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Ph: + 64 9 367 7719
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Level 6, 70 Shortland Street, Auckland
PO Box 1177, AUCKLAND 1140



Bill Wilson Q.C.

Bill is a lawyer with extensive experience in public and private litigation in New Zealand, as well as commercial experience.

Since obtaining a Master of Laws degree from Victoria University of Wellington Bill has worked in the law for more than 40 years, including as a litigation partner in Bell Gully from 1971 to 1996, as a Queen’s Counsel from 1996 to 2007 and as a member of the Waitangi Tribunal from 1986 to 1995. In the commercial sector, he was a director of Air New Zealand and chaired the Board of Visa New Zealand Limited.

Bill was appointed as a Judge directly to the Court of Appeal of New Zealand in 2007 and the following year was appointed to the Supreme Court of New Zealand. He resigned from that Court in 2010 to practise as an arbitrator, mediator and legal adviser.

Bruce Sheppard

Bruce is a practising chartered accountant and co-founded Gilligan Sheppard in 1985. For over 25 years he has been advising clients on issues relating to tax, business optimisation, succession planning and risk and capital management.

Bruce has also been a long term supporter of shareholders and investors and founded the New Zealand Shareholders Association in 2001 and was chairman until stepping down in 2010. He was appointed to the Financial Markets Authority Establishment board and remained as an Associate Member of the board of the Financial Markets Authority (the FMA) until 2014. He is a well-known champion of the “little guy”.

He has experience in all aspects of the capital markets in NZ including the functioning of regulators, listed and private companies and market intermediaries. He regularly lectures now on investing principles, governance and economic issues, as well as participating both publicly and privately in significant policy setting.

Bruce also has a number of commercial and governance roles and is currently involved with a number of private companies as a shareholder, and or director. Bruce has a B.Com from the University of Auckland.

Jonathan Woodhams
Executive Director

Jonathan has a background in both the corporate and legal sectors. He spent a number of years practising commercial, banking and insolvency law at firms including Russell McVeagh in Auckland and Slaughter and May in London. He also has extensive experience in both public and private companies, as general counsel and in running commercial operations. Jonathan completed his LLB/Bcom at the University of Auckland.

Phil Newland
Founding Director

Phil founded LPF in 2009. He is a private New Zealand investor with extensive business experience in Australia and New Zealand. Phil also has public and private company directorial experience in both New Zealand and Australia, and is currently a director of various private companies including Les Mills Holdings Limited.

Phil previously practised as a commercial/ corporate lawyer with Russell McVeagh. Phil has a BCA/LLb from Victoria University of Wellington and a Masters of Science Degree (Property Finance) from New York University.

Michael Stiassny

Michael has widespread experience in all matters financial. He has a 40 year strong background in financial consultancy and is a prominent strategic advisor.  He is a leading corporate governance practitioner and advocate for sustainability practices.  Michael completed his Bcom/LLB at the University of Auckland.

Michael is currently Chairman of Vector Limited, Tower Limited and Ngati Whatua Orakei Whai Rawa Ltd, as well as a director of a number of public and private companies. Michael is a Fellow and past president of The Institute of Directors in New Zealand (Inc.) (FInstD) and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.