TINZ Governance

Transparency International (New Zealand) is governed by a Board of Directors of up to 12 persons elected by Members at the Society’s Annual General Meeting. Directors are appointed for three years. They serve as individuals and not as representatives of their employer.

The current Officers of the Society are:

Lyn Provost

Patron: Lyn Provost

Originally from Gisborne, Lyn Provost was the Controller and Auditor General of New Zealand from 2009 to 2017. She is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration. She has held positions in private sector auditing firms in London and South Africa, and senior public sector roles in the State Services Commission and Archives New Zealand. Lyn was also Deputy Commissioner of the New Zealand Police for 8 years.

Lyn was the audit director on the world’s first set of accrual financial statements produced by a government and has devoted herself to improving public management and auditing in the public sector both in New Zealand and internationally. For financial reporting she has a determined focus on reducing clutter and making information meaningful and understandable for readers.

A leader and supporter of integrity and TINZ for many years, Lyn is persistent with inestimable reserves of experience that give her great ability to provide sage advice about ethics, transparency and leadership. [Register of Interests]

Chair: Suzanne Snively

Former PricewaterhouseCoopers Partner, now Managing Director of MoreMedia Enterprises Ltd, economic strategist Suzanne is currently an Independent Director on the New Zealand Army Leadership Board, New Zealand Opera and inaugural Director of the Maori Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency, Te Pou Matakana. She’s a Patron of Vincents Art Workshop and came to New Zealand as a Fulbright Scholar; was previously a Ministerial appointee to the Whanau Ora Task Force; and Director of the NZ Reserve Bank, R A Hannah and Co, Whitireia and WelTec Community Polytechnics, Wellington City Council’s Capital Holdings, Agri-Womens’ Development Trust, the Health Research Council and others.

Suzanne has been a regular analyst and commentator on NZ’s economic position for over 30 years, including commentary on corruption levels. [Register of Interests]

Henry Lynch - Transparency International New Zealand Director

Deputy Chair: Henry Lynch

Henry Lynch has worked predominantly in the financial services area for over 30 years in a number of varied locations and roles. His current work in strategic planning, executive leadership, advisory and governance at Board level builds upon his 35 years corporate experience with 25 years in Executive, CEO and Board roles.

Henry has served as a director in a number of organisations primarily in the financial services and insurance sectors. He expects to be heavily involved in the TINZ Financial Integrity System Assessment. [Register of Interests]

Brendon Wilson - Transparency International New Zealand Director

Director: Brendon Wilson

Brendon has held leadership roles in airlines, the technology sector, a major professional membership body and in government. He provides consultancy to enable organisations to realise their stakeholder potential.

His experience has convinced him of the need for business, government and communities to commit to open honest communication and ethical integrity for the sake of our society and all our prosperity. Work in the electoral system has focussed him on the electoral integrity all New Zealanders deserve, to enable the benefits of our democratic freedom.

“The combination of vigorous open democracy, good governance, healthy competitive integrity in business and strong vibrant communities offers a platform for all New Zealanders to achieve the opportunities and prosperity we should expect. The success of our country in an increasingly difficult and complex world demands that we commit ever more firmly to these principles, the stakes are high.”

His Maori lineage is a source of pride, and he follows interests in aviation, classic cars and motorsport. [Register of Interests]

Professor John Hopkins - Transparency International New Zealand Director

Director: Dr. John Hopkins

John is a Professor of Public Law at the University of Canterbury with a long record of working in the fields of public integrity and the Rule of Law. He has previously worked at a number of other Universities in New Zealand and the UK and held visiting positions in the field of global governance at the Central European University, Budapest and Georgetown University, Washington DC, among others.

John is currently a national rapporteur in the Global Justice Project’s Rule of Law project and more recently have worked on the Rule of Law and corruption issues in a Pacific context and jointly heads an European Union funded project examining corruption in the Pacific.

He recently was the lead author for TINZ’s submission to the OECD periodic review of the Foreign Bribery Convention. [Register of Interests]

Avon Adams - Transparency International New Zealand Director

Director: Avon Adams

Avon Adams is a member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand. She holds an MA Hons in Political Studies from the University of Auckland.

