Minister for ACC announces new Board members

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We're pleased to welcome three new members to the ACC Board on 1 February 2021.


The Minister for ACC Hon Carmel Sepuloni announced the appointment of three new members to join the ACC Board on 1 February 2021.

"All three bring diverse skills and experience to provide strong governance oversight to lead the direction of ACC," Hon Carmel Sepuloni said.

Bella Takiari-Brame from Hamilton is an accountant with an international career with experience in regulated industries, treasury, bank financing and audit and risk.

She's a Council Member of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and a director with:

  • Crown Infrastructure Partners
  • The Lines Company
  • Braemar Hospital
  • Te Ohu Kaimoana
  • Maniapoto Māori Trust board.

She is affiliated with Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato-Tainui, Ngāpuhi and Te Whānau ā Apanui.

Pat Bowler, is an experienced Wellington lawyer and previous Chair of Russell McVeagh. He has significant legal experience providing advice to the Crown, Crown agencies, and SOEs on some very complex public and private sector transactions and litigation, including the integration of commercial and governance objectives.

The third member is Dr Helen Nott, an experienced Australian director who has a background in insurance in overseas markets, investment analysis, and experience in large scale business transformation and customer service.

She currently serves on the boards of:

  • QBE Australia Pacific
  • Healthdirect Australia
  • Paralympics Australia, where she is Vice-President.

The Minister is also pleased to confirm James Miller in his role as Deputy Chair.

James Miller is an experienced director with substantial experience in financial markets, investment management, and commercial governance who is in his eighth year on the board of ACC and is Chair of ACC's Investment Committee.

"I am gratified at the level of commitment the new Board members bring as a team and thank the departing board members David May and Kristy McDonald QC for their strong contribution and commitment to the success of ACC over a number of years," said Carmel Sepuloni.