Governance Bio
Joanna Lusk
Appoint Professional

Joanna Lusk

1 Year
Paid or Unpaid Roles

Interested In:


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


Advisor / Advisory Board
Board Member
Committee Member
Company Secretary
“I am a Financial Executive with key knowledge and interest in the Healthcare sector. I am looking for board roles where I can provide guidance and assistance in these areas. I also have a keen interest in the Arts and Heritage sectors.”


Governance Roles

Trustee / Board Member

New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders

October 2014 - Present (3 years)

NZORD provides support, resources, advocacy and engaging in policy matters that affect the health of all New Zealanders.

Trustee / Board Member

Spark Centre of Creative Development

January 2013 - Present (5 years)

Executive Roles

Finance Manager

Waitemata District Health Board

January 2012 - Present (6 years)

Waitemata DHB is responsible for providing health needs to a population of approximately 560,000 people living in North and West Auckland. Responsibilities: • Take overall financial responsibility for the financial performance of a service group (currently Child, Womens and Family Service) including: • Oversaw the financial requirements for the service of $110m per annum including preparation, management and reporting of annual budgets • Act as the point of contact between corporate support services (decision support Group) and the General Manager of the service • Support The General Manager, Operations Managers and Clinical Leaders in matters of financial strategy and business risk • Analyse trends in cost and revenue, productivity outputs, and facilitate service planning around these trends • Assist in the development and implementation of business cases and service development, especially with regards to full costing and risk assessments • Oversee Asset Management for the Service • Support and Develop management capabilities in colleagues, specifically in areas relating to financials, contracts and strategic planning. • Provide training to staff where required Achievements: • Took on overall DHB Performance KPI reporting responsibilities with regards to analysing and national Hospital Quality and Productivity Report, and reporting to the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) on findings. • Identified and implemented annual savings programme of $4.9m for the 2012/13 financial year, which is currently on track to realise 80% of identified savings.

Finance Manager, NZ

Royal District Nursing Service

July 2009 - December 2011 (2 years)

The Royal District Nursing Service New Zealand is a not-for-profit charitable organisation providing healthcare assistance to people in their own homes. Responsibilities: • Coached and mentored 2 direct reports by providing regular performance reviews, team meetings and training initiatives • Oversaw the financial requirements for the organisation of $4.5m per annum including preparation and management of annual budgets • Managed full banking, reporting, tax, business analysis, asset and payroll functions • Attended and actively contributed to board meetings setting the agenda and taking and circulating minutes • Led key implementation strategies for localised IT requirements overseeing service issues for internal customers • Member of the Service Development Group discussing the strategic plan and service specifications of providers during monthly meetings alongside competitors and funders • Coordinated and championed annual audits providing financial information to auditors and delivering final reports to the board • Reviewed and re-negotiated supplier agreements, liaising with lawyers to develop robust and cost effective outcomes • Contributed to HR functions including the review of personal grievances to achieve resolutions prior to mediation Achievements: • Successfully identified and implemented a new Communications provider ensuring this interfaced with the wider offshore systems including review of all hardware, software, maintenance plans and future upgrades • Selected as the representative for 4 external health providers on the ADHB InterRAI Steering Group to promote a cohesive national assessment approach • Achieved cost savings by active review of supplier agreements in telecommunications and print, identifying new suppliers to save up to $40k per annum on each contract • Consistently achieved successful results at annual audits through thorough preparation of all financial reports and information

Corporate Accountant

Affco New Zealand Limited

November 2007 - July 2009 (1 years)

AFFCO New Zealand Limited produces meat products for local and international markets. Responsibilities and Achievements: • Prepared monthly, quarterly and annual reports including trial balances, executive, board and market reports • Filed and prepared all tax, GST and PAYE returns in addition to statutory reporting for local and overseas subsidiaries in the UK and US • Oversaw adjustments for provisions and accruals including electricity hedging, unrealised profit, transfer pricing, deferred tax and leases • Provided support to treasury management including preparation of FX and money market transactions and hedging • Contributed to budgeting and management reports • Undertook a review of all Fixed assets and CAPEX data to ensure accurate listing of equipment providing a detailed report to the CEO


Neuren Pharmaceuticals Limted

July 2005 - December 2007 (2 years)

Neuren Pharmaceuticals Limited is a biopharmaceutical company developing drugs for brain injury and neurodegeneration. Responsibilities and Achievements: • Drafted final reports and prepared monthly, quarterly and year end accounts to trial balance • Managed all tax and statutory reporting requirements for the global network including preparation and filing of the returns • Oversaw payroll functions including reporting and budget control


Endace Group

June 2004 - July 2005 (1 years)

Endace provides network solutions with a specialisation in high-speed, lossless packet capture to local and global organisations. Responsibilities and Achievements: • Prepared all accounting and administration reports including trial balance and daily accounting functions • Reconciled and prepared the general ledger for local and international subsidiaries throughout the UK and US • Contributed to the review of capital raising opportunities following the organisations listing on the stock exchange • Managed multi-currency accounts throughout New Zealand, Australia, UK, US and Singapore


Massey University

BA, Classics

2005 - 2012

Massey University

GradDipAccy, Accounting

2009 - 2011

Massey University

BBs, Finance

2004 - 2008