She is a communicator, broadcaster and academic and one of the industry’s most experienced and respected PR professionals. She has worked in communication roles in the UK, Australia as well as New Zealand leading communications and corporate affairs for some of New Zealand’s best known brands including Air New Zealand, Vodafone, TVNZ, the Auckland District Health Board and the Department of Conservation. She has worked for a number of television networks around the world as a journalist, presenter and director, consulted for many government and private sector organisations and lectured at universitoes in journalism and communications.

She has a strong interest in communications as a key driver of business excellence.

Special topic areas: . [Register of Interests]

Ann Webster - Transparency International New Zealand Director

Director: Ann Webster

Ann currently works in Crown entity governance, performance and investment in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Prior to this, she worked for Office of the Auditor-General from 1999 as Sector Manager, Local Government and from 2004 as Assistant Auditor-General, Research and Development until October 2017.

Prior to joining the Office of the Auditor-General Ann worked in public sector corporate planning, research, and public policy in both central and local government. She has a Bachelor of Arts, a Diploma of Social Science Research and a Master of Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington.

Ann is particularly interested in public sector stratey, performance, management, planning, governance, accountability, long-term public sector sustainability, and asset and resource management.

Special topic areas: constitution, National Integrity Systems, Parliamentary Liaison. [Register of Interests]

John Hallr - Transparency International New Zealand Director

Director: John Hall

John is a general practice lawyer from a multicultural background fluent in the Korean language. He is a member of the Auckland District Law Society’s Newly Suited committee and  a member of several Korean community organisations. He is a founding trustee of Fortress Social Services Charitable Trust – an organisation devoted to assisting migrants to access legal services.

TINZ has a major responsibility in New Zealand civil society to call attention to corruption and prevent it’s spread. John has  a passion for ensuring that all citizens are provided with the information and training necessary for them to understand how our society works. Empowering citizens to understand corruption and transparency combats corruption. As we become a superdiverse country we need to ensure that all citizens are equipped with the knowledge to understand our system so that they are not valunerable.

John grew up in Auckland and is proud to call it home.

Special topic areas: Civics & Human Rights, OGP, Auckland Events. [Register of Interests]

Stephanie Hopkins - Transparency International New Zealand Director

Director: Stephanie Hopkins

Stephanie’s background includes experience in central and local government and private sector finance and general management across a range of industries including financial services. Recently she has been working with not-for-profit organisations in senior management and consultancy/advisor roles. 

She has been associated with TINZ since mid-2013, previously serving on the board and contracted as the GM, Operations. She was re-elected to the board in October 2018 and then elected as Treasurer. She chairs the Admin & Finance committee and also sits on the Personnel Committee.

Stephanie is a born and bred New Zealander growing up in rural NZ. She has travelled extensively and had the good fortune to work in Africa, the Pacific and Melanesia.

Special topic areas: Pacific, Financial Integrity Services Assessment (FISA), Affiliations. [Register of Interests]

Karen Coutts - Transparency International New Zealand Director

Director: Karen Coutts

Karen has held a number of senior operational roles in the UK in the health and social sector and policy roles in central government in the mental health, data-statistics and Māori economic development sectors. Her shift from social to economic development reflects her aptitude to be a ‘change-agent’ following a career committed to making our society inclusive, fulfilling human rights for all, and therefore achieving better economic outcomes as well.

Karen has also been heavily involved in Māori/iwi/hapū governance over the past 15 years and draws on personal experiences to guide her choice of work in Wellington. She affiliates to Ngāi Tahu and Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki.

Karen sees it as critical to fulfillment of Treaty of Waitangi obligations for both the Crown and Māori to bring integrity, transparency, honesty and ethical relationships as key for progressing the well-being of all in NZ. [Register of Interests]

Luke Qin - Transparency International New Zealand Director

Director: Luke Qin

Originally from Sichuan, the “Land of Abundance”, home to world famous spicy cuisine and pandas, Luke first arrived in Christchurch as an international student and was selected to play 1st XV rugby for Linwood College in his first year in New Zealand despite not previously knowing the rules of the game. After graduating from the University of Canterbury, he worked as a journalist for a bilingual community newspaper and in B2B sales, before relocating to Wellington to join the banking industry and completing his Masters in Applied Finance at Victoria University of Wellington.

