Board of directors

The powerHouse board is made up of leaders in technology investment and commercialisation.


  • John BarrJohn Barr – Chair

    John is managing director of Ayrshire e.b.a. Ltd, which specialises in providing governance and business, holistic and operational advice for managing directors and owners of small to medium-sized businesses. John has chief executive- and directorship-level experience across a broad range of industry environments, covering manufacturing, contract manufacturing, technology and electricity, together with involvement in the NZ Trade and Enterprise Beachhead programme and the GlobalScots network. Please note John is not on the powerHouse Investment Committee that makes investment decisions for the powerHouse funds.
  • Phil HollidayPhil Holliday
    Phil is managing director of Holliday Corporation, a business growth and angel investment company. Phil is an industry figurehead who achieved success through the multimillion-dollar sale of his electronics and wireless company Holliday Group Ltd to iTouch PLC in the UK and the sale of Emendo Ltd to McKesson Corporation. Phil is chairman of the powerHouse Investment Committee. This committee makes investment decisions for the powerHouse funds.
  • Elizabeth HopkinsElizabeth Hopkins
    Elizabeth has held a range of senior management roles, up to CEO level in the UK and NZ. She has worked for large companies (Pfizer), led start-ups (Encoate) and run a publicly listed company (Wool Equities). She now holds a number of Directorships including being Deputy Chair of CPIT’s Council, a ministerial appointment to the Council of International Accreditation NZ, and a Director of Innate Immunotherapeutics. Additionally, she is the Director of the Research and Commercialisation Office at Lincoln University. Please note, Elizabeth is not on the powerHouse Investment Committee that makes investment decisions for the powerHouse funds.
  • John HunterJohn Hunter
    John has extensive chief financial officer experience as well as chief operating officer and general management experience, including HR, IT and legal responsibilities. John is familiar with manufacturing, finance, retail, wholesale, information technology and primary sectors, with extensive board level experience as a senior executive as well as holding board positions as a director and Board chair, public company reporting and representation. Please note John is not on the powerHouse Investment Committee that makes investment decisions for the powerHouse funds.
  • John WalleyJohn Walley
    John has international experience in research, development, manufacturing and distribution companies in the marine, electronics and software industries. He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers NZ (IPENZ), Member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management. He is a director and chair of several companies and has a number of investments in early-stage and start-up technology companies. John is a member of the powerHouse Investment Committee.
  • Steve WilsonSteve Wilson
    Steve has 33 years experience as CEO of both public and private companies. He is currently Executive Director of Talbot Technologies Ltd, a technical plastics manufacturer and exporter. He is a Member of The New Zealand Order of Merit, a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management, a Life Member of Plastics New Zealand, and a director and shareholder of a number of technology companies. Steve is also a Member of the Advisory Board, Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury. Steve is a member of the powerHouse Investment Committee.