Michael Boggs

Chief Executive Officer

Michael was appointed CEO of NZME in March 2016, prior to that he held the CFO position. He has been integral in developing the strategy to grow NZME’s presence in New Zealand particularly in the areas of digital, video and events whilst upholding the company’s traditional brands including The New Zealand Herald and Newstalk ZB.

Joining NZME from TOWER Limited where he successfully managed TOWERS multibillion dollar assets, TOWERS’s Pacific Islands operations, TOWER’s earthquake recovery programme and the sale of TOWER’s life insurance, health insurance and investment management businesses.

Prior to TOWER, Michael held executive roles in leading finance, commercial and business functions in major telecommunications and technology organisations including TelstraClear and previously Clear Communications. In 2014 Michael was awarded CFO of the year at the annual New Zealand CFO Awards. 


Sarah Judkins

Chief Strategy Officer & Acting Chief Financial Officer

Sarah is responsible for a number of strategic projects across NZME and the development of new business initiatives.  Sarah joined NZME in 2014 to lead the transformation and integration of the APN, TRN and GrabOne businesses into NZME.  Sarah joined NZME from KPMG where she was a Director in the transactions team, specialising in operational strategy, transaction support and integration planning. Sarah has 20 years’ experience working with business managers and stakeholders in a wide range of industries in New Zealand and Asia developing and implementing strategic plans. Since returning to New Zealand, Sarah has worked with several New Zealand companies on a range of strategic projects and brings a breadth of financial and strategic experience to NZME.


Shayne Currie

Managing Editor

As NZME's Managing Editor Shayne oversees journalists and content across the newsroom for Newstalk ZB, Radio Sport, The NZ Herald and NZME’s regional and community news brands. Shayne has been a journalist for 25 years, starting as a crime reporter in Wellington - and briefly, New York - before taking up newsroom leadership roles. Shayne has overseen major change and innovation in newsrooms throughout New Zealand.

A former News Editor and Deputy Editor of the Sunday Star Times, Shayne moved to APN to help launch the Herald on Sunday and became editor of that paper in 2005 and of The NZ Herald in 2011. He led the editorial project to transform the NZ Herald into the award-winning compact format. In 2016 Shayne was awarded a scholarship to Wolfson College at Cambridge University in the UK, studying audience patterns in the digital age. 


Dean Buchanan

Group Director, Entertainment

Dean has over two decades of experience in developing world class content and talent in New Zealand and internationally. Prior to joining the Radio Network as Chief Content Officer in September of 2013, then Managing Director Radio, Dean was an international consultant in the UK and Europe.  He then joined DMG Radio Australia as Group Programme Director and was responsible for launching the highly successful Nova Network.

Dean has vast multimedia experience having worked in Touring with TV Touring and established a successful talent management company Plus1 Talent, developing the futures of many key Australian TV and Radio talent. 

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Matt Headland

Chief Commercial Officer

Matt joined NZME as Head of Agency Sales in August 2016 and in September 2017 he was appointed Acting Chief Commercial Officer.  Within his time at NZME Matt has restructured and revitalised the agency sales team, building and leading an innovative and fresh culture, while delivering market leading revenue growth.   

Prior to the NZME group, Matt held the position of Director of National Direct Sales TV, Radio and Digital at Mediaworks New Zealand. Matt has over 18 years of experience in media, entertainment and advertising industries, where he has lead change and revenue growth across multiple businesses, these roles include Country Manager EMI Music New Zealand, NZ Sales Manager MTV Networks, Head of Marketing EMI New Zealand and founder of Wonder and Thunder Talent Management. He is also a Chair of the Radio Bureau Board. 


Katie Mills

Chief Marketing Officer

Prior to joining NZME in December 2018 as Chief Marketing Officer, Katie was the Group Marketing Director at Aspire2 Group and was previously General Manager (Global) Marketing & Communications at Opus International Consultants. Katie also spent 15 years at MediaWorks in senior leadership roles successfully developing and delivering marketing and brand strategies for a portfolio of radio, digital, event and television ventures. 


Laura Maxwell

Chief Digital Officer

Laura first joined The Radio Network as a Commercial Director in July 2013, moving to the role of Group Director Digital Media in 2014.  In 2015, Laura was promoted to Group Revenue Director and this title transitioned to Chief Commercial Officer as part of the NZME transformation. Prior to the NZME group, Laura held the position of General Manager/Director for Yahoo! New Zealand. Laura has over 20 years of experience in media and is well known and respected in the industry, having held roles including Sales Director for both APN Outdoor and Buspak New Zealand. She is also currently serving as a Chair of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, a Director of the Newspapers Publishers Association and a board member of the Radio Bureau. 


Matthew Wilson

Chief Operations Officer

Matthew has lead several NZME’s operational teams. With a passion for media, Matthew has over two decades of experience working across NZME’s newspaper brands, including finance roles in print, commercial, content and corporate to leading the Newspaper Sales, Print and Herald product functions. Matthew was integral to the launch of the Weekend Herald brand and the Herald on Sunday newspaper in 2004, consolidated newspaper sales and distribution functions across NZME in 2013 and led the development of NZME’s highly successful distribution services business in 2015. Matthew’s extensive experience and knowledge of the business and its brands helps drive NZME’s operating performance.


Allison Whitney 

Legal Counsel and Company Secretary

Allison joined NZME in 2013 and with over 15 years’ legal experience, manages the provision of legal advice and company secretarial services across the NZME group - bringing corporate, commercial, intellectual property, consumer and media law experience to the table. 

Prior to commencing her role at NZME Allison held roles both in-house and in private practice, including six years as Group Legal Advisor to London-based International Media Group; UBM plc.  During her time at NZME, Allison has provided legal guidance to the NZME Group through several significant milestones and projects, including the 2014 re-brand from APN to NZME, and the 2016 demerger from APN and listing of NZME on the NZX and ASX.