- Rob McLeod FCA becomes a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (KNZM).
- His services include extensive work for government and Māori taskforces and reviews.
- He was a New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants Councillor.
Rob McLeod FCA has been made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (KNZM) in recognition of his services to business and Māori.
The former Ernst and Young Chief Executive Officer, Managing Partner for Oceania and Chairman was among 196 New Zealanders to be awarded honours in the 2019 New Year Honours List.
Rob chaired the Government Tax Review 2001 and the New Zealand Business Roundtable from 2002 to 2010. In 2008 he was appointed to the Capital Markets Taskforce. Rob was also a member of the Independent Ministerial Advisory Panel for the Defence Review, the National Infrastructure Advisory Board and the Ministerial (Todd) Taskforce on Tertiary Education.
Rob's services to Māori include membership of the Hui Taumata Taskforce to increase Māori workforce participation, promote entrepreneurship and enhance Māori leadership and governance. He was Commissioner of the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission, Chairman of Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd and Director of Tainui Group Holdings. He was also the lead Negotiator for Te Haeata (Ngati Porou Treaty Settlement Committee).
Rob’s many years as one of New Zealand’s leading CAs and tax practitioners “of course came to the attention of various Governments which sought to tap into his expertise”.
In the late 1990s, Rob was a New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants Councillor.
Rob is currently Chairman of the E Tipu E Rea Trust which provides independent support to Partnership Schools.
Peter Vial, Group Executive, Advocacy & Professional Standing, New Zealand and the Pacific, said Rob's many years as one of New Zealand's leading CAs and tax practitioners "of course came to the attention of various Governments which sought to tap into his expertise.
"The breadth of those appointments – including in Māori business, investment, tax, defence and education – is testament to Rob's wide-ranging interests and abilities.
"When Rob was my boss – at KPMG in the 1980s - I was able to experience first hand his intellectual rigour and breadth of knowledge."
New Year Honours List 2019
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