Here at the Nelson Regional Development Agency we are proud of the extraordinary capability of our Board of Directors.

Led by Chair Meg Matthews, each board member brings with them a wealth of business skills and knowledge to the table, enabling us to identify and maximise on regional development opportunities. Our directors are appointed by Nelson City Council for a term of 1-3 years, ensuring that a culture of fresh thinking and new perspectives is supported and embraced at a strategic level.

Meg Matthews

Meg Matthews

Meg is Chair of the Nelson Regional Development Agency Board and brings with her a breadth of skills and knowledge from previous roles.

A former World of WearableArt (WOW) CEO and Head of Marketing – Australasia for Air New Zealand, Meg started her career at the national airline as an accountant in 1996 after beginning her trade with Deloitte. She is a qualified accountant with diverse experience across key business disciplines of finance, human resource management, strategic planning and marketing.

Meg is also the Chair of the Cawthron Institute Board, and a Director on the boards of MEVO, Halberg Foundation, TVNZ & Port Nelson Limited.

Sarah-Jane Weir

Sarah-Jane Weir

Sarah-Jane is a professional director, currently she’s a director of Network Tasman the independent chair of the Nelson Bays Primary Health Organisation, a trustee of the Cawthron Trust Board, a national councillor and local branch chair of the Institute of Directors. She is also a member of the Financial Advisors Disciplinary Committee.

She and her family live close to Nelson City Centre, where they enjoy access to both the cafes and the city, and the tracks and trails around the Grampians, the Maitai and the Centre of New Zealand.

David Johnston

David Johnston

David is Ngāti Porou and whānau is his foundation. He has extensive experience in leadership and management and has a strong background in banking and operations management. He was runner up in the local 2013 Duncan Cotterill Aspiring Directors award and was selected for the Institute of Directors Mentoring for Diversity Programme for 2015.

David has a history of community involvement in local non for-profit boards including the Nelson Tasman Housing Trust and Nelson Tasman Kindergartens Board.

David is the General Manager for Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Kuia Trust. In his spare time, you can find him on the ocean on board a waka ama. 

Hugh Morrison

Hugh Morrison

Hugh is Chief Executive of Port Nelson Limited, a port serving the import and export needs of Te Tauihu.

With civil engineering and management qualifications, Hugh has worked in the infrastructure, construction and property sectors for over 30 years. This has allowed him to work in over ten countries and to lead projects valued in the billions and businesses with team sizes of up to 500.

As a passionate outdoors person, Hugh balances the excitement of port life with trips into the mountains and bush that are available in Te tauihu.

Matthew Peacey

Matthew Peacey

Matthew is the founder of Fintech businesses utilising new tech and machine learning to solve SMEs' cash flow issues in Australia and New Zealand.  

Matthew began his career as a scientist with a Doctorate in Virology and Immunology, developing novel virus-like particle vaccines for cancer treatment, followed by roles as a Senior Scientist and Principal Investigator leading the development of novel virus detection. 

Through the journey across Science, Finance and Tech, Matt has continued to hone his interests in governance and entrepreneurialism, winning Nelsonian of the year for business. He is also an independent director for the Cawthron Institute and the Tasman Rugby Union. 

Sam Ng

Sam Ng

Sam Ng is an experienced technology and social entrepreneur with a passion for harnessing technology for social and environmental good. He currently leads teams at the Chief Digital Office at the United Nations Development Programme. He previously started Optimal Experience and Optimal Workshop and various social ventures in educational technology, anti-human trafficking, humanitarian work and impact investing.

His exposure to technology and innovation on a global scale led him to focus on both the risks and opportunities of emerging technologies. Sam is motivated to see the Nelson Tasman region thrive through the strategic and appropriate use of technology.

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