David O Jones MNZM:

Founding partner of Jones Young Lawyers which merged with Heimsath Alexander in 2017.  David is a specialist in corporate advisory and sports law. He was appointed by Cabinet in 2007 as the Chairman of the New Zealand Takeovers Panel and retired from this role in 2016 and served as a member of the Australian Takeovers Panel. David was inducted as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and the economy. He has acted for athletes of many sporting disciplines for over 20 years and is an accredited agent of the New Zealand Rugby Players Association.

Michael Jones MNZM:

Michael Jones is a former All Black and Samoan international, Blues and Auckland rugby player. Michael received a New Zealand Medal for service to the Pacific Island community and was inducted as a Member of New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Sport and Community. He has a Bachelor of Town planning and a Masters Degree in Pacific Economic Development. He is currently the Director of Strategic Relationship for Matson South Pacific Limited and is an active participant in a number of community not for profit trusts that are focused on empowering youths through mentoring, education, sports and leadership.

John Phipps

BSc(Hons), AIAA
John has 30 years' experience in the investment management business, carrying out portfolio manager roles, analytical roles and establishing and owning investment management businesses. John is currently a joint owner, the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Forte Funds Management.

Past positions include; Deputy Head of Equities at AMP Capital, Director and Portfolio Manager of Southpac Investment Management, joint founder of Coronet Asset Management and Investment Manager of Macquarie Investment Management. John started his career in the actuarial department at Government Life (Tower) in 1980.


Eric Rush is the Owner/Operator of a Foodstuffs Supermarket. After completing a Bachelor of Laws degree, Rush was admitted to the bar as a Barrister and practiced corporate law for eight years.  The triple international rugby representative played 29 games for the All Blacks between 1992 and 1996 is one of world’s most well-known Seven’s player.   Rush represented New Zealand at Sevens for 17 years and captained the side. During his time with the team they won back-to-back Commonwealth Games Gold Medals at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur and the 2002 Manchester Games.  They also won six consecutive World Sevens Series Titles and the Sevens World Cup Championship in 2001.  Rush played in the Rugby National Provincial Championship for North Harbour and Auckland.  He represented New Zealand at touch rugby, won a light-heavyweight New Zealand boxing title and represented the New Zealand U-17 volleyball team.  

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