Governance Bio
Greg Batkin
Appoint Professional

Greg Batkin

Location
Auckland
Experience
18 Years
Remuneration
Paid or Unpaid Roles

Interested In:

Organisations

Private company
Listed company
Incorporated Entity
Charity
Community Group
Government Sector Org
Council Controlled Organisation

Roles

Director
Chairperson
Advisor / Advisory Board
Trustee
Board Member
“I bring to any board financial and commercial experience gained at highest levels in the New Zealand business environment. I have a desire to assist organisations with which I’m involved to achieve their potential. I apply strategic analysis and thinking with real world application to problem solving to arrive at practical and pragmatic solutions. ”
Experience
Memberships

Professional

Special Interest Groups

Governance Roles

Trustee

Middlemore Clinical Trials Trust

September 2016 - Present (11 months)

I am a trustee of Middlemore Clinical Trials which is a charitable trust formed to carry out commercial and grant funded drug trials. The trust's operation is located at Middlemore Hospital with a partner agreement that allows it to access experienced investigators over a wide range of therapeutic indications.

Director

Safer Sleep

May 2010 - Present (7 years)

I am a director of Safer Sleep, a medical IT business that operates in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Chairman

Bromley Park Hatcheries

January 1996 - Present (21 years)

I am currently Chairman of the board of directors (have been a director for more than twenty years) of Bromley Park Hatcheries, a substantial private company in the poultry breeding industry, majority owned by interests associated with my family. The company currently employs over 160 people and has activities in both the North and South Islands of New Zealand, and is headquartered in South Auckland. In addition to supplying customers in New Zealand, the company exports to approximately 17 countries including China, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, USA, and Vietnam and a number of the Pacific Islands.

Executive Roles

Chief Investment Officer

Hellaby Holdings

August 2010 - May 2016 (5 years)

I was until recently Chief Investment Officer for Hellaby Holdings, a diversified industrial holding and investment company listed on NZX with a market capitalisation of circa NZ$300m. My responsibilities in this role include leading the origination, review and execution of all major investments (for example the acquisition of Contract Resources Ltd for an EV of NZ$116m) and divestments (for example the sale of Elldex Packaging to Coveris, the 5th largest flexible packaging business in the world), assisting with major capital raisings ($28 million rights issue in 2010 and $50 million placement/ SPP in 2013) and leading the strategic planning process across all Hellaby subsidiaries (at the time circa 14) which cover or have covered automotive parts, flexible packaging, heavy equipment, oil and gas services, and footwear retail industries.

Director, Investment Banking

Craigs Investment Partners

March 2003 - August 2010 (7 years)

I joined Craigs Investment Partners in 2003 from ABN AMRO’s investment banking team to head its Mergers and Acquisitions business. In this role I was responsible for leading teams of professionals originating and executing mergers, acquisitions, takeovers and IPO’s, placements and capital raisings with a range of NZSX listed and unlisted businesses. In the course of conducting these transactions, or as a precursor to a transaction, I often provided commercial or strategic advice. During the course of transactions I had extensive interaction with directors and senior management of client companies. Prior joining Craigs Investment Partners, the company had not been active in the mergers and acquisitions and corporate advice market, and did not have an investment banking team based in Auckland. I was responsible for developing the company’s presence and reputation in this market, and recruiting investment banking team members. I advised clients undertaking a range of transactions across a wide variety of sectors including health, FMCG, energy, property, infrastructure, air travel, genetics. Highlights included advising Bacardi - Martini on its takeover offer for NZSX listed company 42 Below, advising the board of King Country Energy in respect of a takeover offer from Todd Energy, advising ABANO Healthcare in respect of takeover offers from Masthead and Crescent Capital, advising Wellington City Council in respect of a number of matters relating to its minority shareholding in Wellington International Airport and its relationship with majority shareholder Infratil and executing the placement of 20% of ABANO Healthcare for Crescent Capital.

Associate Director - Director

ABN AMRO

August 1997 - March 2003 (5 years)

I joined ABN AMRO NZ (then BZW) in 1997 as an Associate Director, Investment Banking. In this role Iwas initially responsible for executing investment banking transactions. As ABN AMRO’s investment banking presence in New Zealand expanded, I assumed responsibility for co-ordinating ABN AMRO’s origination efforts in the energy sector, with a particular focus on the electricity, along with a broader responsibility for origination of transactions in other sectors. Highlights included advising the NZ Government on the commercial viability of Waikato Interim Development Group (now Mighty River Power) during the break up of Electricity Corporation of New Zealand, advising Central Electric Ltd on the sale of its lines business, during the separation of lines and energy business in 1998, advising Alliant Energy of a variety of transactions over a four year period and advising Fonterra on the sale of New Zealand Dairy Foods to Rank Group.

Graduate - Associate Director

Westpac Banking Corporation

April 1984 - August 1997 (13 years)

I joined Westpac Merchant Finance as a university graduate and was initially involved in junior roles on the execution of a variety of investment banking transactions. I was promoted through a number of levels with in the organisation and following the amalgamation of the operations of Westpac Merchant Finance with its parent Westpac Banking Corporation assumed responsibility for its tax based and structured finance activities and lead investment in excess of NZ$500m of redeemable preference shares and similar instruments. Other highlights include underwriting the Air New Zealand initial public offering, and being seconded to Westpac’s investment banking operation in Melbourne and playing a senior role in advising Electricity de France (the world’s largest electricity utility) and Tractabel on their respective bids for United Energy (sold for A$1.55bn) and Solaris Power (A$950m) in the privatisation process undertaken by the government of Victoria.

Education

Stanford University, California

Executive Program in Strategy and Organisation, Commerce

2015 - 2015

Auckland University

Master of Business Administration, Commerce

1993 - 1994

Auckland University

Bachelor of Arts, Economics

1981 - 1984