Pro-Chancellor Dame Therese Walsh DNZM

Dame Therese Walsh is an independent director and is currently chairman of TVNZ Ltd, a director of Air NZ Limited and ASB Bank Limited, and a trustee of Wellington Regional Stadium.


Previously she was the Head of New Zealand for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and the Chief Operating Officer for Rugby New Zealand 2011 Limited, the company established to deliver the Rugby World Cup Tournament in 2011. She has also been a Director of New Zealand Cricket and Save the Children New Zealand, NZX Limited, and chairman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s International Advisory Panel. Before a career in governance she was the Chief Financial Officer at the New Zealand Rugby Union and part of the team that worked on the winning bid to host Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand. Her career started as an auditor at KPMG.

Therese is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a commerce graduate from Victoria University of Wellington. In 2013, she was named the inaugural supreme winner of the Women of Influence Awards and was awarded a Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership Award in 2014. She became a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in June 2015.

Dame Therese was re-elected as Pro-Chancellor to a further one year term from 1 January 2019.

Current term

1 January 2016–31 December 2019

Number of previous terms