Our People

Board of Directors:

Cecilia Tarrant is a professional company director with a background in international banking and finance. Cecilia is currently the Chair of the Government Superannuation Fund Authority, a Director of Seeka and Payments NZ, a Member of The University of Auckland Council and a Trustee of The University of Auckland Foundation. She has extensive background in capitalmarkets, banking and finance.

 

David Woods has had an international senior banking career in Europe, mainly with ABN AMRO spanning 1998 to 2008. Most recently, he has been Managing Director of Oikocredit International, a large social finance/impact investing organisation, which promotes agriculture and renewable energy in the developing world and was the previous chair of the Impact Enterprise Fund New Zealand. 

Mark Vivian is a Partner at Movac, an early stage tech investor and venture capital firm where he has worked for the past 10 years in teams that have created investment mandates and deployed funds in accordance with those mandates. Mr Vivian has primary responsibility for fundraising, deal origination, investor relations and talent management. He is currently a Director of Mobi2Go, 1Above, and the Rugby Site, an advisory board member of Frank TKH and TourWriter and a member of the Young Enterprise Trust’s Supporters Council. Mr Vivian has strong skills in direct investment and fund management, start-ups, establishment and governance.

Jacqueline Robertson has 25 years of experience in financial audit and advisory services. Jacqueline was an audit and assurance partner at Deloitte for 11 years and also led the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability services function for Deloitte New Zealand for nine years. Based in Wellington, Jacqueline also has a broad range of experience across the financial services, public, private and non-for-profit sectors. Jacqueline is currently a Director of Stride Property Group, board member of the External Reporting Board, and a member of the Audit Oversight Committee of the Financial Markets Authority and the Risk and Assurance Committee for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Gavin Fernandez has a background in aircraft avionics engineering with an international senior management career, most recently as General Manager of Swire Sustainable Development for the Swire Group where he led a global initiative for the Swire Group to acquire sustainable energy, fuel and other companies that neutralise CO2emissions. He drove sustainability in his previous roles as Head of Fuel Purchasing for Cathay Pacific Airways and as Vice President at Anchorage Fuel Service Company Ltd. Mr Fernandez is currently a trustee at The Ākina Foundation, and a director of Impact Enterprise Fund. He brings skills in investment, start up, business sustainability and technical analysis of business propositions.

Kevin Holmes is a chartered accountant with an extensive international career in finance and business management. Most recently, he was the inaugural Chief Governance and Strategy Officer at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Australia’s government-owned green investment bank. Mr Holmes has serviced on numerous boards, including GreenSync Holdings Pty Ltd, Western Wind Energy, as an executive director at Energy Australia, a director of Roaring 40’s Wind Energy and Pacific Hydro’s international subsidiaries. Mr Holmes also held a range of senior financial management positions, including at British Gas, BHP Petroleum and BHP Transport. He has significant business transformation experience and brings skills in accounting, direct investment, start-ups, decarbonisation strategies, risk management, social impact investment, organisational management, as well as relevant skills in the establishment of a green investment bank. Mr Holmes is a graduate member of the Australian institute of Company Directors.

Management

Chief Executive | Craig Weise

Craig Weise has over 25 years of experience in private capital markets, both in the US and NZ, grounded in financial services, law, and investment banking.

He most recently held multi-faceted executive roles for the Treasury, managing teams focused on investment stewardship, commercial and investment performance monitoring, and shareholder representation across the New Zealand government’s direct investment and managed portfolios, representing over $100b in assets. Immediately prior to his time at Treasury, Craig was a principal at Armillary Private Capital, ultimately active as its Managing Director, Investment Banking.

Craig holds an Honours Degree in Economics from Randolph-Macon College, Virginia, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia, USA.  He is also a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, a Certified Investment Fund Director and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Jason Patrick | Chief Investment Officer 

Jason Patrick joins NZGIF from his role as Managing Director of Real Options International, a boutique advisory firm in energy and low-carbon market strategy, investment, risk and fund management. Prior to that, he was Managing Director of the BioCarbon Group, established by Macquarie, and a Vice President at Bank of America Merrill Lynch leading investment and marketing of environmental and renewable power commodity products. Mr Patrick was also a Vice President at Evolution Markets and a programme officer at the Environmental Defense Fund. He has an MA Economics from New York University, a MEM from Yale University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Ed Montague | Chief Operating Officer  

Ed Montague has worked over the past two decades as a management consultant, hedge fund operations manager, and government advisor. He was previously the Deputy Lead and General Manager of Commissioning at the Social Investment Agency (SIA). Before helping establish the SIA, Ed was a Principal Advisor at the New Zealand Treasury where he led the Social Impact Bonds pilot programme. Prior to joining the Treasury, Ed was a Director at PwC NZ, focusing on public sector performance improvement projects. Ed began his investment career as an equity analyst and operations manager at a London-based hedge fund, IBIS Capital Partners LLP. Ed studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) at Oxford University.