About Board Dynamics

Expert advice for better boards

At Board Dynamics, we don’t believe in ticking boxes or following rules for their own sake – we just want to make sure your board works for your business. Every business has unique needs, so a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work.

We work with you to find the right mix of personalities, views, and expertise for your board; and we help to establish a culture of respect, communication, and constructive dissent.

People are the key to a great board – just as our people are the heart of our business. At Board Dynamics, our team has the experience and expertise to give board chairs and directors independent, informed advice. Established in 2009, we work to create effective, impactful boards and committees though expert advice and practical guidance.

meet the team

Henri Eliot – Chief Executive

Henri Eliot has retired from more boards and institutes than most people have joined, so founding Board Dynamics in 2009 was a logical step. He now uses his experience to help boards function at their peak.

Henri has an international education and broad experience, having studied at universities in four countries – UK, Canada, USA and New Zealand. He received his LLB (Hons) from the University of London, his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from McGill University in Canada and his MBA from Richmond University in the United Kingdom.

His senior executive career has followed a similar path, working with JP Morgan Chase and PwC in the UK, Deloitte in New York, the Bank of Montreal in Toronto, and in telecommunications and ICT in New Zealand.

He’s been a member, charter member, director, Fellow or Chair of many Boards and Institutes in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the UK.

Henri is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and Associate Member Mediators Institute of New Zealand.  He trained as a mediator at Harvard Law School.  Henri recently completed the prestigious MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and was awarded a certificate in New Ventures Leadership from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Along with his work as an executive, Henri is a regular contributor to the NZ Herald, National Business Review, Idealog magazine and other publications. His interests range from technology and finance to wine and music.

He is currently Chairman Balle Bros Group, Chairman Inland Revenue Taxpayer’s Simplification Advisory Board, Trustee Plunket Foundation and Chairman Propellerhead Limited Advisory Board.

Jane Plowman – Research And Analysis

Jane is the Head of Research and Analysis at Board Dynamics and is responsible for analysing boardroom information for key insights. Jane has extensive experience in the disciplines of business analysis and research, holding Senior Analyst positions within the Information and Communication Technology sector, both in NZ and Canada. Prior to joining the team in 2011, Jane has previously worked at SCL (acquired by Simpl), Peace Software, Navman Wireless, Imarda, Sovereign Insurance, Kern Mobile and EROAD. Jane is also a strategic advisor for the Next Foundation.

Jane holds a BA from Canterbury University and a Graduate Diploma in Business Information Systems from the University of Auckland.

Jessica Moore – Project Manager

Jessica holds a BCom (Hons) in management and international business, completed at the University of Auckland and the University of Leeds, UK.

Jessica is interested in the structuring of organisations with the right leadership and capabilities to execute chosen business strategy and the implementation of change programs to achieve efficiency and effectiveness.  Jessica is passionate about solving business problems through innovative solutions that support organisations to meet their strategic objectives. 

Nigel Harrison – Associate

Nigel is the former Chief Financial Officer and a Director of The Thomson Corporation, now known as Thomson Reuters. Nigel has held a number of directorships in private companies ranging from startups with minimal revenues to a company with over $400 million in revenues, worked for a New York investment bank, worked for private equity firms on consulting assignments, served on not for profit boards and owned two businesses.

Nigel is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and Institute of Directors. He is currently an Advisory Board member at Kathryn Wilson shoes and director Institute of Golf.

Advisory Board

In order to ensure that its observations and recommendations are relevant, well considered, and follow the best practices, Board Dynamics has access to an expert advisory board.

Jason Lewthwaite

Jason’s professional career has been in Corporate and Institutional Banking in New Zealand and Australia. He has worked for major trading banks including HSBC, BNZ and CBA. His experience covers a range of industry sectors including Auto/Parts Manufacture, Non Bank Financial Institutions, Resources, Education, Local Government, various Manufacturing and Export businesses, Property/Real Estate and Agribusiness. He also has a deep working knowledge of offshore markets including Australia, USA, Europe and Asia.

Martin Fairweather

Martin has held and operated at executive level positions in New Zealand and the UK in both Consulting and large organisations working with Board and Executive teams to influence and set business direction and make change.

Recent executive roles have extended and complemented his 10-year experience working for Global Management consulting firms with management, consulting, sales and executive development responsibilities.

Richard Parker

Richard graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Master of Philosophy (Honours). He began his career as a litigation lawyer at Chapman Tripp, one of New Zealand’s leading law firms, before moving to Fletcher Challenge Limited as Corporate Counsel.

For the last 6 years he has worked at Telecom New Zealand Limited and held the position of General Manager HR Service Delivery & Assistant General Counsel ER. Richard is currently GM HR at TVNZ.

David Walker

David has extensive experience over many years as a Taranaki dairy farmer, and his family business interests include dairy farming, transport and aquaculture. He has held directorships in the dairy, retail, and electricity sectors and in rugby.