Wayne Brown

Former Head of Auckland District Health Board, now Mayor of the Far North.

A consulting engineer by profession, Wayne’s business interests are far more diverse than that. He is Chairman of Transmission Holdings Ltd – Government SOE owning Broadcast Communications Ltd (BCL) in NZ and THLA in Australia – the largest providers of free to air broadcast services in radio and TV in both countries. He was the Chairman of Auckland District Health Board, and has currently been elected Mayor of Northland and is developing a residential subdivision in Keri Keri.

A consulting engineer by profession, Wayne’s business interests are far more diverse than that. He is Chairman of Transpower Ltd, the Government SOE that operates the national electricity grid, which requires sustained upgrading to provide the resilient grid that all NZ’ers expect but which we don’t currently have. He was the Chairman of Auckland District Health Board where a huge $100m operating deficit was removed during his term and the new $500m hospital building project completed on time and in budget. ADHB is a $1.2bn business with 8000 staff and a huge product range. He was founding Chairman of Kordia which provides NZ’s free to air TV signals and most of the radio signal that we listen to, as well as running a $100m telecommunications contracting business in Australia. He is the owner of Waahi Paraone Ltd, Brown Properties Est. 1982, property developers with projects in Kerikeri, Kaitaia and Mangonui. He is the Chairman of Coastlines Group of Companies which manufactures and distributes surf clothing and associated products in NZ, UK and the EU. He has been a regular columnist for the Sunday Star Times. He is a director of a property development company in Russia and part owner of Neva News, an English newspaper published in St Petersburg. From 1999-2002 Wayne was Chairman of Vector Ltd. He was appointed post Auckland CBD power failure, restored power, completed tunnel contract on time and budget and reversed $130m loss into 3 years record reliability with record profits and record staff safety. In 2002 Wayne was appointed Chairman of Tairawhiti District Health Board (Gisborne) to single handedly sort out their problems after the Minister of Health sacked the previous board following a series of scandals and clinical failures. From 1992-2000 he was Chairman of Northland District Health Board. The results of Northland Health since his involvement are testimony to his ability to focus on the real issues and to ensure both productivity and profitability are enhanced. In 2004 Wayne was the first New Zealand invitee to Georgetown University (Washington DC) Leadership Conference. Wayne has always been involved in his local community and was the founding Chairman of Northland Horticulture Cadet Scheme, training 200 young people in unfunded jobs and was the founder of Tai Tokerau Technical Training Trust which paid for young Northlanders to attend tertiary courses. He is a previous orchardist, High School Board Member and for 5 years until 2000 was the President of Surfing NZ, member of the International Surfing Association Board (40 countries) and is a Life Member of NZ Surfing. In 2006 he was elected Mayor of the Far North. Wayne likes to challenge his audiences to think outside the norm and to truly consider how and why they operate the way they do. Above all, he believes it is imperative to maintain a balance in all things – and demonstrates this by ensuring he pursues his love of surfing on a regular basis. He has recently released his book ‘The Five Minute MBA’ according to Wayne Brown. It's punchy, no nonsense advice, illustrated with take-no-prisoners examples from his career.


• Global Perspective in Business
• Leadership/Management
• Business recovery
• Change Management
• Life Balance