Independent Director / Auckland
Bridget Coates is Chair of Toitū Tahua: Centre for Sustainable Finance, Chair of Fonterra’s Sustainability Advisory Panel to the Board and Chair of Koi Tu (a think tank, based at the University of Auckland). She is also Chairperson of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand, Director of Yealands Wine Group, Director of Northern Rescue Helicopter Ltd. and Director and Trustee of Mindful Money, a charity with a focus on encouraging responsible investment.
She has been a Governor of the NZ Superannuation Fund and a Director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Bridget has also been a Director of public companies, Sky City Limited and Fisher & Paykel Appliances Holdings Limited, and a Director of Tegel Group Holdings Ltd. She was formerly CEO of Carter Holt Harvey Plastic Products and Director of Research for CS First Boston NZ Ltd as well as being a Member of the University of Auckland Council. She holds degrees in arts, economics and finance from the University of Auckland and also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst qualification: she is a Chartered Member of New Zealand Institute of Directors. Bridget joined the Comvita Board as an Independent Director on 1 October 2021.