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Expert Advisory Panel members

Phil Newman

Phil Newman

Phil is the International Programmes Director at Tearfund.  He was previously CEO of Transparency International Australia. He took the organisation from a volunteer-led organization to a professionalised advocacy and programming organisation, leading a global programme - funded by the Australian Aid Programme - to tackle corruption within the mining sector. He also worked for Transparency International in Vietnam and is currently the Board Chair of Transform Aid International. His previous career was in the finance sector, but his passion lies in aid and development work.

Phil has significant executive (and governance) experience and strong strategic leadership skills. He has a natural positive outlook, a leaning toward collaboration and alliances and engages easily and confidently across a broad range of people.

Rachel Roberts

Rachel Roberts

Rachel works with organisations on strategic and operational communications, as well as project-based work. She has worked across not-for-profit organisations, business and government agencies, as diverse as philanthropy and Search and Rescue. She has supported, driven and consulted on a wide range of activities. She has worked on a number of cross sector projects and forums aimed at creating collaborative responses to the issues at hand.

Rachel is most interested in delivering communication leadership that provides clarity and leads to practical outcomes that are fit for purpose and achievable.

In a previous life she was a journalist and radio producer working on National Radio’s Nine to Noon programme.

Rachel is married to Chris; they have two teenage boys and live on Wellington’s South Coast.

Suzanne Snively

Suzanne Snively

Suzanne chairs Transparency International New Zealand and was a joint Co-Director of the comprehensive Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment. She is now leading the TINZ Financial Integrity System Assessment that provides an opportunity for accounting, legal, audit, risk management and strategic development knowledge to demonstrate the strengths, and advise on ways to enhance the integrity, of New Zealand’s financial system.

Suzanne was previously a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers specialising as an economic strategist. She has been a company director for over 30 years, with exrensive governance experience across public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Suzanne is currently on the Health Research Council, and a Director of New Zealand Opera, Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency, Te Pou Matakana and an Independent Director of the Army Leadership Board. She was the Chair of the Phase 1 Review of the Reserve Bank Act 1989 and is the Chair of Phase 2. 

Jacqueline Paul

Jacqueline Paul

Jacqueline is of Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Tūwharetoa descent. She is a Māori landscape architect, a researcher at Nga Wai a Te Tui Maori and Indigenous Research Centre, Lecturer at Unitec Institute of Technology and previously a member of the Auckland Youth Advisory Panel at Auckland Council.

Jacqueline has vast experience ranging from research, policy and design both nationally and internationally. Recently she completed a dissertation, which discusses how papakāinga (traditional settlement) housing that incorporates Māori knowledge, principles, and practices can contribute to medium-density housing in cities.

Jacqueline is a proactive advocate for better youth inclusiveness in the development of planning the future of our cities and communities. She participated in the process to develop the OGP National Action Plan 2018-20 (attending the Auckland Workshop and being a delegate at the Synthesis Workshop.

Sean Audain

Sean Audain

Sean is the Chief Innovation Lead at the Wellington City Council.

He is an urban planner who brings together communities and technologies to unlock insight and action towards the future of cities. He works across sectors focussing on Smart Cities, cross organisation priorities and achieving outcomes. His major interests are in taking concepts like Open Data, the Internet of Things, Data Visualisation, GIS and making them pathways towards solving real world problems and helping people make better decisions.

Sean has have worked with CivicTech and Digital Professionals across the city to grow and support Civic Hackathon groups and digital engagement.

In addition to the activities within Wellington City Council Sean has also been a supporter and organiser for a number of community data groups, including GovHack, Hack Miramar and the Climathon.

Dr Farib Sos

Dr Farib Sos

Dr Farib Sos has had wide experience in both the private and public sectors in New Zealand, spanning some 35 years.

Cambodian by birth, Farib was awarded a Colombo Plan Scholarship in 1972 and received a BSc degree from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. In 2009, he was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to International Relations.

Farib is a commercially minded and experienced board member with strategic insight, governance expertise and sound interpersonal and communication capabilities who has engaged with diverse stakeholders including CEOs, executive teams, politicians, ministry officials and community groups. He is adept at viewing issues from different perspectives, drawing on his varied academic, business and political background to ask critical questions, challenge the status quo and mobilise stakeholders to gain buy-in and achieve organisational growth.

Farib is a member of the Victoria University of Wellington Council, and a Trustee of the University’s Foundation, Director of the Asia Pacific Research Institute and Executive Chair of the Asia Forum. He has previously Chaired Volunteer Service Abroad NZ.

Simon Wright

Simon Wright

Simon has a strong commitment to democratic governance and the aims of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). He participated in the development of New Zealand’s Third National Action Plan – participating in both a Wellington workshop and the Synthesis workshop.  Simon also co-organised a session on deliberative democracy at the OGP’s 2018 regional meeting in Seoul.

Simon is a public engagement professional with over 13 years’ experience working for organisations such as Toi te Taiao; the Bioethics Council (TtT) and the Wellington City Council (WCC). More recently, he has worked as a partner in a public engagement consultancy and has provided advice to a range of Ministers and organisations.

He has served on the Board of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) (Australasia) and chaired its Practice Development Committee. Simon teaches a Masters-level course on digital public engagement at the Victoria University of Wellington and has used digital technologies to engage the NZ public on complex issues News.

Simon was the coordinator of the WCC’s Youth Council, and a Trustee of Citizenship Trust and of Youth Work Wellington.