Nick Gerritsen is a Marlborough based business catalyst and entrepreneur specialising in start-up companies. He specialises in commercialising technology propositions from the ground up. Nick is currently engaged in projects in renewable energy, online, carbon economy and screen production sectors. He is a director of Carbonscape and Pounamu Productions (NZ) – amongst others.
Nick was a founding member of the Marlborough Regional Development Trust which received OECD recognition for its unique approach to regional development. Nick graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB). During his legal career, he advised leading corporates on intellectual property and later enjoyed a string of successful business ventures.
David is the Managing Director of Pure Power and an international entrepreneur with 25 years of executive leadership experience at high-profile global technology companies in Asia, Europe and North America.
David has made a career of converting large, industrial ideas into practical realities. As an executive at Global Crossing in the 1990s, he led groundbreaking projects like the worldwide installation of the world’s first subsea, fiber-optic infrastructure.
David’s arrival on the green-tech scene comes at a time when corporations and policymakers are keen to find new ways to meet sustainability objectives, and wean economies off of oil. “The products all around us are all produced from petroleum,” David says, citing a range of regularly-used goods like plastics, athletic shoes and computer keyboards. “I want to bring new sustainability potential to untouched markets.”
Prior to Pure Power, in the early 2000s, David was President of Asia Global Crossing’s Asia-Pacific division, and Senior Vice President, Network and Operations, of the company’s Hong Kong and Singapore arm. He was responsible for the development, deployment, implementation and operations of East Asia Crossing, a $2.5 billion fiber-optic submarine cable system that connected seven countries in the region. He also supported an IPO roadshow for the company, which led to the raising of nearly $500 million.
David has also held a number of executive-level positions across the telecommunications industry, including at Global Crossing Ltd., KPN International N.V., Unisource Satellite Services and Telstra Corporation.
Roger Gower (Chairman)
Roger Gower is an experienced executive both internationally and in his home country New Zealand. He has a B.Com from Auckland University, an MBA from Massey University and an M Phil from Cambridge University.
In terms of his professional background, Roger joined Air New Zealand in 1978 and served in a range of management roles, principally in Sales and Marketing, on a worldwide basis. Joining New Zealand’s national rail company, Tranz Rail, in 1991 as head of the freight group, Roger achieved a major overhaul, creating a customer- and business-focused service provider. In addition to launching a re-branded company, Roger developed a range of new products and services and introduced cost-saving IT systems. He also participated in the very successful global float of Tranz Rail on the NASDAQ in 1995.
Roger’s extensive experience in the global capital markets includes participation in several other large capital raises / debt placements in the US market.
Roger graduated from Cambridge University with a M Phil; he wrote his thesis on high tech spin-outs. After returning to New Zealand from Cambridge, he developed a management consultancy providing strategic advice and capital to start-ups, strategic management to a number of large companies, advisory services to Boards of Directors and policy advice to Government Departments. This consultancy offers a range of services from Governance reviews and advisory services to M&A transactions and, in many cases, Roger and his group have co-invested in the propositions he works with.
Previous roles have included Chairman of Charlies Trading Company, the innovative marketing company, which started as an orange juicing operation in 1999 and was floated in 2005 under Roger’s leadership. He has been a Director of the Ports of Auckland and held Director roles with CCO’s in Auckland and Manukau City.
He is currently a Director and Chairman of PrimePort in Timaru and the listed entity Orion Minerals Group. His academic and professional interests are in the development of lifetime customers and the factors enabling high performance management teams.
Anake Goodall was Chief Executive Officer of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu from 2007 until 2011, and before that managed Ngāi Tahu’s historical Treaty settlement process. He has held various positions across his career, ranging from union representative in the freezing industry to founding member of a credit union to owner of a plant nursery and farm forestry contracting business in Northern Southland.
Anake has experience in management and organisational leadership and is particularly interested in the use of strategy to align environmental, institutional and economic assets to realise intergenerational community objectives. He is also a director of Meridian Energy, a member of the Environmental Protection Authority, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury, and is an independent consultant to public and private sector clients.
Michael Hawkins comes from a manufacturing background, having managed and been a director of a large group of privately owned companies in the flexible packaging field. With these having been progressively sold, Michael moved to larger scale property development before concentrating on putting new companies together with the aim of commercialising new technologies.