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Board of Directors

Russell Yardley

Non-executive Independent Director

Russell has been a professional Non-Executive Director and Chairman for the past decade following a career in the informational technology and communications sector. He is Chairman of ASX listed Tesserent Limited, on the boards of two WPP companies Wunderman and Bienalto, Chairman of the Australian Federal Government funded National eResearch Collaboration Resources and Tools project, a member of the Victorian Government Purchasing Board as well as being an honorary member of the board of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation. After spending more than 7 years at IBM he founded his first company Decision Engineers that was merged with ASI to form Applied Learning that was then listed on the ASX in 1993. Russell was the Victorian State Chair 2010-2011 and the National Treasurer 2011-2014 of the Australian Information Industry Association, was made an Honorary Member of the Australian Computer Society in 2010 and made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2012.

 Appointed to the Board on 28/2/2017.

Rick Christie

Non-executive Independent Director

Rick is a professional Director and Chairman with extensive experience in the private and public sectors in New Zealand, Australia and elsewhere. He is Chairman of the New Zealand supercomputer network NeSI, ikeGPS Ltd and Service IQ and a director of Southport and Solnet Solutions. He also had extensive experience as a senior/ Chief Executive, including with BP Oil Limited, in Australia and the UK, Cable Price Downer - involved in the ANZAC Frigate Project - and the diversified New Zealand investment company Rangatira Ltd. He was Chief Executive of the NZ Trade Development Board, Chairman of the Crown Research Institute AgResearch, past Chairman of ASX and NZX listed Ebos Group Ltd.  He was a member of the Prime Minister’s Enterprise Council, Chairman of the Technological Innovation Working Group, the Science and Innovation Advisory Council and the Growth and Innovation Advisory Board. In 2010 he was made a Companion of the Royal Society of NZ.

Rick is a member of the Powerhouse Corporate Governance & Nomination Committee.

Appointed to the Board on 10/12/2014.


Stephen Hampson

Managing Director

Stephen’s career has been dedicated to transforming new knowledge into commercial success. His commercialisation work in Europe included fast-growth execution and business-improvement in several acquired companies he was appointed to lead, including the trade sale of one of these companies and the domination of a global niche in another. Returning to New Zealand, Stephen was inaugural CEO of the award-winning Canterbury Innovation Incubator (Cii) before establishing Powerhouse in 2006. In this role, he has overseen the incubation and growth of more than 50 new companies. Stephen is a Director of a number of Powerhouse’s Portfolio Companies, including HydroWorks Limited, Invert Robotics Limited, Solar Bright Limited and CropLogic Limited.


Stephen joined Powerhouse in 2006 as its Chief Executive Officer and was appointed as Managing Director in December 2014.


Appointed to the Board on 10/12/2014.

Phone. +64 27 227 9854


John Hunter

Non-executive Independent Director

John has held various Directorship positions for 23 years on both private and NZX listed companies, together with board membership on educational and health sector institutions. John executive career encompassed extensive chief financial officer experience as well as chief operating officer and general manager positions in New Zealand and Australia. His expertise includes HR, IT and legal responsibilities. He has extensive experience across the manufacturing, finance, retail, wholesale, information technology and primary sectors. John has specialised in managing fast-growing, post-seed companies to sector dominance or national significance, whereafter he has often managed their listing on the NZSX.

John is a Director of Powerhouse investee company Hydroworks Limited and is Chairman of the Powerhouse Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Portfolio Committee.

Appointed to the Board on 27/06/2014.

Dianne McCarthy

Non-executive Independent Director

Di is the former professor at the University of Auckland, with an extensive list of peer reviewed publications. She was then Chief Executive of the Royal Society of New Zealand and has over 20 years’ experience in various management and governance roles in the tertiary education, science and health sectors, including Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equity) and Council member at the University of Auckland, a Director of Agresearch, a Crown Research Institute,. She is currently a Member of the Victoria University of Wellington Council Nominations Panel and Member International Jury for L’Oreal for Women in Science Fellowships Melbourne. She is a Director of the Cawthron Institute and a member of the governance boards of the Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies University of Otago and two National Science Challenges - Ageing Well and Healthier Lives. She is a Trustee of the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research and the Deafness Research Foundation (NZ). She is a former member of the Board of Grow Wellington and a current trustee of Business Trust Marlborough. She is the Executive Director of DCM Solutions, a small consulting company for research in education, science and health. She was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to education, a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand for services to science.

Di is the Chairman of the Powerhouse Human Resources and Remuneration Committee and a member of the Portfolio Committee and the Corporate Governance and Nomination Committees.

Appointed to the Board on 10/12/2014.


Paul Viney

Executive Director

Paul is a career finance and governance professional, being a Fellow of both CPA Australia and the Governance Institute of Australia. He has worked in Australian industrial and financial services organisations for over 30 years and has specialised in financial and management accounting, value creation, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. He has worked in packaging, regulatory, cement, coal and masonry, printing and publishing and financial services industries. Prior to joining Powerhouse, Paul was Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary at diversified ASX listed banking group MyState Limited (ASX Code: MYS) which operated two retail banks and a wealth and fund management Company.

Paul is a member of the Tasmanian Government Department of Health and Human Services Audit & Risk Committee and a Director of the Victorian based Pathways Rehabilitation and Support Services Limited.

Appointed to the Board on 11/04/2016.


Phone. +64 21 0847 2029


John Walley

Non-executive Non-independent Director

John’s background is in research, development, and manufacturing and distribution companies operating in the marine, vehicle, electronics and software sectors in New Zealand, Australia (including ASX listed), USA, and Europe. John has held technical, general management and executive roles in New Zealand and the UK. and was a founding shareholder of Adherium Limited, which recently listed on the ASX.

He is a director or chair of several companies and has a number of investments in early-stage technology firms. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers NZ (IPENZ), a Member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management. Previously he was Chief Executive of the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association and other senior management roles.

He is a founding shareholder and current Chairman of ProACtive Software Limited and Coretex Limited, both of which have operations in Australia. He has been a Director of Industrial Research Ltd., Stabi Craft Marine. Carlton Taylor Ltd. and Hamer Ltd.

John is a founding shareholder of Powerhouse Ventures Limited and a Director of CRIS Ltd and a substantial shareholder of the Company. He is also Vice-Chairman of Powerhouse investee company Hydroworks Limited and is a member of the Powerhouse Portfolio Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee.

Appointed to the Board on 16/08/2006.