Corporate Governance

The Board of Rakon Limited is committed to conducting business in the right way and maintaining the highest standards of corporate behaviour and accountability. Rakon’s Board regularly reviews the corporate governance framework and supports best practice reporting.

The Board has delegated a number of its responsibilities to committees to assist in the execution of the Board’s responsibilities. These are:

  • Audit and Risk Committee: Lorraine Witten (Chair), Bruce Irvine and Keith Watson.
  • People Committee (addressing Remuneration and Nomination matters): Keith Oliver (Chair), Bruce Irvine and Lorraine Witten.

View the Corporate Governance Report 2020 >

Meet our Board of Directors

Bruce Irvine

Chair and Non-Executive Director

Appointed to Board 18 November 2005 and last elected at 2018 annual meeting.

Bruce was Managing Partner of Deloitte Christchurch from 1995 until his retirement in 2007 to focus on his director roles.

Bruce is a professional director with extensive experience across a wide range of industries. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors, as well as an Accredited Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

He is currently Chair of Heartland Bank Limited, Market Gardeners Limited and Skope Industries Limited. He is also a director of Scenic Hotel Group Limited, House of Travel Holdings Limited and a number of other private companies.

Bruce is involved in a voluntary capacity as a Trustee of Christchurch Symphony Trust.

Brent Robinson

Executive Director

Appointed to Board 5 November 1991 and last elected at 2019 annual meeting.

Brent has worked at Rakon for 42 years and has been CEO / Managing Director since 1986, during which time Rakon has established global operations and markets. In his capacity as Chief Technology Officer, Brent drives the business' technology and innovation.

Under Brent’s leadership Rakon has grown into a global business and a recognised leader in the frequency control product industry.

Brent is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand. He was awarded the New Zealand Hi-Tech Trust Flying Kiwi Award in 2011.

Lorraine Witten

Non-Executive Director

Appointed to Board in 10 March 2017 and last elected at 2020 annual meeting.

Lorraine is a professional director with extensive experience in technology and Information Communications Technology (ICT) sectors, as well as competence in strategy and entrepreneurship. She is a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and has more than 25 years’ experience in senior management and finance roles, including as past General Manager of Telecom Mobile from 1997 to 2001.

Lorraine is a director of TIL Logistics Group Limited, Horizon Energy Group and Pushpay Holdings Limited. She is also Chair of Simply Security Limited, a company she founded in 2007, and Chair of vWork Limited.

Lorraine is a past Chair of Kordia Group Limited and a past board member of New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, among others. She is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

Lorraine holds a Bachelor of Management Studies with First Class Honours from the University of Waikato.

Yin Tang Tseng

Non-Executive Director

Appointed to Board 10 March 2017 and last elected at the 2020 annual meeting.

Yin Tang (Tony) is the current Chair of Siward Crystal Technology Co. Limited, a substantial shareholder (16.6%) in Rakon.

Tony has more than 30 years of experience in the frequency control product industry, having founded Siward in 1988 and grown the company to become one of the leaders in the industry globally, with revenue of US$100+ million.

Tony is a director of Securitag Assembly Group Limited.

Keith Oliver

Non-Executive Director

Appointed to Board 10 March 2017 and last elected at the 2020 annual meeting.

Keith is a professional director and a business advisor with Alto Capital, where he is also a director. He is a past director of a range of NZ technology companies operating in international markets in Asia, Europe and the Americas, several of which he has been a founder and investor in.

Keith is currently Executive Chair of Blackhawk Tracking Systems Limited, and a director of Wellington Drive Technologies Limited.

Keith holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland.

Keith Watson

Non-Executive Director

Appointed to Board 21 September 2018 and last elected at 2019 annual meeting.

Keith is a professional director with substantial experience in the technology and engineering sectors. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and has over 30 years’ experience in senior VP and executive roles, including positions with Hewlett Packard in North America, Asia and New Zealand. He was Managing Director of Hewlett Packard, New Zealand from 2004 to 2016. Keith has governance, management and leadership experience in companies across the Asia Pacific region, the Americas, Central Europe, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

He has previously chaired Opus International Consultants Limited and is a past board member of the New Zealand Technology Industry Association (NZTech) and the University of Auckland Business School.

Keith is currently Chair of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER), and a director of Acumen Trust Limited, Acumen Republic Limited, Counties Power Limited, ECL Group Limited and Complete 3D.

Steve Tucker

Non-Executive Director

Appointed to Board 1 October 2021.

Steve is a professional director with extensive governance and senior executive experience in the technology sector. Steve is Chair of Gallagher Holdings Limited and Goodnature Limited, and a director of HJ Asmuss and Co Ltd, Taska Prosthetics Limited, 5th Element Limited and Purpose Capital Impact Fund. He is also Chair of Primary Growth Partnership Caprine Innovations NZ Programme.

He was previously a director of publicly listed Methven Limited, a councillor of Waikato Institute of Technology and trustee of St Peter’s School, Cambridge. Steve has over 20 years’ senior management experience including as Deputy Chief Executive at Gallagher.

Steve is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has a Bachelor of Management Studies from University of Waikato and has attended the Executive Management Program at Darden University in the USA.

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