A successful e-commerce manager and
professional director, Mike “MOD” O’Donnell
is chief commercial officer for mobile
workforce platform vWork; and chairman of
the cloud-based booking company Timely
He sits on the boards of Kiwibank, Gareth
Morgan Investments, New Zealand
Government to Government KnowHow,
online global music company Serato,
software intelligence company Raygun,
and Radio New Zealand. He also writes a
national business column for Fairfax Media.
The former chief operating officer of
Trade Me, MOD previously chaired
Positively Wellington Tourism and
has managed several online travel
businesses. MOD is passionate about
motorsport, regularly participating in
Targa rallies and various motorcycle
events, he also chairs the NZ Motorcycle
MOD was appointed to the New Zealand
Tourism Board on 15 October 2013.
Chris Parkin (CNZM)
Chris Parkin, a prominent arts patron and
entrepreneur, owned the Museum Art
Hotel in Wellington for 22 years.
Chris was made a Companion of the New
Zealand Order of Merit for services to the
arts and business in 2011, and continues
to support budding artists through the
Parkin Drawing Prize, valued at $20,000.
A former investment banker Chris was a
Wellington City Councillor for nine years
before retiring in 2004, and now owns
several buildings and properties in the
greater Wellington area.
Chris is a director of a number of New
Zealand property companies including
Strada NZ Ltd (incorporating Museum
Hotel Properties Ltd), Coalmyne Ltd,
Museum Apartments, Form Apartments,
Sloe Hand Ltd, Raglan Forestry Limited,
Gilmer Tower, and Dimension Holdings.
Chris was appointed to the New Zealand
Tourism Board in December 2013, and
began his second term in 2017.
Norm Thompson (ONZM) (CFIntD)
Norm Thompson had a long career at Air
New Zealand and held the role of deputy
chief executive prior to his retirement at the
end of 2013.
He is the current deputy chair of Auckland
Tourism, Events and Economic Development
(ATEED), director of Dot Kiwi Ltd,
Queenstown Airport Corporation and Preno
Limited, trustee of the Young Enterprise
Trust Board, and committee member of the
New Zealand Golf Open.
Norm previously chaired the Tourism
Industry Association of New Zealand
(now Tourism Industry Aotearoa),
New Zealand Golf Strategy Group,
Air New Zealand Environment Trust,
and Altitude Engineering.
Norm was appointed to the New Zealand
Tourism Board in December 2013 and his
term ended in June 2017. He is now the
deputy chair of the Government’s Tourism