Each sector group has leadership and representation from both sides of the Tasman who drive the sector group agenda and engage with business and government leaders. At each ANZLF, the groups present a set of comprehensive recommendations that are shared with both Governments.
Innovation Sector Group
The Innovation Sector Group is co-chaired by David Thodey AO and Vic Crone.
David Thodey AO
David is a global business leader focused on technology and telecommunications with more than 30 years of experience creating brand and shareholder value.
He is currently Chairman of Australia’s national scientific research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Chairman of Jobs NSW focused on job creation in NSW, and on the Advisory Boards of Square Peg Capital and UHG.
He also had a successful career as CEO of Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services company.
Mr. Thodey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and English from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. He attended the Kellogg School of Management Postgraduate General Management Program at Northwestern University in Chicago, USA.
Vic has significant executive and governance experience in technology and innovation. She brings a strong customer focus, and a track record of leading and implementing strategy, and building organisational culture.
Vic was previously the Managing Director of Xero, New Zealand and New Markets, following executive roles at Chorus and Telecom New Zealand.
She has been an Independent Director on the Boards of a number of companies and organisations in the technology sector, including RedShield, Figure.NZ, Creative HQ and the Hi-Tech Trust.
Tourism Sector Group
The Tourism Sector Group is co-chaired by Margy Osmond and Scott Tasker.
Margy has extensive experience in policy development and advocacy, politics, membership organisations, management, media and public relations.
Before joining TTF, Margy was the inaugural CEO of the Australian National Retailers’ Association (ANRA), now the Retail Council, which was established in 2006 as a lobby and research organisation to be the voice of the large national retailers in Australia. Prior to this, Margy was the CEO of the State and Sydney Chambers of Commerce in NSW for five years.
Margy has a wide range of Board experience having been Chair of the NSW TAFE Commission Board and Chair of the Australian Sports Foundation, Deputy Chair of Tourism NSW, and served on the boards of the Australian Sports Commission, Bell Shakespeare, the Retail Employees Superannuation Trust, NSW Major Events, the NSW Police Minister’s Advisory Board and NSW State Transit Authority. Margy also chaired the bid and official Organising Committee for the largest non-elite sporting event in the world, the International World Masters Games, held in Sydney in 2009.
Scott Tasker leads Auckland Airport’s aeronautical commercial team, focusing on sustainably growing our airline capacity, improving route connectivity and increasing passenger volumes.
Scott has more than 20 years’ experience in the travel industry, both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and has held a number of roles in airline sales, marketing and management with Emirates and Lufthansa.
Prior to joining Auckland Airport, Scott held leadership positions in the travel insurance industry with Cover-More Travel Insurance and the Healix Assistance Group. He joined Auckland Airport in February 2015.
Health Technology Sector Group
The Health Technology Sector Group is co-chaired by Gavin Fox-Smith and Chandra Selvadurai.
With more than 30 years’ experience in the Medical Devices industry, including 22 years at Johnson & Johnson, Gavin has an extensive background as a senior commercial and executive leader in the Asia Pacific region.
Gavin assumed his role as Vice President for Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Asia Pacific in January 2018, immediately following 6 years as Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, and is a key member of Asia Pacific Regional Leadership Team.
Immediate Past Chair of the Medical Devices industry body – the Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA) – Gavin is helped to shape industry dialogue with Government and ensure stable and beneficial policy settings for the industry, customers and patients into the future.
Gavin has a strong record of leading organisational growth, change and transformation; and is well known for his track record of developing and exporting outstanding leaders, and ensuring a truly diverse and inclusive workforce.
Gavin’s philosophy of collaboration and service extends to community. He is a passionate advocate for efforts that improve health, literacy and education, particularly for Indigenous communities.
Gavin is a member of the Male Champions of Change (MCC) in STEM and Health, a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce and an Ambassador for Bowel Cancer Australia and Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC).
Chandra leads the trans-Tasman operations of Pharmaco, a company specialising in the sales, marketing, warehousing and distribution of medical devices, pharmaceuticals and healthcare products and services. The company started in 1967, is New Zealand owned and entered the Australian market in 2003. It currently manages over 2,500 products on behalf of international organisations, supported by best-practice regulatory, compliance, quality assurance, customer support, and finance and administration services.
