Governance Bio
Hetty Van Hale
Appoint Professional

Hetty Van Hale

23 Years
Paid or Unpaid Roles

Interested In:


Private company
Listed company
Incorporated Entity
Government Sector Org
Non Governmental Organisation
Sport & Physical Recreation Orgs
Council Controlled Organisation


Board Member
“26 years governance experience on boards covering a broad industry range. Particular interests include sports and arts governance. Specialist skills in marketing & communications, sponsorship, strategic planning, event management and senior executive management. Experience as board chair and on audit & risk and remuneration & nomination committees.”


Special Interest Groups

Governance Roles


High Performance Sport New Zealand

July 2020 - Present (2 months)

HPSNZ leads the high performance sport system in New Zealand. The organisation targets its investment in national sport organisations to support their high performance programmes and athlete campaigns.


Sky City Queenstown Community Trust

January 2020 - Present (8 months)

Established to provide funds for community and charitable purposes, the SKYCITY Community Trusts are one of the vehicles Sky City uses to ‘put something back’ into the local community. The independent Trusts aim to help local and regional organisations carry out community assistance and development work, focussing on supporting families to thrive and communities to prosper.

Deputy Chair

Three Lakes Cultural Trust

March 2019 - Present (1 years)

The Three Lakes Cultural Trust was established to encourage and support the arts and culture life in the Lakes District in ways that will enrich the quality of life of residents and that will contribute to the cultural, social and economic vitality and resilience of the District.

Deputy Chair

Central Lakes Trust

November 2018 - Present (1 years)

Central Lakes Trust is a charitable trust supporting its community, by granting funds for charitable purposes throughout the Central Lakes district.


Badminton New Zealand

April 2016 - Present (4 years)

Badminton NZ is the national governing body responsible for the promotion and development of badminton throughout New Zealand.

Deputy Chair

Winter Games New Zealand Trust

April 2015 - Present (5 years)

Winter Games NZ is one of the world’s top five winter sports competitions and the only one in the southern hemisphere. Chair of Leverage & Legacy Committee.

Deputy Chair

Snow Sports NZ

July 2013 - September 2019 (6 years)

National sporting organisation representing all New Zealand snow sports and providing pathways from learner to Olympic team for athletes, and coaches. Member of the Board Appointments Panel 2017.


Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust

September 2010 - April 2020 (9 years)

Runs the bi-annual Festival of Colour arts festival and the bi-annual Aspiring Conversations festival of ideas. Chair of the Trust from 2012-2017.


Wanaka Wastebusters

November 2005 - November 2009 (4 years)

Charitable Trust set up to develop and manage recycling services and contracts in Wanaka. Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee; Member of the Strategic Planning Committee.


Mount Aspiring College Foundation

January 1999 - January 2005 (6 years)

Charitable Trust which manages investment funds in order to support the funding requirements of Mt Aspiring College over and above bulk funding.

Executive Committee Member

Tourism NZ Ski Marketing Network

January 1999 - January 2001 (2 years)

Elected representative for Wanaka representing four Wanaka ski areas on the Committee responsible for ski destination marketing to international markets.

Board Member

Lake Wanaka Tourism

January 1997 - January 1999 (2 years)

Elected board member of Lake Wanaka Tourism responsible for the destination marketing of Wanaka. Chair of the marketing sub committee.

Committee Member

Ski Wanaka

January 1995 - January 2001 (6 years)

Co-operative winter marketing group for Wanaka to market all Wanaka ski areas in the North Island and Australia.


The Project Crimson Trust

January 1993 - January 1995 (2 years)

Trust set up to protect Pohutukawa and Rata trees throughout New Zealand. Represented major sponsor Carter Holt Harvey on the Trust Board.

Board Member

The Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre of New Zealand

January 1993 - January 1995 (2 years)

Outdoor adventure education centre set up by Graeme Dingle. Represented major sponsor Carter Holt Harvey on the Trust Board.


The Kuia Moko Trust

January 1992 - August 1993 (1 years)

Charitable Trust which owned a large collection of original paintings by Harry Sangl of many of the last kuia in New Zealand with the moko, gifted by Brierley Investments. Represented Brierley Investments on the Trust.

Executive Roles

Marketing & strategic planning consultant


January 2013 - Present (7 years)

Marketor specialises in working with small businesses to help them develop and implement strategic marketing plans in order to grow their business. Other services offered include strategic planning workshop facilitation, and social media strategy and implementation.

Marketing and Communications Manager

Infinity Investment Group Holdings Ltd

January 2005 - Present (15 years)

Property investment and development company. Responsible for marketing and communications strategy for all Infinity Group companies. Managing internal teams and external consultants the role encompasses marketing, internal and external communications, public relations, sponsorship management and leverage, and large sales events. Reporting to Managing Director as part of the senior executive team.


Van Hale Communications

November 2003 - November 2005 (2 years)

Self-employed providing event management, and consultancy on marketing, communications, sponsorship, public relations, and strategic planning. Main contract was event management for Silverstone Race to the Sky motorsport hillclimb.

Director of Marketing & Communications

Hanmer Clinics Ltd

November 2001 - November 2003 (2 years)

Responsible for marketing and communications strategy for a national group of five alcohol and drug treatment clinics located in Hanmer Springs, Christchurch, Wellington, Tauranga and Auckland.

Marketing Manager - Treble Cone Ski Area

Tourism Holdings Ltd

January 1995 - January 2001 (6 years)

Domestic and international marketing of the ski area.

Communications Manager

Carter Holt Harvey

January 1993 - January 1995 (2 years)

Based at head office, responsible for group-wide internal communications strategy for communication to a staff of over 13,000 located throughout New Zealand and Australia.

Information Manager

Brierley Investments

January 1987 - January 1993 (6 years)

Responsible for setting up, management and marketing of corporate information services including online information; research and information provision to members of the BIL Group, shareholders, brokers, media; online database searching; information centre computerisation.


Institute of Directors in New Zealand

Certificate in Company Direction, Governance

2015 - 2015

The Securities Institute of Australia

Understanding Company Reports; awarded with distinction, Financial accounting

1990 - 1990

Riverina-Murray Institute of Higher Education N.S.W.

Graduate Diploma in Library & Information Science; awarded with distinction., Library & Information Science

1983 - 1985

Victoria University of Wellington

B.A. Linguistics, Linguistics

1974 - 1976