ACC Board

The ACC Board governs how we function. It delegates day-to-day leadership and management to the Chief Executive.  

The Board has up to eight non-executive members, each appointed by the Minister for three years. The Minister can re-appoint a Board member, or shorten their term.

Chair – Dame Paula Rebstock, DNZM

Appointed September 2012
Member of the ACC Board Investment Committee (BIC), Governance and Remuneration Committee (GRC) and Health Sector Strategy Advisory Committee

Dame Paula is an Auckland-based economist and company director, who was made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015.

She has a BSc (Bachelor of Science, Economics) from the University of Oregon, and a Diploma and a Master of Science (Economics) from the London School of Economics.

Dame Paula is Chair of the:

  • Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Maia
  • NZ Defence Governance Board
  • Auckland District Health Board’s Finance, Risk and Assurance Committee
  • National Hauora Coalition.

She's a member of the:

  • Auckland District Health Board’s Human Resource Committee
  • Vector Energy Board
  • Auckland Transport Board
  • SeaLink Board.

Deputy Chair – James Miller

Appointed March 2013
Chair of ACC Board Investment Committee (BIC) and Member of the Governance and Remuneration Committee (GRC)

James is an experienced company director. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Otago University, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School (USA). He brings 15 years’ experience in capital markets to the Board.

James chairs NZX and is a Director of Mercury Energy and NZ Refining.

James is also a:

  • Fellow of the Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand Inc.
  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand
  • Certified Securities Analyst Professional
  • Accredited Director of the Institute of Directors in NZ Inc
  • Qualified chartered accountant.

Before this, he was:

  • Director of Craigs Investment Partners in Auckland
  • A member of the Financial Markets Authority Board
  • Head of Equities at ABN AMRO
  • Head of Research at ABN AMRO
  • Research Analyst at Barclays de Zoete Wedde (BZW).

Dr Tracey Batten

Appointed February 2019
Chair of the ACC Board Health Sector Strategy Advisory Committee and Member of the Governance and Remuneration Committee (GRC)

Dr Tracey Batten is a qualified doctor, which she obtained at the University of Melbourne. She later acquired a Masters in Health Administration from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.

She is:

  • a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors
  • a director of Medibank Private Limited (Australia)
  • on the Board of NIWA.

Her previous roles include:

  • Chief Executive of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (UK)
  • Chief Executive of St Vincent’s Health, the largest charitable hospital group in Australia.

Tracey has worked closely with businesses in the hospital, aged care and medical research sectors in the UK and Australia.

John Brabazon

Appointed February 2019
Member of the ACC Board Investment Committee (BIC) and Risk Assurance and Audit Committee (RAAC)

John is a Chartered Fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors and is an Associate Chartered Accountant, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand. John’s background includes investment banking at Banque Indosuez, Brierley Investments and Bancorp. He has had involvement in all aspects of mergers, acquisitions, capital raisings and due diligence assignments in New Zealand and internationally for over 30 years.

John is a member of the ACC Board Investment Committee and the ACC Board Risk Assurance and Audit Committee.

John is:

  • An Executive Director of Clavell Capital merchant bankers
  • A Director of Dairy Farms NZ Ltd.

His previous directorship roles include:

  • Auckland International Airport
  • Hilton Haulage
  • Manukau City Investments.

Bella Takiari-Brame

Appointed February 2021

Bella is a chartered accountant with over 19 years’ experience in oil and gas and utility industries. She is affiliated with Waikato-Tainui and Ngāti Maniapoto and has a Masters in Management Studies from Waikato University.

Bella is:

  • Managing Director of her consultancy company Luana Limited
  • Director of The Lines Company
  • Director on the Braemar Hospital Board
  • Director on Te Ohu Kai Moana
  • A Member of the Crown Infrastructure Partners Board
  • An independent member of the group Audit and Risk Committee for Waikato-Tainui
  • Council Member of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
  • Trustee of Maniapoto Māori Trust Board
  • Trustee of North King Country Development Trust
  • A member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers UK.

 She was:

  • GM Finance for WEL Networks
  • Senior Manager with EY Tahi
  • Interim Chief Executive of Maniapoto Māori Trust Board
  • Maangai Māori for the finance, and strategic risk and assurance committees for Hamilton City Council.

Patrick (Pat) Bowler

Appointed February 2021

Pat is a very experienced lawyer and consultant for Corporate Advisory at Russell McVeagh. He has advised Crown agencies, and SOE’s on some of the most complex public and private sector transactions and litigation, including the integration of commercial and government objectives.

Pat was General Counsel at Mobil Oil NZ Ltd before becoming a partner of Russell McVeagh in 1984. He has advised boards of Māori entities, private companies, statutory corporations and many Crown entities including New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, New Zealand Railways Corporation, EQC and ACC. He was interim General Counsel at EQC for part of 2019.

Dr Helen Nott

Appointed February 2021

Helen is an experienced company director. She holds a BSc (Bachelor of Science, Mathematics and Computer Science) from the University of Queensland, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering) from Murdoch University. Helen brings 20 years’ international advisory experience and experience in insurance, health and disability sport sectors.

Helen is:

  • A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • A Director of the QBE Australia Pacific portfolio of entities, and Chair of the Investment Committee
  • A Director and Vice President of Paralympics Australia, where she is also the Chair of its Audit and Risk Committee
  • A Director of Healthdirect Australia.

Her previous roles include:

  • Creator of an insurtech start-up to meet the needs of digital communities
  • Group Strategy, Insurance Australia Group (IAG)
  • Member of the Antidiscrimination Working Group of the Insurance Council of Australia
  • Head of Strategy, QBE Australia & New Zealand.

Hon Steve Maharey

Appointed May 2021, Chair from 1 August 2021.

Steve is an independent Director. He was previously the Vice-Chancellor of Massey University. He is a former Member of Parliament and Senior Minister in the New Zealand Government (1999-2008). In 2009 as part of the Queen’s New Year Honours List, Steve was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services as a Member of Parliament. He holds a MA (Hons) from Massey University in Sociology.

Steve is:

  • Chair of Pharmac
  • Chair of Education New Zealand
  • Director of UCoL
  • Member of the Wellington Economic Development Agency
  • Member of the FPIM Governance Group, Ministry of Health
  • Member of the Covid Governance Group, Ministry of Health

Additional previous roles include:

  • Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University
  • City Councillor, Palmerston North
  • Deputy Chair Universities New Zealand
  • Deputy Chair of Asia New Zealand Foundation
  • Member of the University of South Pacific Council
  • A Member of the New Zealand Police Audit and Risk Committee

Member of Previous Ministers of Education, Varkey Foundation

Last published: 29 March 2021