Summerset has an experienced Board with a diverse range of skills and experience. The Board is responsible for supervising and directing the management of the company, guiding the strategic direction of Summerset and ensuring strong corporate governance.
Chair, Independent | BA (Hons 1st), MPhil (Econ)
Rob is the Chair of the Board. He has over 30 years’ experience as a director and an investor.
He is currently the Chair of SKYCITY Entertainment Group, WEL Group, Tourism Holdings and director of Precinct Properties NZ.
Rob is also an investor and director of a number of substantial private companies and is a director of, or an advisor to, a number of private investment funds.
Rob has been Chair of Summerset since 2011, when he was appointed to Summerset to lead its listing on the NZX.
Dr Marie Bismark
Independent | MBChB, LLB, MBHL, MPH, MD, FAICD, FAFPHM, MPsych
Marie is Chair of Summerset’s Clinical Governance Committee. She holds degrees in law, medicine, bioethics and public health, and has completed a Harkness Fellowship in Healthcare Policy at Harvard University.
Marie works as a psychiatry registrar with Melbourne Health, and as an Associate Professor at Melbourne University.
Her research focuses on patients' rights, quality of care, and medical regulation. Marie is an experienced company director, serving on the boards of GMHBA Health Insurance and on the Veterans' Health Advisory Panel.
Marie has been a director of Summerset since 2013.
Independent | MBA, BA
Venasio-Lorenzo is the Chief Customer Officer at Contact Energy and an Advisory Board Member at the Auckland University of Technology. He has also recently completed a term as a Future Board Director for The Warehouse Group.
Venasio-Lorenzo’s previous directorships and trustee positions include the Electricity Retailers Association of NZ Electricity, Gas Complaints Commission (now Utilities Disputes), Loyalty New Zealand and Workbase.
He has held senior executive positions at ASB Group and at IAG in both New Zealand and the UK and has worked across a wide variety of areas including strategy, finance, IT, pricing, data analytics, digital technology, culture and brand.
Venasio-Lorenzo holds an MBA and BA from Steinbeis University in Germany and has studied at the Darden School of Business via Virginia State University.
Venasio-Lorenzo has been a director of Summerset since 2020.
Independent | BCA (Hons 1st), FCA, CFinstD, INFINZ (Cert)
James is the Chair of Summerset’s Audit Committee. He is a director of Vista Group International and Foundation Life (NZ). James is also the Chair of the Investment Committee of Pencarrow Private Equity.
James has had a career as an investment banker, including six years as Country Manager for Macquarie Bank and five years as a director of Credit Suisse First Boston. He also worked in the New Zealand dairy industry for eight years in chief executive and finance roles.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration with First Class Honours and is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).
James has been a director of Summerset since 2011 when he was appointed to Summerset prior to its listing on the NZX.
Independent | GradDipBusStuds, CMinstD
Gráinne is Chair of Summerset’s Nomination and Remuneration Committee. She is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and is also a director of Tourism Holdings and Investore Property.
Gráinne is a professional director with many years’ experience in senior executive roles. She was General Manager, Corporate Services at SKYCITY Entertainment Group and Managing Director of McDonald’s Restaurants (NZ). She also held senior management roles with Coopers and Lybrand (now PwC) and HR Consultancy Right Management.
Gráinne has vast expertise in operating customer-focused businesses in highly competitive sectors. She has also spent many years as a trustee and Chair in the not-for-profit sector, including having been the Chair of Ronald McDonald House Charities New Zealand for five years.
Gráinne has been a director of Summerset since 2016.
Independent | BCom, FCA, CFInstD, MAICD, ACIS, FNZIM
Anne is the Chair of Summerset’s Development and Construction Committee. She is a professional director with experience in a diverse range of sectors including construction, health, infrastructure, telecommunications, regulation and financial services.
She is the Deputy Chair of Southern Response Earthquake Services, and a director of Precinct Properties New Zealand, Tilt Renewables and Steel & Tube Holdings. Her other directorships include City Rail Link and Cigna Life New Zealand.
Anne is a former director of Chorus and a former Chair of national commercial construction group Naylor Love Enterprises and of the New Zealand Blood Service.
Anne is a Chartered Accountant with experience in senior finance management roles in addition to her governance roles.
Anne has been a director of Summerset since 2014.
Dr Andrew Wong
Independent | BHB, MBChB, MPH
Andrew is the Managing Director of HealthCare Holdings, a private healthcare investment company. He is qualified as a specialist medical practitioner with a Masters in Public Health and a Fellowship of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine.
Andrew has extensive experience in strategic planning, business development, and leadership gained over a 30-year career in public and private health both in New Zealand and overseas.
He is the director of a number of companies through his HealthCare Holdings role, including Auckland Radiation Oncology, MercyAscot hospitals, Kensington Hospital and Mercy Radiology. He has held government appointments with Health Workforce New Zealand and the Health Innovation Hub as well as sitting on the Executive of the New Zealand Private Hospitals Association. Andrew is also an Adjunct Professor of AUT.
Andrew has been a director of Summerset since 2017.