Setareh is our current Chairman, who joined the Board in 2014.
Setareh helps individuals and organisations find solutions to deliver successful outcomes across projects. Her specialist skillset is to work with large teams managing multiple criteria which fits across the environmental, regulatory, risk and property portfolios of a project. She provides advocacy and advice to deliver sustainable projects.
Setareh has a passion for working with community organisations and to help manage public access to community facilities. She was elected chairperson of the Arena in August 2022.
With an extensive and varied governance portfolio, Setareh considers that the best decisions for businesses arise from good inclusive approach to governance from the board. Setareh is passionate about inclusivity and diversity in the boardroom. Setareh considers best outcomes come from partnerships where the board, senior leaders and staff work together collaboratively. She believes this inclusive approach ensures best asset utilisation assets that drives long term returns whilst managing and minimising the impact on the planet.
Setareh is an advocate for keeping girls in sport with a special interest in water sports, mountain biking, and trail running. She is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys having adventures in the NZ wilderness with family and friends when time permits.
Rex Davy has been a member of the Board since 2004.
As former President of the Waitakere Rugby Football Club, Rex chaired the Club’s Steering Committee to develop The Trusts Arena, and sat on the Waitakere Stadium Development Board. Rex is heavily involved in Auckland Rugby. He was a Coach and Selector for several Auckland and Te Atatu teams, and managed development squads to Argentina, England, and Scotland, as well as several Auckland teams and the New Zealand Barbarians. Rex was also the Auckland Blues Manager, as well as Manager to other Auckland teams from 1996 – 1998.
Rex has been a member and President of the Te Atatu Rotary Club, and was District Chairperson of the Rotary Student Exchange Programme. Before he retired, Rex was a prominent real estate agent in West Auckland. Rex received the NZ Order of Merit Award in 2019 for services to Rugby and the Community.
Anne Walsh has been a member of the Board since 2016, and is on the Remuneration and Nominations Committee.
Following on from her global business experience in growing businesses and brand portfolios for market leading consumer packaged goods companies, Anne qualified in 2015 as a Chartered Director with the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Anne is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Wool Equities Limited and a Vestry member for St Matthew in the City.
In 2016, Anne joined The Trusts Arena Auckland Board to utilise her experience with strategic planning, hospitality, event development, digital and social reach for their changing consumer base.
From 2016-2023, Anne has been involved in Mentoring young Entrepreneurs with Velocity Innovation and the MBA programme with Auckland University, and previously; Lightning LabXX and Venture Up Entrepreneur Programme with AUT and CreativeHQ.
Anne is an active member of ArcAngels, which invests in women entrepreneurs in New Zealand, Global Women and the Institute of Directors New Zealand.
James has been a member of the Board since 2017.
Following on from achievements across the Surveying industry, including establishing the first RICS Regulated Chartered Surveying practice in New Zealand, James is now contributing to several boards as an Independent Company Director, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors global professional assessments team, and providing technical advisory support for the Joint Accreditation Scheme of Australia and New Zealand.
James holds specialist technical knowledge in landlord and tenant law, leasing, leasehold reinstatement practice, defect analysis, technical due diligence, insurance claims, project management, property portfolio management and New Zealand Building Codes and Standards.
Beatrice Faumuinā has been a member of the Board since 2021.
Beatrice has an impressive history as a track and field athlete, representing the nation in discus through five Commonwealth Games, and four Olympic Games. Beatrice was made an Officer of the Order of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2005 for her services to athletics.
After retiring as an Olympic Athlete in 2010, Beatrice became the foundational CEO of the Best Pasifika Leadership Academy and Charitable Foundation, as well as the Head of Department for Talent and People Strategy for ASB.
Between 2015 and 2018, Beatrice’s Trade Commissioner and Consul General role as a New Zealand diplomat in New York, meant New Zealand businesses and the safety of those within the New Zealand-New York Community were supported through her work.
Beatrice has also received such awards as the Sir Peter Blake Leader Award (2013), the World Class NZ Award (2015) and in 2019, Beatrice was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame.
Katie Bhreatnach has been a member of the Board since 2021.
An experienced executive leader in the areas of reputation and risk management, customer and stakeholder relations and people and transformation, with broad-based executive experience including in an ASX100, Fortune 500, start-up and an SOE, in sectors as diverse as food/FMCG, aviation and telecommunications.
Katie is a values-based people leader, and has a deep commitment to diversity, culture and engagement. She has a particular passion for driving a strong and inclusive culture and have a track record of building and leading high performing engaged teams.
Katie has a global perspective gleaned from experience working and studying overseas, coupled with a passion and drive for a strong, successful and sustainable Aotearoa and a desire to ensure her cultural background and heritage are a strong part of her forward journey (and that of her children).
Outside of mahi, for Katie, it is about whānau, being active, and loyal support of the Blues.