Structure, Board and Senior Management


Incorporated under the Companies Act 1993, Ōtākaro is a Crown-owned company, listed under Schedule 4A of the Public Finance Act 1989 and subject to the Crown Entities Act 2004, the Official Information Act 1982 and the Ombudsman Act 1975. Its shareholders are the Minister of Finance and the Minister Supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration, who each hold 50% of the share capital.

Board of Directors  

The Board is committed to a high standard of corporate governance and regulatory compliance in guiding and monitoring the Company’s activities.

Ross Butler, Chairman

Christchurch born and educated, Ross Butler is a professional director, with a range of governance roles on commercial, Crown entity, sporting, and community boards and trusts. After spending most of his executive and governance career in financial service and insurance entities in Australia, Ross is now based in Christchurch and Nelson.

Ross is currently chairman of Southern Response, Mercer Investments Australia Pty Ltd and Mercer New Zealand, Rangitane Holdings Limited and Rangitane Investments Limited, a director of Regenerate Christchurch, and a Member of the Code Committee (Financial Advisers Act). He has previously been deputy chair, and chair of audit and risk committee, of GNS Science.

Peter Townsend, CNZM, Director

Peter Townsend is the Chief Executive of the Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce and has held that position since 1996. The Chamber, as the largest business support agency in the South Island, concentrates on assisting members to improve their enterprises; ensuring members can operate in a business friendly environment; and encouraging new levels of business activity.

Peter holds several directorships including Chair of the New Zealand Defence Employer Support Council, Director of Pegasus Health (Charitable) Ltd, Member of Callaghan Innovation Grants Committee and Board Member of the Air Force Museum Trust. He is a Trustee of the Canterbury Youth Development Programme and was a member of the CERA Transitional Advisory Board until December 2015.

Since 4 September 2010, and especially since 22 February 2011, Peter has been actively involved in earthquake recovery issues.

Peter is the Honorary Consul for Chile for the South Island, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Management. Peter has a BSc (Hons) and a post Graduate Diploma in Business and in May 2014 Lincoln University made Peter an Honorary Doctor of Commerce for his services to business. In 2013 Peter received the Individual Leadership Award at the AUT Business School Excellence in Business Support Awards. In December 2013 Peter was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Miriam Dean CNZM, QC Director

Miriam Dean has 35 years of legal experience as a former partner of law firm Russell McVeagh and is a long-standing member of the independent bar in resolving commercial disputes with an emphasis on competition and consumer laws. She was president of the New Zealand Bar Association from 2011 to 2012.

With 20 years of governance experience, Miriam is also the current chair of both New Zealand on Air and the Banking Ombudsman Scheme, as well as a director of Crown Fibre Limited and the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company. Past directorships include deputy chair of Auckland Council Investments and a member of the Auckland Transition Authority. 

Miriam chaired the Government Inquiry into the Whey Protein Concentrate Contamination Incident (the Fonterra botulism scare).  More recently, Miriam facilitated and reported to the Government on, discussions with engineers for the Church Property Trustees and the Great Christchurch Buildings Trust on engineering options for repair, restoration or replacement of ChristChurch Cathedral

Corinne Haines, CNZM, Director

Corinne Haines, the Managing Director of Trimble Navigation New Zealand Limited, has more than 40 years’ business experience and has been at the helm of Trimble since 2003. Christchurch born, Corinne has a passion for the city and the opportunities and lifestyle it provides for residents. She was named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to business in 2016 New Year’s Honours.

The Board members from left to right below are: Miriam Dean, Ross Butler, Peter Townsend and Corinne Haines.

Otakaro Limited Board Members October 2016a

senior leadership team  

The Senior Leadership Team supervises and oversees the day-to-day operational activities of the Company:

Albert Brantley - Chief Executive

Albert has over 40 years’ experience in design, construction/commissioning and operations of major infrastructure projects in the power, mining, oil and gas and industrial sectors in the Canadian Arctic, Central and South America, Australasia, Southeast Asia, the Subcontinent to the Middle East. Before joining Ōtākaro in May 2016, Albert was the Chief Executive of Genesis Energy for 8 years, and before returning permanently to New Zealand in 2004, he was Executive Managing Director responsible for development, construction/commissioning and operations of several multi-billion dollar power and desalination plants in the United Arab Emirates. A Canadian, Albert has maintained his permanent home in Canterbury for many years and his wife Beverley is a New Zealander who was raised in Canterbury. Albert is also an Independent Director of Ballance Agri-Nutrients, and is Chairman of the Trust Board of St Margaret’s College in Christchurch.

 John O’Hagan - General Manager Development

John and his team are responsible for the safe and effective delivery of the Anchor Projects. John has been involved in the Canterbury earthquake recovery from the outset. A chartered professional structural engineer, John flew into Christchurch on an Air Force jet to assess damaged buildings as part of the Civil Defence volunteer response. He left his Wellington-based agency to join CERA as Lead Engineer in the Significant Buildings Group, overseeing the assessment and demolition of major buildings. He went on to be appointed Development Director for vertical anchor projects. John transferred to Ōtākaro in 2016 with his portfolio of projects before being appointed the Director for both vertical and horizontal projects. He became General Manager Development in 2017. 

Keith Beal - General Manager Strategy and Property Opportunities

Keith will be known to many Cantabrians through his work leading the restoration of earthquake damaged buildings in the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch which includes the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on Barbadoes Street.  He has also worked extensively abroad, delivering projects for the BBC and Disney. Keith will be responsible for fostering collaboration between the private sector, community and the Government during the divestment of surplus Crown land in a way that balances good commercial outcomes with regeneration objectives.

Dave Mills - General Manager Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer

Dave has considerable experience in Christchurch’s post-quake regeneration efforts having held the position of CFO at CERA. He was an important part of the establishment team for Ōtākaro and leads the company’s approach to funding, financial management, risk management, human resources, IT, and health and safety. Dave has formerly held management positions with New Zealand Cricket and Meridian Energy.

Ruth Keating - General Counsel
Ruth brings a wealth of experience in commercial law to this important position. A Cantabrian who studied at Canterbury University, Ruth worked at Meridian Energy and several large law firms in New Zealand, the UK and Australia before relocating from Melbourne to join Ōtākaro.
Annemarie Mora - General Manager, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement

Annemarie has implemented and led major, high-profile communications and engagement functions for infrastructure programmes in Australia and Canterbury. This included major busway and motorway projects in Queensland, before leading the award winning communications approach for the $2 billion transport programme in the west of Brisbane. After moving to Christchurch in December 2010, she established and led communications for SCIRT for four years, where her focus was on keeping the people of Christchurch at the heart of the rebuild.

SLT Nov 2017The Ōtākaro Senior Leadership Team: (left to right) Ruth Keating, Dave Mills, Albert Brantley, Keith Beal, Annemarie Settle and John O'Hagan.