MARITIME NZ is welcoming new appointees to its governance board.

The maritime body welcomed Lesley Haines and Mike Purchase to the board and Annabel Davies as a future director.

New Zealand associate minister of transport Kieran McAnulty appointed the two board members, while Maritime NZ appointed Ms Davies directly.

Maritime NZ Board chair Jo Brosnahan said the new appointees will bring significant experience and expertise across a wide range of industries to their roles.

“We are lucky to bring in new board members with a wide range of skills, who will add to the diverse group we currently have, shaping the future of Maritime NZ,” Ms Brosnahan said.

“Maintaining a well-rounded governance board is always the priority when bringing in new directors. When you look at the newly appointed trio, they come from a diverse background, and will all be offering unique perspectives for the strategic future of Maritime NZ and the maritime sector.”

Ms Haines brings public administration experience. She has held previous senior public service roles as Deputy CE at the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment and the Department of Labour. Lesley has also worked for the Treasury, Land Information New Zealand and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Mr Purchase has a wide range of experience, from former President of Coastguard, to more than 30 years in the telecommunications industry where he is currently head of corporate at Vodafone.

Ms Davies comes onto the board as a future director. This is the first time Maritime NZ has engaged a future director and the board said it is looking forward to having her join it in this role.

Ms Davies is the chief sustainability and risk officer for Pamu Farms of New Zealand, part of a state-owned enterprise with a portfolio of various kinds of farmland.

Ms Brosnahan said, “With these contributions, I’m confident our board will provide valuable guidance and strategic direction as we work to address the key challenges currently faced by the Maritime industry”.