Chandra has worked in the healthcare industry for over 25 years. He joined Pharmaco (NZ) Ltd in 1994, after working with multi-national pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies. He has also worked in academia and research as a tutor, research associate and medical laboratory scientist.
He is a passionate advocate about the need to bring exceptional, life-changing and life enhancing healthcare products to New Zealand and Australia, and making a difference to people’s lives. Chandra is presently a board member of the Medical Technology Association of New Zealand.
Infrastructure Sector Group
The Infrastructure group is co-chaired by Adrian Dwyer and Paul Blair.
Adrian’s career spans business, policy and public service roles across the private sector and the NSW and Australian governments –with expertise across transport, utilities and social infrastructure markets, and wider public administration.
Adrian served as IPA’s head of policy from 2011 until 2015, where he led major studies on road pricing reform, contracting and financing models, among others.
In 2015, Adrian left IPA to serve as the Executive Director of Policy and Research at Infrastructure Australia –the Commonwealth Government’s statutory infrastructure body.
At Infrastructure Australia, Adrian led the development of the Australian Infrastructure Plan a 15-year reform map for Australia’s infrastructure markets, alongside other major reports and studies and enjoys strong, trusting relationships across the business, political and public sectors.
Bio coming soon.
Indigenous Business Sector Group
The Indigenous Sector Group is co-chaired by Dr. Donna Odegaard AM (interim co-chair) and Traci Houpapa.
Dr. Donna Odegaard AM
Dr Donna Odegaard, is an Indigenous leader, Larrakia Elder of Darwin, Northern Territory, and a businesswoman for over 40 years. Founder, owner and Chairperson of Aboriginal Broadcasting Australia, Aboriginal TV Ch4 Australia's only 100 percent Aboriginal content television channel and numerous television and radio stations, broadcasting to 2400 Indigenous communities across Australia in numerous Indigenous languages. Dr Odegaard has 30 years’ experience in areas of Indigenous heritage, education, health, native title, land rights, community development, and business.
In 2017 Dr Odegaard was appointed as a senior Indigenous leader on the Ministerial Indigenous Reference Group for Developing Northern Australia, Prime Minister and Cabinet. Also has a numbers of board positions including the Indigenous Land Corporation which manages the Indigenous Estate on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians for social and economic benefits.
- Order of Australia 2016 for significant service to Indigenous cultural heritage in roles relating to broadcast media and Reconciliation.
- Nominated Telstra Business Women’s Awards NT 2017
- Naming and Commissioning Lady HMAS Larrakia 2005/6
- Indigenous Alumni Award, 2012 University of Newcastle NSW
- Masters degree on the topic of The Larrakia, Kenbi Land Claim Aboriginal land claims in Australia: justice in black and white
- PhD on the topic of Treaty
- Nominee Australian of the Year 2015
In early 2018 Dr Odegaard was selected as part of the Indigenous Business and Trade Delegation by the Australian Government Prime Minister and Cabinet and Australian High Commission in NZ. She later returned to New Zealand during NAIDOC Week 2018 to continue collaborations with Maori Business and Community leaders on Trans-Tasman Indigenous business, trade and economic development and the Indigenous Women’s Business Network.
Traci Houpapa MNZM JP
Traci is an award-winning company director and a recognised industry leader. She is also a trusted advisor to Maori, the Government, public and private sector clients on strategic and economic development. Traci is known for her strong and inclusive leadership and her clear focus on building the wealth and prosperity of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Traci has been named as one of the top ten most influential women in New Zealand agribusiness and the Listener’s top ten influencers in New Zealand. She won the Westpac Fairfax Media Women of Influence Board and Management award and has been named on Westpac’s New Zealand Women Powerbrokers list. Traci has been awarded the Massey University Distinguished Alumni Service Award for services to New Zealand agribusiness and Maori and named by the BBC amongst the 100 Most Influential Women in the World.
Traci has recently been made a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, the highest level of the IODs Chartered categories, making her a nationally recognised role model for other directors and business leaders.
Traci has an MBA from Massey University and is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, a Justice of the Peace and a Marriage Celebrant.