Chancellor John Allen

John Allen assumed the Chancellorship on 1 January 2022. He is chief executive of WellingtonNZ.

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Mr Allen chairs the University’s Audit & Risk Committee and is a Te Papa Foundation trustee.  He was previously the Chief Executive of the Racing Industry Transition Board and the former Chief Executive and Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Prior to joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, John was Chief Executive of New Zealand Post. He held a number of senior positions at New Zealand Post before his appointment as its Chief Executive in 2003.

A former partner of Rudd Watts & Stone, specialising in commercial and public policy issues, John is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and was a visiting Lecturer in Law at the University. He received a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006. John is an experienced company director and was co-chair of the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum until April 2011.

John was elected Chancellor at the 6 December 2021 meeting of Council for a one-year term commencing 1 January 2022.

Current Term

1 January 2022—31 December 2025

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