NZIER is under the direction of a Board elected by members.

The Board

The Board is responsible for NZIER's strategic direction, and for ensuring that NZIER continues to strive to attain its goals. The Board’s role is to:

  • Monitor and safeguard the continuation of NZIER in good financial health and morale.
  • Monitor, safeguard and enhance the reputation and image of NZIER. This includes appropriate individual Board members speaking or otherwise representing NZIER’s views (with the Chair's prior approval).
  • Ensure the employment of a suitable Chief Executive Officer of NZIER.
  • Keep the performance of the Chief Executive under review (and through him the performance of NZIER’s staff).
  • Give advice to the Chief Executive on questions of general business practice or standards within the knowledge of the Board, and give advice on strategic planning initiatives and issues.

Dr Dianne McCarthy CRSNZ CNZM (Chair)

Dianne has extensive experience in a number of senior management and governance roles in the tertiary education, science and health sectors. She holds a BA, BSc, MSc (Hons) and PhD from the University of Auckland.

The former CEO of the Royal Society of New Zealand, she is now a Director of the Cawthron Institute, a member of the governance boards of the Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies, the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge, and is Chair of the Ageing Well National Science Challenge. She is a Trustee of the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research and the Hearing Research Foundation (NZ).

She was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to Education in 2008, a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand for her services to Science in 2015, and a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to science, business and women in 2016.

Dianne is a member of NZIER’s Remuneration and Audit and Finance Committees.

Keith Watson (Deputy Chair)

Keith has a breadth of capabilities gained as a Chairman, Company Director and Managing Director with governance experience in global listed businesses.

He has been an independent Chair of Opus International Consultants (NZX: OIC), Managing Director of Hewlett Packard NZ, and a member of the University of Auckland Business School’s Advisory Board.

Keith specialises in innovation practices in industries that are moving at pace to respond to both technological change and to new sources of competition due to digital transformation, cybersecurity and Cloud

Emeritus Professor Viv Hall

Viv is Emeritus Professor of Economics in the School of Economics & Finance at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW). His previous positions have included the Macarthy Chair of Economics at VUW (1989-2011) and Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Sydney (1984-1989). He has been a Member of NZIER's Shadow Board for RBNZ OCR settings since January 2012, an Affiliate at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research since December 2002, and is a former Director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (1992-2002).

Viv’s current and recent research has focussed on New Zealand's business cycles, and his wider research interests span monetary and fiscal policy and macroeconomic modelling. Further information on Viv's research can be found at

Professor Les Oxley FRSNZ

Les Oxley is Professor of Economics at the University of Waikato's Management School, Adjunct Professor at Curtin University and Affiliate at Motu. In 2004 he was Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand (FRSNZ).

Les was Chair of the Business and Economics Panel of the 2018 Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) New Zealand research assessment exercise. He is co-editor-in-chief and joint founding editor of the Journal of Economic Surveys. He has published on a wide range of topics including sustainable development, NZ economic history and applied financial economics.

He has received research funding from the Marsden Fund, the Health Research Council, the Leverhulme Fund and as it was called at the time, the Public Good Science Fund (PGSF). He is also currently deputy chair of the International Advisory Board of the Ageing Well, National Science Challenge (NSC).

Grant Pryde

Grant is the Director of Ichor Leadership Search, a Wellington-based executive search firm that has a portfolio of clients across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in New Zealand. Well-known for delivering advice that works to enhance organisational success, Grant’s particular expertise is in leading national and international search assignments and completing complex leadership appointments.

With over 30 years’ experience in executive search, Grant has developed long-standing client relationships advising Boards, Chief Executives and senior leaders. His consulting career began with an international search firm, which he became a Director of in 1991.
He then joined an Auckland-based firm where he conducted international searches predominantly in the professional services, information technology and government sectors. Commencing his career in human resources and training and development, Grant moved to the information technology industry, where he held several national management positions before transitioning into management consulting.

Grant holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Canterbury, and a Diploma in Business Studies from Massey University. He is a member of the Institute of Directors. Grant Chairs the Board’s Remuneration Committee.

Bruce Wattie

Bruce has been specialising in providing corporate finance advice and assistance to clients since 1985. He was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for 25 years and continues to provide a diverse range of commercial and financial advice to both the private and public sectors.

Bruce’s technical specialisations include large-scale infrastructure procurement processes, infrastructure financing, financial analysis, capital structuring, business case development, economic regulation, business and share valuations, and cost of capital.

In addition to his technical specialities, Bruce provides general business and commercial advice to boards of directors, other governing bodies and management. He has also been involved in many dispute resolution processes, including acting as an expert witness in court proceedings and arbitrations.

Bruce holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in Economics and Accounting and completed the International Business Programme at Harvard Business School, Boston, USA. He is a Chartered Accountant with the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. 

Bruce Chairs the Board’s Audit and Finance Committee.

For any Board queries please contact:

Jessica Matthewson
04 472 1880