Bill Birnie, Managing Director of Birnie Capital Limited, Chairs the Far North Holdings’ Board.
He has over 30 years of investment banking experience, holds a Bachelor of Laws and was formerly a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.
Bill held the position of Chief Executive and Director of investment bankers Fay, Richwhite, with offices in Auckland, Wellington, Melbourne, Sydney and London from 1980 until the late 1990s.
He is the Chairman of The KidsCan Charitable Trust, Director of the New Zealand Racing Board, Trustee of The Pet Refuge Charitable Trust and a Member of the New Zealand Screen Production Grants Verification Panel.
Bill has held a number of Government appointments including Deputy Chairman of Sport New Zealand, Chairman of Sport New Zealand’s Audit, Finance and Risk Committee, Deputy Chairman of High Performance Sport New Zealand, and Deputy Chairman of the New Zealand Film Commission. He has held the positions of Chairman and Director of ENZA, Director of the NZ Warriors Rugby League Franchise, Member of The Screen Council of New Zealand, Commissioner of the Hillary Commission, and Trustee of the James Wallace Arts Trust. He was also a Director of Equestrian Sports New Zealand, from which he received an Honorary Life Membership.
Bill was also a Founding Trustee of the Wellington Stadium Trust and was Deputy Chairman of the then government-owned Post Office Bank, before its sale to the ANZ Banking Group.
Bill received a Companion of the New Zealand Order or Merit for his services to Governance, The Arts and Sport in the 2018 New Years’ Honours.