Governance Bio
Leisa Nathan
Appoint Professional

Leisa Nathan

11 Years
Paid or Unpaid Roles
Ngāti Kahu   |   Ngāti Whātua

Interested In:


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


Advisor / Advisory Board
Board Member
Committee Member
“I am passionate about education, community development and property sectors having been involved in these industries for over 15 years. I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience with strengths in strategic planning, financial management and facilitation. As a Chartered Accountant with an auditing background I also have a strong sense of risk management. ”


Special Interest Groups

Governance Roles


Te Matapihi He Tirohanga Mo Te Iwi Trust

December 2017 - Present (3 months)

The object of the Trust is to promote the educational, cultural and social wellbeing of Māori and to alleviate poverty through improved housing outcomes for Māori and the provision of housing initiatives, programmes and services, education, advocacy, and other housing initiatives.

Chairperson - Director

Kahui Tu Kaha (formerly Affinity Services Limited)

April 2015 - Present (2 years)

Kahui Tu Kaha is a not-for-profit organisation providing community mental health & housing services in Auckland. It is a well-established and innovative provider with specialist expertise in providing culturally competent services. Leisa is the Chair of the Finance Committee and also the Chair for the Board of Directors. Kahui Tu Kaha is a Ngati Whatua organisation.


Kapama Limited

August 2009 - Present (8 years)

A Corporate Trustee of Kapama Trust specialising in offshore currency trading transactions. The most recent trading transactions generated a 61% return over a 7 month trading period.


Mahinarangi Limited

July 2007 - Present (10 years)

A property investment company specialising in the purchase and management of properties in Christchurch and Auckland.


Nathan and Pihama Limited

July 2007 - Present (10 years)

A Corporate Trustee for Paratai Trust, a property trading entity. The trading trust has brought and / or sold over 20 properties since its establishment.

Managing Director

Ochre Business Solutions Limited

April 2004 - Present (13 years)

Family owned education business based in Auckland. Educating in excess of 5,000 individuals and mentoring more than 1,000 business owners. The business is the largest contracted facilitator of business education for Te Wananga o Aotearoa, an approved Sorted Facilitator for the Commission of Financial Capability and previously an approved business mentor for Te Puni Kokiri. The organisation also delivers mentoring & facilitation services on behalf of organisations such as Te Whanau o Waipareira Trust, Maori Womens Development Inc and ATEED.


Nathan Whanau Trust

April 2004 - Present (13 years)

The role of this family trust is to hold & manage assets held and distributes income generated to its beneficiaries. The Trust holds assets valued more than $2m.


LNA Limited

March 2003 - Present (15 years)

Director of a holding company with assets that are leased out to various entities generating a net return after tax of 10% on average per year.

Chairperson of Haerenga Committee

Newton Central School

October 2013 - January 2015 (1 years)

A voluntary role for my daughters’ school governing annual school camp for its Maori Immersion Unit directing other volunteers to organise fundraising and managing all logistical operations. Key outcomes included securing 50% funding, meeting budget expectations & successful implementation of logistics & itinerary.


Queen Victoria School

April 2001 - December 2001 (8 months)

A voluntary role for the school I once attended. Provided direction and leadership post the cancellation of the integration schools agreement with the Ministry of Education


Maori Womens Welfare League

July 1997 - June 2000 (2 years)

A voluntary role for the Te Atatu branch which fosters community development & well being.

Executive Roles

Managing Director

Ochre Business Solutions Ltd

April 2004 - Present (13 years)

As the Managing Director, I have effectively managed this business since establishment without the need for external debt or investors. With a team of 15, I have had significant experience in managing all areas of operations from marketing, financial management to human resource management.

Account Manager

New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (previously Trade NZ)

October 2002 - February 2004 (1 years)

Project management of various economic development initiatives for the Maori Enterprise Team. I developed and managed various export networks to attend offshore trade missions. Facilitated first steps to exporting programme and facilitated trade promotions.

Business Analyst / Manager

Waitemata District Health Board

January 2000 - October 2002 (2 years)

Managed all finance and management accounting functions for the Home & Older Adults Department within Community & Disability Service. Reported to senior management and managed 6 other Internal Managers to ensure finance accountabilities are in place. Facilitated finance training to staff.


KPMG Auckland

February 1997 - January 2000 (2 years)

Audited both national and international companies. Provided risk management recommendations to clients and ensured compliance with financial reporting standards. Managed junior staff and trained them.


Te Wananga o Aotearoa

Diploma in Adult Education, Education

2012 - 2012

Te Wananga o Aotearoa

National Certificate in Adult Literacy & Numeracy Education, Education

2011 - 2011

Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand

Chartered Accountant, Accounting

1997 - 2000

University of Auckland

Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce, Commercial Law

1996 - 1996

University of Auckland

Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting

1993 - 1995