Governance Bio
Colin Gardner
Appoint Professional

Colin Gardner

35 Years
Paid or Unpaid Roles

Interested In:


Private company
Listed company
Incorporated Entity
Sport & Physical Recreation Orgs


Advisor / Advisory Board
Board Member
Committee Member
“I'm looking for independent director, trustee or advisory board member roles. Also Audit Committee Chair positions. I have worked with businesses of all shapes and sizes across a broad spectrum of industries and at all stages of development. As an experienced Chartered Accountant I have strong analytical skills and am well able to balance risk with reward.”

Special Interest Groups

Governance Roles

Managing Director

5 New Zealand Registered Private Companies

February 2006 - Present (14 years)

Hospitality, Investment and Property Companies

Independent Director and Audit Committee Chair

RIS Group Limited

June 2015 - February 2016 (8 months)

I was appointed as an independent director of this technology company by a loan holder. At that time the company had encountered significant problems with non-compliance with NZX reporting requirements. In a short space of time I was able to get the company up to date and compliant. Soon after that the company was acquired by the Chow Group and I resigned as a director.

Independent Director

11 New Zealand Registered Private Companies

October 2012 - July 2017 (4 years)

Financial Service Provider Companies (FSPs)

Independent Director and Audit Committee Chair

AFC Group Holdings Limited (formerly Vetilot Limited and Investment Research Group Limited)

March 2011 - June 2015 (4 years)

I was appointed as an independent director of IRG Limited at a time when it was experiencing difficulties in complying with NZX reporting requirements. I was instrumental in helping the company’s financial reporting up to date and compliant. I resigned as a director when the company was taken over by the AFC Group.

Executive Roles

Elected Member of the Corporate Governance Committee


September 2006 - February 2009 (2 years)

This Committee is responsible for the strategic direction of KPMG CIS and for all policies relating to the ongoing management of the firm. Also responsible for the appointment of new partners.

Senior Audit Partner

KPMG CIS based in Moscow, Russia

September 2000 - February 2009 (8 years)

Responsible the oversight of the St Petersburg, Russia and the Almaty, Kazakhstan KPMG CIS practices, Chairman of the KPMG CIS Remuneration Committee and Elected Member of the Partner Selection Panel and the Partner and Senior Manager Development Committee. Also responsible for the international audits of a big portfolio of local and National Russian entities with up to 120,000 employees. Furthermore responsible for the audits of subsidiaries of KPMG's international clients in Russia.

Elected Member of National Policy Committee

KPMG South Africa

August 1990 - August 2000 (10 years)

This Committee is elected by the partners to represent them whilst ensuring that the Firm's Policies and Procedures are complied with. The Policy Committee approves the appointment of New Partners in SA. It also appoints the Chairman of the firm and the Chief Executive Officer. The CEO appoint the Executive Commttee who together manage the practice on a day to basis and report monthly to the Policy Committee.

Regional Managing Partner

KPMG South Africa

August 1990 - August 2000 (10 years)

Responsible for three offices in East London, King Williams Town and Umtata in South Africa in addition to my client responsibilities. Was also a Member of the National Human Resources. Marketing and Partner and Senior Manager Development Committees

Office Managing Partner

Peat Marwick International, South Africa

August 1980 - August 1987 (7 years)

As the appointed Managing Partner of the East London office of Peat Marwick in South Africa I was responsible for establishing and developing this new office from scratch to service Local, National and International clients. In 1987 the first worldwide merger of Big 8 Firms happened and Peat Marwick merged with KMG to ultimately become KPMG.


Public Accountants and Auditors Board - South Africa

Chartered Accountant (SA), Accounting, Auditing and Tax

1979 - 1979

University of Port Elizabeth

CTA/B.Compt Honours, Accounting, Auditing and Tax

1975 - 1975

University of South Africa

Part CTA/B.Compt Honours, Accounting, Auditing and Tax

1969 - 1974