NGCC Lead Entity Executive Governance Board

Left to right: Mike Grant, Karen Mitchell, Andrew Coster, Deborah Battell, Craig Murphy, Rob Fyfe (Chair), Rhys Jones, Carolyn Schwalger, Antony Royal. Absent: Peter Bradley, TJ Kennedy.

Independent Chair, Rob Fyfe

Rob is the former Chief Executive of Air New Zealand (2005 to 2012), and Chief Executive, and later Chairman, of New Zealand clothing manufacturer Icebreaker (2014 to 2018). Currently Director of Air Canada and other New Zealand businesses.

Independent Technical Member, Antony Royal

Antony is a Board Member of the NZQA, and has served as Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Panel for the Maori Digital Technology Fund, and Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Group for Ultra-Fast Broadband and the Rural Broadband Initiative.

Independent Commercial Member, Deborah Battell

Deborah is currently the Independent Consumer Representative on the Telecommunications Dispute Resolution Scheme, has been both the Director of Fair Trading and the Director of Competition at the Commerce Commission, and was formerly the Banking Ombudsman

Independent Commercial Member, Karen Mitchell

Karen has considerable experience in complex, high profile infrastructure procurement and commercial negotiations involving multi-agency programmes. She has been appointed to a number of governance and advisory groups for infrastructure projects.

Independent International Member, TJ Kennedy

TJ was President of FirstNet in the USA, responsible for the implementation of nationwide broadband network used by over 1.5 million first responders. He has advised on public safety networks in numerous international jurisdictions.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand, Chief Executive, Rhys Jones

Rhys is the first CE of Fire and Emergency New Zealand, which was established on 1 July 2017 to create a stronger emergency response organisation. He rose to Chief of Defence Force over a 35-year career in defence.

National Emergency Management Agency, Chief Executive, Carolyn Schwalger

Carolyn was the Programme Director for the NEMA transition (from the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management) since July 2019. She has held several senior positions across New Zealand’s public sector.

New Zealand Police, Police Commissioner, Andrew Coster

Commissioner Coster's police career spans over 23 years including serving in the frontline and in a variety of leadership roles. He lead and co-ordinated Police's largest IT project of the decade - replacement of the HR and payroll systems.

St John Ambulance, Chief Executive, Peter Bradley

Peter's career in the emergency ambulance service spans over 30 years. He has worked on the frontline and was Chief Executive of the London Ambulance Service in 2000. Peter was awarded a CBE in 2005 for his services to the Ambulance Service in England.

Wellington Free Ambulance, Sarah Lewis, Acting Chief Executive

Sarah has been at Wellington Free Ambulance since August 2006, stepping into the role of Acting Chief Executive in January 2021. As well as keeping an eye on finances, property, IT systems and all the things that make an organisation tick.