Annual Report 2014

Director profiles


David Kirk

Independent chairman

David is the co-founder and managing partner of Bailador Investment Management, chairman of Hoyts Group Limited, chairman of Kathmandu and a director of Forsyth Barr Limited, and Bailador investee companies SMI Limited, Online Ventures Pty Ltd (trading as SiteMinder) and Viocorp Pty Limited. He is also chairman of Trustees of Sydney Grammar School, and a director of the Sydney Medical School Foundation and FoodShare.

David was the CEO of Fairfax Media from 2005 to 2008. He was also the CEO and managing director of PMP Limited from 2003 to 2005 and the Regional President (Australasia) for Norske Skog from 2000 to 2003.

David worked for Fletcher Challenge Paper and Fletcher Challenge Energy in senior executive roles in New Zealand and Australia from 1995 to 1999. He was chief policy advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1992 to 1994 and was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in London from 1989 to 1991.

David holds a medical doctorate from the University of Otago and a Master of Arts (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) from Oxford University. He is also a Rhodes Scholar.

David lives in Sydney, Australia.

Joanna Perry

Independent director

Joanna has extensive governance experience and is currently the deputy chair of Genesis Energy. Her independent directorships include Kiwi Income Property Trust, The Co-operative Bank, Sport New Zealand, Partners Life and Rowing New Zealand.

She is also board adviser to Tainui Group Holdings, chairman of the Investment Advisory Panel of the Primary Growth Partnership and the chair of the IFRS Advisory Council.

Prior to focusing on her directorships, Joanna was a senior partner in the global audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG. She was a member of the Securities Commission and both chaired the Financial Reporting Standards Board and was a member of the Australian Accounting Standards Board.

Joanna has a Master of Arts in Economics from Cambridge University and is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants in New Zealand. She is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to accounting.

Joanna lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

Gail Hambly


Gail is a senior media executive, currently group general counsel and company secretary of Fairfax Media. Her areas of expertise are law, corporate governance and internal audit and risk. She is part of the Fairfax management team.

Gail is chairman of Copyco Pty, a director of Company B Belvoir, a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre of Media and Communications Law at Melbourne University, a member of the Media and Communications and Privacy Law Committees of the Law Council of Australia and a director of the Story Factory – a not for profit organisation that provides education services with a special focus on disadvantaged children in Sydney.

Gail holds degrees in law, science and economics.

Gail lives in Sydney, Australia.

Paul McCarney

Independent director

Paul is a technology entrepreneur, investor and consultant.

He has many years' experience in technology and digital marketing including co-founding search marketing agency Decide Interactive (acquired by NASDAQ-listed 24/7 Real Media in 2004), and founding digital marketing company Life Event Media (acquired by directory business Sensis in 2011).

Paul is also a director of BTBI TCo, which owns and operates B2B publisher Cirrus Media, and was recently appointed to the board of iiNet.

He lives in Sydney, Australia.

Sam Morgan


Sam was the founder and CEO of Trade Me until 2008. Trade Me was acquired by Fairfax Media in 2006.

Sam is a director of Xero and Visfleet and until July 2014 was a director of Fairfax Media. He is an active software investor and co-founded Kiwi Landing Pad in San Francisco, which aims to help Kiwi companies succeed when expanding into the United States.

Sam is active in his charitable foundation, Jasmine Social Investments. This funds a portfolio of high-impact social ventures in developing countries providing critical services in health, education and livelihoods to the profoundly poor.

Sam lives in Nelson, New Zealand.