Advisory boards in AUT Business School

Connections with business are vital for ensuring that the AUT Business School remains relevant to the world of practice. We welcome the advice and input of local and globally based business people and alumni. We appreciate the commitment of all our advisory board members and recognise the high value of their contribution to the AUT Business School.

Industry Advisory Board

Through the broad local and international experience and perspectives of its members, this Board:

  • Provides strategic advice on the AUT Business School’s vision and direction
  • Informs on trends in business practice and employment
  • Advises on initiatives to enhance the student learning experience


Vena Crawley
Chief Customer Officer
Contact Energy

Heather Kean
Chief Human Resources Officer
T&G Global

Rhonda Kite
Managing Director
Echo Screen Production

Jenny Liu
Partner of Taxation

Mike Marr
Managing Director and Group CEO
TPT Group Holding Ltd NZ

Denise O’Shaughnessy
Manager Strategic Advice
Auckland Council

Satish Ranchhood
Senior Economist, Financial Markets
Westpac Institutional Bank

Mark Smith
Chief Information Officer
Green Cross Health

Bruce Turner
Director Commodity Risk and Trading

Peter Vial
Group Executive
Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ

International Alumni Advisory Board

This board enables the AUT Business School to engage with alumni around the world. Through the experience and perspectives of its members, as both business professionals and alumni, the Board provides input on matters that are of interest to alumni and that support the strategic objectives of the School.


Alex Bartley-Catt
Managing Director
New Zealand

Bridget Dawson
Development Manager
Educate Together
Ireland, UK

Jessica Furmanski
Marketing Manager
RED Academy

Alyssa Hoffmann
Digital Marketing Manager
Knight Frank Australia

Daniel Hu
Head of China Business
HOPPE North America Inc

Andrew King
Senior Product Marketing Manager
Campaign Monitor
San Francisco, USA

Aaron McDowell
Manager, Omnichannel Marketing - Australasia
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®)

Nina McHardy
Senior Communications & Stakeholder Engagement Manager
Fulton Hogan

Bhavik Merchant
Vice President
YES Bank

Glen Oliver
Head of Technology Business Management, FTSE100 financial services company
Legal & General Retirement
London, UK

Avi Prasad
Community Engagement Strategist-Analytics and Business Operations
Electronic Arts

Sheridan Smith
Senior Finance Business Partner (Qantas Engineering)

Gary Wang

Gaurav Yadav
Associate Vice President - Human Resources
Kotak Mahindra Bank
Mumbai, India

Wayne Zhang
Group Managing Director
Chancellor Construction Group
New Zealand

Contact us

If you're interested in engaging with our students or staff at the AUT Business School, contact:

Melanie Barr
Director Student, Business and Community Partnerships
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 9336

Nirisha Niranjan
Partnerships Coordinator
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 5809

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