There are six Directors – an independent Chairman, two independent Directors, two representatives of Opus’ majority Shareholder and the Managing Director, who is non-independent. Together, they chart our course. The gender make-up of the board is two females and five male directors.
Dr David PrenticeManaging Director, Non-Independent and Executive
David was appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive in 2010. He holds a PhD in Engineering from Edinburgh University, and has held leadership roles at all levels of the business, giving him a deep understanding of the Company and a strong awareness of the needs of a professional services consultancy.
He is Chairman of the New Zealand Business Infrastructure Committee. Under David’s leadership, Opus has expanded its strategic investment in core capabilities and business diversification
Qualifications and roles: PhD, BEng, (Hons), FIPENZ, CPEng Chief Executive andManaging Director
Alan IsaacDirector, Independent
Alan has extensive experience in accounting, finance and governance and has been a member of the Opus Board since 2010.
He is currently Chairman of McGrath Nicol and Partners, New Zealand Community Trust, the Audit and Risk Committee of the Department of Corrections, and Chairman and Director of Acurity Health Group Ltd. Alan is a Director of a number of companies, including: Scales Corporation Ltd, Fliway Group Ltd, AKA Investments Ltd, New Zealand Vault Ltd, Selacs Insurance Ltd, Wellington Free Ambulance, Oceania Healthcare (NZ) Ltd, Rakaia Finance Ltd and Rakaia Investments Ltd.
Alan also provided Chairmanship and advisory services to a number of independent committees, and is a former national Chairman of KPMG. Alan was previously President of the International Cricket Council. He was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit
(CNZM) in 2013.
Qualifications: BCA, FCCA, FICS, CNZM Chairman, Audit Committee
Keith WatsonChair and Director, Independent
Keith has been a member of the Opus Board since 2008 and his appointment as Chair took effect on 1 August 2017. Keith provides considerable strategic and executive leadership experience in technology and professional services.
He is currently Managing Director of Hewlett Packard Enterprise New Zealand, a Director of various companies such as Cranleigh Forests Ltd. Keith has previously held senior executive roles with Hewlett Packard in Australia, Asia Pacifi c and at Hewlett Packard corporate headquarters in the United States.
Low Chee YenDirector, Non-Independent and Non-Executive
Low Chee Yen heads the Corporate Planning division of UEM Edgenta Berhad, one of the largest asset management and infrastructure consultancies in the Asia Pacific region, and listed on the Malaysian stock exchange, the Bursa Malaysia.
As Head of Corporate Development, Planning and Strategy at UEM Edgenta Berhad, she spearheads that company's transformation, leads strategic alliance and corporate transactions, and supervises the investor relations function of the company.
Previously she has held finance and investment advisory roles at CIMB Group and KPMG.
Ms Low is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds an economics and finance degree from RMIT University, Australia.
Dato' Azmir MericanDirector, Non-Independent and Non-Executive
Dato' Azmir Merican has been a member of the Opus Board since 2013. He is currently the Managing Director/CEO of UEM Edgenta Bhd.
He started his career as an investment analyst and later worked as a manager in the financial advisory arm of Pricewaterhouse-Coopers. He was part of the team that established CIMB Investment Bank’s private equity business and was involved in fund structuring and fund raising, investment evaluation and structuring and monitoring and execution of divestment plans.
Previously, as Group CEO/Managing Director, he led the successful restructuring of AWC Bhd, a listed entity on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia and a provider of engineering services and integrated facilities management in South East Asia and the Middle East.
Sam KnowlesDirector, Independent
Sam joined Opus as Director on 17 August. Sam is familiar to many in New Zealand as the CEO that established Kiwibank and led it from a start-up to a business with over 700,000 customers and more than 1000 employees.
He’s held senior positions with major banks in Australia and New Zealand and has extensive experience in strategy, organisational capability building, private and public sector governance and innovation.
Sam has been a professional director since 2010 with roles primarily in growth and technology businesses. He is currently a director of NZX listed companies Synlait and Trustpower and some private companies including Partnerslife, Rangatira, Magritek, Umajin, Adminis and Montoux.
Elakumari KantilalDirector, Non-Independent
Elakumari Kantilal joined the Opus Board of Directors as a non-independent director in August 2017.
Elakumari Kantilal has held a number of executive positions and directorships across the investment and consultancy sectors, and is a director of UEM Edgenta Berhad.
She currently holds the position of Director of the Investment Division in Khazanah Nasional Berhad ("Khazanah"), the strategic investment fund of the Goverment of Malaysia. She has been with Khazanah since its establishment in 1994, moving from the position of Senior Manager to Director in 2004.
Ms Kantilal holds a Master of Science in Finance and Accounting from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She has completed executive education at IMD Switzerland and at Harvard's Premier Business Management Programme. She is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.