Former Chorus boss joins HNZ Board

Amy Adams

Wellington, August 11, 2017

Mark Ratcliffe will join the Housing New Zealand Corporation Board.

As New Zealand’s biggest landlord, Housing New Zealand has an important role in providing safe, warm social housing that’s the right size and in the right place for those in need.

Vital role

The Board plays a vital part in the strategic direction of Housing New Zealand, and I welcome Mr Ratcliffe’s commercial and senior executive expertise which will be a real asset to the Housing New Zealand Board.

Mr Ratcliffe stepped down as the Chief Executive and Managing Director of Chorus earlier this year, after ten years in leadership roles with Chorus. Prior to that he held a number of senior operational and service delivery executive roles with Telecom.

His time in the telecommunication industry puts Mr Ratcliffe in good stead for understanding highly-distributed assets. He brings extensive senior management experience in large-scale operational and service delivery businesses, and will add significant business management acumen to the Board.

Other roles

He currently sits on the Board of First Gas, and previously held governance roles with the New Zealand Initiative and the Telecommunications Carriers Forum.

Mr Ratcliffe’s term began on August 7, 2017 and will end on June 30, 2020.

About Mark Ratcliffe

Mark Ratcliffe has worked for more than 25 years in the telecommunications industry. Mark was the CEO and Managing Director of Chorus Limited, a top twenty listed company in New Zealand, since its demerger from Telecom New Zealand (now Spark Limited) in 2011 until February 2017.

He was Chief Executive of Chorus since 2008 when it was part of Telecom. Earlier roles at Telecom including Chief Operating Officer, Technology & Wholesale and Chief Information Officer.

Prior to telecommunication, Mark worked in senior accounting, IT, project management and consulting roles in England and New Zealand. Mark holds a Bachelor of Accounting, Huddersfield University, England. He is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Amy Adams is Housing New Zealand Minister.

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