He now works as an international trade banker with one of New Zealand’s leading banks, looking after established exporters and importers in the Central Region. Luke currently serves as President of the Wellington Chinese Association, National Executive member of the New Zealand Chinese Association, Honorary Advisor & Life Member of the New Zealand China Friendship Society, Executive committee member of the New Zealand China Trade Association, Board Advisor for Sister Cities New Zealand, Honorary Treasurer & Standing Committee member of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Wellington City Ambassador and “stand-in” lead singer of the OrientXpress Jazz Band. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors, Asia New Zealand Foundation Leadership Network, Friends of Waiwhetu Stream, Rotary Club of Wellington, and was appointed a Justice of the Peace for New Zealand at the age of 27. Luke was awarded a long service medal by the New Zealand Fire Service as a volunteer firefighter and successfully completed the Sky Tower Stair Challenge in 2018 to raise funds for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand.

Luke chairs our Affiliations committee and is a member of our Financial Integrity System Assessment, Anti-Money Laundering & monthly newsletter working groups. Special topic areas: Affiliations, Financial Integrity System Assessment & Anti-Money Laundering  [Register of Interests]

Tod Cooper - Transparency International New Zealand Director

Director: Tod Cooper

Recently appointed in the newly created Director of Commercial Strategy and Relationship within the New Zealand Defence Force, Tod has been involved in commercial and operational leadership and advisory roles in both New Zealand and overseas, with two of his most recent roles having a significant strategic transformational change. Tod has held senior positions across both public and private sector in both sales, procurement and business leadership and development, cementing himself as a proficient and pragmatic trusted commercial advisor.

Tod’s career began in the mid 90’s with a sales and marketing role within a private defence contractor, a role which would eventually lead to a 8-year diplomatic career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the opportunity to work with customers across a broad range of sectors including technology, geospatial, construction, tertiary, banking and more recently space. Tod is currently the National Chair for the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.

A proud Wellingtonian, Tod’s work-life balance includes being a qualified BodyPump and GRIT instructor at Les Mills.

Special topic areas: Defence and Defence Anti-Corruption Index, Modern Slavery, Procurement and Training. [Register of Interests]


Ferdinand Balfoort - Transparency International New Zealand Director

Director: Ferdinand Balfoort

Ferdinand is a global professional advisor and academic in the areas of Impact, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) Advisory, governance, compliance and financial reporting. He is practically experienced in implementing and ensuring compliance with a wide range of international regulatory and stock exchange rules, as well as auditing and investigations. He lately focusses on the global challenge of climate change, at international, national and organizational levels. Ferdinand is working extensively on environmental technology solutions to achieve green technology symbiosis deployment, using UN SDG, IRIS and GIIN reporting frameworks, to guide and support the achievement of global climate goals and objectives. He founded an Impact Advisory and Capital raising boutique with offices in London and Wellington in 2016, to tackle climate change.

He holds CIA certification in addition to being a CA and has been a member of IIA NZ and IIA USA since 1990. Ferdinand previously spent 25 years globally auditing and investigating on different continents, as a senior Governance, Risk and Compliance partner or Chief Audit Executive. In 2012 he earned his Master of Commerce and Accounting at Victoria University of Wellington on the topic of corruption, culture and financial reporting in China and Indonesia, based on his work in those countries, which was followed by an AAAJ published academic article on culture and financial reporting in 2017.

Ferdinand continues his academic writing and research in his domains of interest. He is currently co-writing a planned international publication on fiscal frameworks and national environmental budgeting systems, as well as private sector organization controls and financing, that need to be in place to achieve Paris Agreement climate objectives. He is a Director on the Board of Transparency International New Zealand, focussing on corporate and environmental governance matters, and has worked with Transparency internationally since 1999. He is also a member of the Regulatory Tribunal of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in the United Kingdom. [Register of Interests]

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