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Dame Therese Walsh

Chairman Air New Zealand

Dame Therese Walsh is a Wellington-based independent director. She is Chair Air New Zealand, Director ASB Bank, Director Antarctic New Zealand and Director Contact Energy.

She is also Pro-Chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington. Previously she was the Head of NZ for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and the Chief Operating Officer for Rugby New Zealand 2011 Limited. She has also been Chair of TVNZ, Director of the NZX, NZ Cricket and Save the Children NZ, and Chairman of MFAT’s International Advisory Panel. Before a career in governance she was the Chief Financial Officer at the New Zealand Rugby Union and part of the team that worked on the winning bid to host RWC 2011 in NZ. 

Dame Therese is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. In 2013, she was named the inaugural supreme winner of the Women of Influence Awards and was awarded a Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership Award in 2014. She became a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in June 2015.