Dr Jim Mather is of Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tūhoe and English descent. He grew up in the communities of Te Teko, Ōtara and Māngere.

Previously he was the Chief Executive of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (New Zealand’s second largest tertiary institution) for 5 years. This followed a 9-year tenure as Chief Executive of Māori Television, and prior to that he was Chief Executive of the Pacific Business Trust for almost 3 years.

He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Henley Business School in England and a Bachelor of Business Studies, as well as diplomas in business and management. He also completed a PhD in economic development through AUT University in 2014.

With business management experience spanning 25 years, he is a qualified accountant by profession, and has held a variety of private sector roles including General Manager of a marine engineering business and Financial Controller for a local subsidiary of a Swiss multi-national. He is a member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Aligned with his commercial background, Jim is also a former officer in the New Zealand Army, and was awarded the Sword of Honour in recognition of his distinguished achievements in Officer training. He served for 6 years in the NZ Army before leaving to further his career and educational aspirations.

He currently holds governance roles with the following organisations:

Chair of Radio New Zealand
Chair of Lakes District Health Board
Director of Auckland Transport
Director of Ngāti Awa Group Holdings Limited
Member of the MBIE Risk and Audit Committee
Managing Director of Mather Solutions Limited
Jim is passionate about providing educational opportunities to our young people as well as contributing to the strengthening of our communities and wider society.

Jim joined the InZone Board in February and became the Board Chair with effect from 1 March 2020.