Meet Our New Committee Members

Meet Our New Committee Members

Richard Dean – President
Prior to his retirement in early 2022, Richard had a long and broad-ranging career in administration, general management and governance in the New Zealand financial services sector, serving 32 years with various companies in Insurance and Banking industry roles. In 2008 he joined the Reserve Bank of New Zealand where he served 14 years in leading roles involved with the development of prudential legislation, and the delivery and implementation of financial supervision of the Insurance and Banking sectors. He retired from the Reserve Bank in early 2022.
In addition to his employed roles, Richard has also been significantly involved in governance and administration of financial sector industry bodies at local, national and international levels. He has led New Zealand’s representation on international Insurance and Banking associations and regulatory bodies. He has ongoing involvement in governance, trustee, and chairmanship roles of “not for profit” organisations, and various incorporated societies and charitable trusts.  Richard lives in Wellington with his wife Sheryl.

Mazz Sannell – Vice President
Mazz Scannell’s first career was teaching followed by many years of business experience with clients ranging from big corporates, to government and SMEs. The technical skills and business knowledge gained in Human Resources, Personal Development, Event Planning and Management means that Mazz has a diverse skill set including: skilled project coordinator and manager, capable of managing complex programs & multiple projects simultaneously. Proven track record of successful product & project introductions & implementations. Most importantly Mazz is a relationship builder with individuals and teams.
She has graduated twice from Victoria University (Education and Psychology) and more recently from Massey University with a Masters in Journalism and Communication with distinction.
Mazz’s attitude can be described as someone who gets on with it. She likes to make things happen. Instead of getting bogged down by the problems, she stays focused on the solutions. 
Outside of work, she has had extensive experience in governance with voluntary organisations; as Member of the Board of Trustees Wellington College, President of the Wellington College “College Mothers”, President of the Friends of the Wellington Botanic Garden, as well as serving on numerous school boards.

Colleen Restieaux
Colleen is a Wellingtonian, former primary school teacher and principal, now enjoying new opportunities that retirement from full time work offers.
She is currently a coordinator with Doc Edge, a not-for-profit annual international documentary film festival.
Colleen does some voluntary work, primarily as a volunteer and supervisor of the Wellington City Ambassador Program, run by WellingtonNZ and i-SITE.
Her interests include travel (mainly pre covid), arts, culture, especially diversity, similarity and social change. And, of course, museums!
Regular coffee and catching up with friends over food, random reading and Tai Chi are important aspects of life too.
Colleen believes that communication, collaboration and openness to change are important aspects of life for our times.

Dr. Daniel Laufer
Dan is an Associate Professor of Marketing, and a former Head of School at Victoria University of Wellington. His area of expertise is Crisis Management, and he has been working in academia for over 20 years. Dan has taught Crisis Management courses at leading business schools around the world. Prior to starting his academic career, he worked in consulting as a senior consultant at PwC, and a manager at KPMG in the USA. He moved to New Zealand in 2012 from the USA. Dan has published articles in leading managerial and academic journals about his research. He has written on a wide range of topics related to Crisis Management including the psychology of blame, crisis contagion, and the role of the CEO as a spokesperson during a crisis.
In addition to conducting research in the area of Crisis Management, Dan has written extensively on the topic in the media. He has written a monthly column on Crisis Management for the New Zealand Herald and Stuff, and provided commentary for the Wall Street Journal’s “Crisis of the Week” column in the USA. He is currently a columnist for NBR. He has also taught workshops on Crisis Management in New Zealand to board members for the Institute of Directors, and to mayors for Local Government New Zealand.
In addition to his great appreciation for New Zealand Art, Dan has been involved in activities relating to the sector. As a former Head of School, Dan chaired a review of the Museum and Heritage programme at Victoria University of Wellington, and his students worked on course projects with the New Zealand Portrait Gallery and Wellington Museum.

Ros Fogel
Wellington-born Rosalene (Ros) Fogel works for Victoria University of Wellington as the Senior Fundraising Manager responsible for Bequests and Special Projects. Her role includes helping raise funds for the New Zealand School of Music – Te Kōkī, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery and Wai-te-ata Press to grow support for their various programmes. After graduating in 1999 from Whitireia Polytechnic with a diploma in publishing, Ros went on to work as Publishing Manager for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, followed by Senior Marketing Advisor at Housing New Zealand.
Her active involvement in music led to a fundraising role for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra. She is a member of the Orpheus Choir of Wellington and has served on the Board and committee. A keen photographer, hiker, golfer, and baker Ros also enjoys year round ocean swimming.