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Jack Bisset (Policy Manager at The External Reporting Board)

Jack Bisset

Policy Manager at The External Reporting Board

Jack is leading on the strategy aspects of the climate-related disclosure standards. Jack’s previous role was a Principal Policy Advisor at the Ministry for the Environment in the Chief Executive’s Office. Jack was working across strategy, macroeconomic modelling, emissions trading, sustainable finance and climate-related disclosures.

Guy Williams (Co-Chair of Nature Working Group & Director, Biodiversity and Natural Capital - Sustainability and Climate Change at Deloitte)

Guy Williams

Co-Chair of Nature Working Group & Director, Biodiversity and Natural Capital - Sustainability and Climate Change at Deloitte
Shara Lohrasb (Co-Chair of Nature Working Group & Associate Director at Clean Energy Finance Corporation)

Shara Lohrasb

Co-Chair of Nature Working Group & Associate Director at Clean Energy Finance Corporation
April Mackenzie (Chief Executive at The External Reporting Board)

April Mackenzie

Chief Executive at The External Reporting Board

April joined the XRB as Chief Executive in December 2019 and is responsible for leading the organisation to achieve its mission and strategic objectives. This includes oversight of the XRB's operations, people, policies, processes, and governance.
April has extensive experience in external reporting both in New Zealand and internationally. She was a Board member for four years with the International Valuation Standards Council where she also briefly acted as Council’s Interim Chief Executive. As Global Head of Governance and Public Policy for Grant Thornton International, April was responsible for formulating and representing the Network’s positions on key regulatory policy matters.
April is well regarded for her technical expertise and has served as a technical advisor and member of a number of international bodies including the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), the International Financial Reporting Standards Advisory Council (IFRS), the Global Public Policy Committee, and the Joint Ethics Committee of the Consultative Committee of Accounting Bodies in the United Kingdom.
April’s considerable accounting and auditing background also spans a number of organisations and roles including the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants as Divisional Director of Policy, Touche Ross & Co (UK and NZ), the New Zealand Securities Commission and the New Zealand Audit Office.
April is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and holds a Master of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Auckland. In her free time, April enjoys being with her family and working on their rural property in Otago.

Simon O'Connor (CEO of Responsible Investment Association Australasia)

Simon O'Connor

CEO of Responsible Investment Association Australasia

Simon operates at the intersection of economics, finance and sustainability and has extensive international experience as an economic adviser, investment analyst and sustainability consultant across finance, corporate and not for profit sectors.

Simon works with RIAA’s over 350 member organisations with the goal of delivering on RIAA’s mission of promoting, advocating for, and supporting approaches to responsible investment that align capital with achieving a healthy and sustainable society, environment and economy.

Simon is active across the region and internationally in responsible investment and sustainable finance initiatives. He sits as Co-Chair of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative, working group member of the NZ Sustainable Finance Forum, a member of the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, the UN backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Australia Network Advisory Committee, as well as a member of the National Advisory Board on Impact Investing in New Zealand.

Liam Walsh (Food, Land and Oceans System Lead at ClimateWorks)

Liam Walsh

Food, Land and Oceans System Lead at ClimateWorks

Liam currently leads ClimateWorks’ efforts to reduce emissions and enhance the capacity of nature to meet climate goals within the Food, Land & Ocean system. Liam has worked on issues relating to agriculture, nature conservation and business for over 10 years in Australia, Vietnam, Kenya, Liberia and the UK. He has worked for a number of high profile Not-For-Profits and research institutes including the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership where he worked with leading companies to develop and embed natural capital approaches into day-to-day business operations and decision-making.