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Richard Westlake appointed Standards Council Chair

15 September 2003 Media Statement

Richard Westlake appointed Standards Council Chair

Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel today announced the appointment of Richard Westlake to the Standards Council as Chair for a three-year term.

Richard Westlake replaces John Belgrave who resigned to take up his new position as Chief Ombudsman.

”Richard is a highly experienced director and chair and has worked in both the public and private sectors. He brings particular strategic management skills to this position. He is experienced at the implementation of standards through his role in assisting the MetService to become the world’s first meteorological service to achieve ISO 9001 certification, gained as part of a strategy to grow a sustainable competitive advantage. His wide corporate governance experience includes his being the Chair and non-executive director of Quotable Value New Zealand Ltd and an independent Director of Kiwibank Ltd,“ Lianne Dalziel said.

“This is an important appointment and I am pleased that Richard is able to take up this position. Former chair John Belgrave set a high benchmark and I am confident that Richard is well placed to step up to the mark.

His appointment is particularly timely given the current discussions between Standards New Zealand and Standards Australia in relation to a Memorandum of Understanding and the importance that New Zealand places on the continuing development of joint trans-Tasman standards,” Lianne Dalziel said.


Note: Richard Westlake work history attached.

Richard Westlake’s Recent Work History

Work History
1999 – present Managing Director, Westlake Consulting Limited (advising boards on strategy and governance)
2000 – 2001 Director, e-Commerce Strategy, Aoraki Corporation Ltd, Christchurch
1995 – 1999 Regional General Manager – South Island, WestpacTrust (formerly Trust Bank Canterbury), Christchurch
1992 – 1995 General Manager, Housing Corporation Mortgages, Housing Corporation/Housing New Zealand, Wellington.
Current Directorships
1997 – present Chairman & non-Executive Director, Quotable Value New Zealand Limited.
2000 – present Director and Deputy Chair, Institute of Geological & Nuclear Science Limited
1999 – present Chairman and non-Executive Director, Holmes Group Limited, structural and civil engineers.
Sept 2001 – present Independent Director, Kiwibank Ltd
April 1999 – present Chairman, Canterbury Opera (board member since 1998.)

Past Directorships
2000 – 2002 Board Member, Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce
1999 – 2002 Advisory Board Member, Christchurch City Mission.
1999 – 2003 Advisory Board Member, Gateway Antarctica
1999 – 2000 National Councillor Institute of Directors in New Zealand
1998 – 2000 Board Member, Institute of Directors in New Zealand, Canterbury,
1991 – 1998 Chairman and non-Executive Director, Meteorological Service of New Zealand Ltd (MetService)

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