University Council Members
Rt Hon James Bolger ONZ, Chancellor
Rt Hon James Bolger was Prime Minister of New Zealand from October 1990 to December 1997. During his 25-year career in politics he led the National Party for almost 12 years, was a Minister for 16 years and had three consecutive terms as the country’s head of government. He is a member of the Order of New Zealand (ONZ) and a former Ambassador to the United States. He currently holds a number of key governance roles including Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the World Agricultural Forum, Chairman of the Gas Industry Company Limited, and Chairman of Mt Cook Alpine Salmon Ltd. He is also a member of Te Urewera Board, and a Treaty Negotiations consultant. He has been a member of Council and Chancellor since 2007.
Mrs Susan Hassall, Pro-Chancellor
Mrs Susan Hassall has an MA (Hons) from the University of Auckland. She has been Headmaster of Hamilton Boys’ High School since 2000, following her early career as a teacher of English, at the same school. She has extensive experience in education, and in the management of change in an organisation. Susan has also been involved, as an Executive member, with the Association of Boys’ Schools, since its inception in 2002, and has an abiding interest in, and involvement with, gifted education, having contributed to the Minister’s Advisory Group for many years. Mrs Hassall contributes to the wider community as a Justice of the Peace, and as a Wedding and Special Occasion Celebrant. She was appointed to the Council in March, 2016.
Professor Neil Quigley, Vice-Chancellor
Professor Neil Quigley has a BA and MA with first class honours from the University of Canterbury, a PhD from the University of Toronto, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Economics in Vietnam. He is an economist of international standing with a long track-record of academic and strategic leadership. He holds a number of Board and expert advisory group memberships; in particular he is the Chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and also a Director of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Professor Quigley was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waikato in 2015 and is an ex officio member of Council.
Mr Scott Bartlett
Scott is CEO of Kordia Group Limited, a telecommunications and media State Owned Enterprise, specialising in network and technology solutions. Scott has extensive leadership experience in the telecommunications industry and also studied a Bachelor of Electronic Commerce (BECom) at the University of Waikato in the early 2000s.
Dr Alison Campbell
Dr Alison Campbell is both Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) and a Senior Lecturer (Biological Sciences) for the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Alison gained her PhD in zoology at Massey University in 1984. She publishes in the field of science education and has been recognised by a number of awards for both science communication and teaching, including a National Teaching Excellence Award in 2010. She was elected to Council by the members of the Academic Board in 2011 and reappointed by nomination of the Academic Board in December 2015.
Ms Margaret Devlin
Margaret Devlin is a professional Director operating predominantly in the infrastructure and service sector. Her current governance portfolio is as follows; Chairman of Harrison Grierson, Watercare, WEL Networks, Titanium Park and Waikato Plan Joint Committee. She is a Member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Board, and is a Director of City Care, Met Services, IT Partners Advisory and Hamilton Airport. She is a Chartered Fellow of The Institute of Directors In New Zealand Limited and is a member of the Waikato branch committee. Margaret is also Chair of the Women’s Infrastructure Network (WIN). She has been a Ministerial appointment on Council since 2017, and is also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Dr Joan Forret
Dr Joan Forret is a partner of Hamilton law firm Harkness Henry and her specialist area of practice covers all aspects of resource management and alcohol licensing. Joan is a Vice President of the Waikato branch of the Property Council and is a recent past chair of the Waikato branch of the Resource Management Law Association. Joan holds a PhD in law from the University of Waikato and arts and science degrees from the University of Otago and lectured for five years in Environmental and Public Law at the University of Waikato. She has been a Ministerial appointee on Council since 2018.
Mr Simon Graafhuis
Mr Simon Graafhuis has a Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato. He has been the CFO for the Gallagher Group since 2008 with responsibility for the global finance function. His career has also included a variety of mainly finance and project-related roles with LIC, Fonterra and New Zealand Dairy Group. Mr Graafhuis has been a Ministerial appointee on Council since December 2014, and is also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Mr Richard Jefferies
Mr Richard Jefferies is of Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Tukorehe descent, and has wide experience in Māori development - especially in education. He is currently CEO, Taupo Moana Group and also serves as Chair for Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust and as a trustee on the Cognition Education Trust. He has professional and strategic interests in the revitalisation of te reo Māori, Māori economic development and lifting Māori educational achievement. He has a Bachelor of Management Studies and a Diploma in Teaching (Sec) from the University of Waikato, is a Justice of the Peace, and has business interests in the kiwifuit industry, as well as being involved in marae and hapu activities. Appointed after consultation with Te Arikinui, Mr Jefferies has been a member of Council since 2015.
Mr Graeme Milne
Mr Graeme Milne has a Bachelor of Technology (Biotech) with first class honours from Massey University. He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013. Graeme has spent most of his career in the dairy industry but also spent time in brewing, pharmaceuticals and the meat sector. He has held several senior executive roles in New Zealand, Europe and Australia including CEO of Bay Milk Products, CEO of New Zealand Dairy Group, CEO of Bonlac in Australia and CEO of Richmond Ltd. Since 2000 Graeme has been a professional director and is currently chairman of several organisations including Synlait Milk, Nyriad, Pro-Form and Rimanui and a current director of FMG, Alliance Group and PF Olsen. Graeme has been in the past a director of Genesis Energy and was the chairman of the Waikato DHB. He has been a Ministerial appointee to Council since 2017.
Mr Nathan Rahui
Mr Nathan Rahui is President of the Waikato Students' Union and the student member of the University Council for 2019.
Ms Ngareta Timutimu
Ms Ngareta Timutimu (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui) has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Education (First Class Honours) from Auckland University. She has worked in the Education field for over 30 years as a teacher, Deputy Principal, Principal and lecturer in both immersion and mainstream sectors. She has extensive experience in the Secondary School, Tertiary, Wānanga and Iwi development domains. Ms Timutimu is the Chairperson of Te Rōpū Manukura which, in partnership with the University Council, is the Kaitiaki (guardian) of the Treaty of Waitangi principles for the University of Waikato. She was appointed to Council after consultation with Te Rōpū Manukura, with effect from 2016.