The Board

NZ On Air is governed by an independent Board of six members appointed by the Minister of Arts,Culture and Heritage.. The Board meets several times a year.


Miriam Dean CNZM QC

Miriam Dean CNZM QC

Chair. Appointed in April 2012. Reappointed in July 2015.
Miriam is a barrister sole. She is a director of Crown Fibre Holdings, a Trustee of the Royal NZ Ballet and Chair of the Banking Ombudsman Scheme. Miriam is also a member of the Remuneration and HR Committee.


Ross McRobie

Ross McRobie

Appointed in August 2011. Reappointed in June 2014. Reappointed in July 2015.

Ross is a company director and business owner and former radio executive. Ross chairs the Board's Audit and Risk Committee. He is also a member of the board of the NZ Film Commission.


Kim Wicksteed

Kim Wicksteed

Appointed in January 2013. Reappointed in July 2015.

Kim is an independent marketing consultant and business adviser. A former CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi, he has worked with many leading New Zealand companies and is an IOD accredited director. Kim chairs the Board's Remuneration and HR Committee.


Ian Taylor CNZM

Ian Taylor

(Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngā Puhi). Appointed in August 2015.   

Ian is the founder and managing director of Animation Research.  He is a former children’s television producer and documentary maker. Ian is President of the Institute of IT Professionals.  He is also a member of the board of the NZ Film Commission.


Helen Grattan

Helen Grattan

Appointed in January 2016.

Helen has had an international career in TV programme distribution after stints in newspaper and radio. She is a former Director of TVNZ International, Director of National Geographic's TV and film distribution arm in Washington DC, and Managing Director of Explore International, a joint venture distribution company in London. Helen now runs her own international consultancy from New Zealand.


John McCay

John McCay

Appointed in May 2016

John is a partner in the Wellington office of Minter Ellison Rudd Watts and is an experienced sport, technology, media and entertainment lawyer. He also works in the areas of intellectual property, confidentiality and trade secrets. He is currently a trustee for the Wellington Arts Foundation and Limbs4all Trust and is also a member on the board of the NZ Film Commission.