Our board

Read profiles of Careers New Zealand's board members.

Dale Karauria (Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Kahungunu) – Board Chair

Dale Karauria chairs the Careers New Zealand board. Dale has over 15 years’ experience in government roles, primarily focused on Māori development, education, training and employment policy. These include senior manager of iwi and Māori education partnerships at the Ministry of Education, and director of Māori potential policy at Te Puni Kōkiri. She also has wide experience as a private sector consultant, and is currently a director of Dakoda Visions Ltd, a consultancy providing strategic advice across the government sector.

John Ombler – Board Member

John Ombler joined the Careers New Zealand board in November 2013. John worked in the public service for over 30 years and has substantial experience in senior management positions in the public service. He is a former deputy State Services Commissioner and worked as acting chief executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) in 2011, while a permanent appointee was sought. Prior to his role with the State Services Commission, John served as general manager, research development and improvement, with the Department of Conservation.

Chris Meade – Board Member

Chris Meade joined the board in September 2010. Chris is executive general manager, human resources, for Downer NZ, part of an Australasian infrastructure company with an annual turnover of $1.2 billion in NZ. She has held various senior managerial positions at companies such as Meadowfresh, Fonterra, and Waitemata Health. Chris is a member of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand, a member and past chair of the Employer Champions Group, and a member of the Major Companies Group.

Patricia Reade – Board Member

Patricia Reade has held a variety of leadership positions in the public service, including Work and Income New Zealand, the Department of Labour and the Department of Education and Employment in London. She became the chief operating officer for Auckland Council when it was established in 2010, following amalgamation of eight former local authorities across the Auckland region. Auckland Council is now the largest local authority in Australasia. Patricia is currently transformation director for Auckland Council, and joined the Careers New Zealand board in November 2013.

Paul Mersi – Board Member

Paul Mersi joined the Careers New Zealand board in December 2016. He is a professional company director whose current and recent roles include positions with Ngāi Tahu Whai Rawa Fund, Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, Grow Wellington (past-chair) and Brook Asset Management. He has a financial services and public policy background, having been a senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and prior to that a senior policymaker at Inland Revenue.  

Phil O'Reilly – Board Member

Phil O’Reilly is director of Iron Duke Partners, a Wellington-based public policy advisory firm. He is chair of the board of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD and is a member of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation. He is a board member of, or advisor to, a number of New Zealand and global organisations including the ILO Global Business and Disability Network. He was previously chief executive of Business NZ, New Zealand’s leading business advocacy group representing thousands of businesses of all sizes. In 2016, he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Phil joined the Careers New Zealand board in December 2016. 

Tim Copeland – Board Member

Tim Copeland is a director and one of three founders of Wellington-based internet services company SilverStripe. SilverStripe has a wide portfolio of work with public and private sector clients. Tim served as chief executive officer of SilverStripe for its first seven years, and the chairman of Unlimited Potential (Wellington’s largest IT network), before stepping aside to focus on SilverStripe’s international growth. He also acts as an independent adviser and investor in several private companies. Tim joined the Careers New Zealand board in May 2014.

Updated 10 May 2017