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Board Members

Mike O’Donnell

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

Safety Summit.

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

Infrastructure Panel.