Kerry Prendergast (CNZM), Chair
Tourism New Zealand’s Chair Kerry
Prendergast has held the post since
The former Mayor of Wellington and
Vice-President of Local Government
New Zealand holds an MBA from Victoria
University of Wellington (where she is a
Distinguished Alumnus), and was made
a Companion of the New Zealand Order
of Merit in 2011 for her services to local
In addition to her Tourism New Zealand
role, Kerry is also Chair of the Environmental
Protection Authority, the New Zealand
Richard Leggat, Deputy Chair
Richard has a varied background across
business, marketing, and e-commerce.
He is now a full-time director, and has
been Deputy Chair of Tourism New
Zealand since December 2013.
Richard is the Chair of NZ Cycle Trail
Inc, the entity charged with ensuring
the success and sustainability of the
Government's national cycle trail
Raewyn is the founder of New Zealand’s
largest private tourism education
provider, the New Zealand School of
Tourism (formerly the Sir George Seymour
National College of Tourism), and has been
instrumental in the success of a number of
New Zealand business start-ups.
Raewyn has significant experience at a
senior level in the education, tourism and
health sectors, having been Independent
Chair of the Local Government Industry
Training Organisation, Stakeholder
Festival, the New Zealand Film Commission,
the Wellington Jazz Music Festival Trust,
and the Endangered Species Foundation.
She is Deputy Chair of Wellington Free
Ambulance and President of the Rotary Club
of Wellington Inc.
Kerry is a director of Wellington Merchants
(formerly Kirkcaldie & Stains), Worksafe NZ
and Wellington Phoenix Football Club. She
is also a patron and trustee of several New
Zealand community organisations, and is an
ambassador for Alzheimer's New Zealand.
On 18 August 2015 Kerry was reappointed for
a second term ending on 17 August 2018.
initiative, and Panuku Development
Auckland. He is also on the Boards of
Cycling NZ, Snow Sports New Zealand,
New Zealand Post, and Education
Richard, who was first appointed to
the New Zealand Tourism Board on 1
February 2010, was reappointed for a
third term that finishes on 10 April 2018.
Engagement Manager for the Tertiary
Education Commission and a Board
member of Learning State (the state
sector industry training organisation).
Raewyn now chairs the Southern Health
and Disability Ethics Committee, is
Advisor Marketing and Vocational Strategy
for Lincoln University, and is a Director of
the New Zealand Blood Service.
Raewyn was appointed to the Tourism
New Zealand Board in August 2015 for a