia (Te Auraki).

Originally from West Yorkshire, Natalie relocated to New Zealand 12 years ago.

Phone: +64 (0) 21 978 820

 



Claire Edmondson
Chief Advisor

Claire has over 18 years’ experience as a consultant specialising in central and local government public policy advice and has worked on some tough policy issues – most recently the Wage Subsidy Scheme and the Resurgence Support Payment.

She held several roles in Christchurch following the earthquakes, including Chief Advisor to the CEO of CERA, Acting Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Christchurch, Strategic Advisor to the Crown Manager of Christchurch City Council following the loss of their accreditation, Establishment Lead for communications and governance in the crown company Otakaro, and Senior Advisor on the Canterbury Royal Commission.

Claire was also Senior Ministerial Advisor to the Minister of Education. 

Phone: +64 (0) 21 272 7879

 


Azeem Khan
Senior Policy Advisor

Azeem’s extensive experience includes infrastructure funding and financing, ministerial and policy advice, and strategic insights and transport advice.

He was involved in shaping several responses to Productivity Commission inquiries, including critiquing Bills.

Azeem also has spatial planning experience and worked as a drafter of the Homes and Places outcome of the Auckland Plan 2050.

Phone: +64 (0) 21 150 8677

 





Tara Daly

Event & Network Manager

 

With over five years experience in the event industry, Tara has managed a range of events worldwide, from intimate meetings to large scale incentive programmes and conferences.


Before joining Infrastructure New Zealand, Tara held a role with professional services firm Wachsman where she managed global event portfolios for clients in the blockchain space. She was also heavily involved with BlockW, an initiative that was established in 2018 to encourage women to get involved in blockchain and emerging technology in Ireland.


Tara holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in TV, Radio and New Media Broadcasting and a Postgraduate Diploma in Event Management & Public Relations.




Katarina Farkas

Digital Marketing Specialist


Having over 10 years experience in marketing & design, Katarina is responsible for digital  marketing initiatives, social media management, website optimisation and CRM maintenance at Infrastructure New Zealand.


Before joining the team, Katarina's career was largely based in pharmaceutical manufacturing and real estate sales, specialising ibrand development, marketing strategy, graphic design and event coordination. 


Katarina possesses Diplomas in Digital Marketing and Tourism (Operations Management).


Phone: +64 (0) 22 494 3410


Nicole Seadon

Executive Assistant


Working away behind the scenes, Nicole is responsible for diary management, membership database maintenance, and administrative support.


Nicole has a background in administration and sales, previously working at Harvey Norman and Michael Hill. 

 


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