Board of Directors

  • Sir Michael Hill. K.N.Z.M

    Sir Michael Hill K.N.Z.M.
    Founder President/Non-independent Director

    Sir Michael was appointed Founder President in 2015 in recognition of his special connection with Michael Hill for over 35 years. He led the company as Executive Chairman from 1987 until December 2015.

    Skills and experience

    Sir Michael had 23 years of jewellery retailing experience before establishing Michael Hill in 1979 which then listed on the NZ Stock Exchange in 1987. Sir Michael’s visionary leadership has been the foundation for the company’s successful international expansion. In 2008 he was recognized as Ernst Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” and in 2011 was appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and the arts.

    Sir Michael led the Group as Chair from 1987 until December 2015.

    • Emma Hill B.Com , M.B.A.

       Emma  Hill  B.Com , M.B.A.
      Chair/Non-independent

      Emma has been a Director of Michael Hill International Limited since February 2007. She was appointed Deputy Chair in 2011 and was appointed by the Board as Executive Chair in December 2015.

      Skills and experience

      Emma has over 30 years’ experience with the company commencing on the shop floor in Whangarei, New Zealand. She held a number of management positions in the Australian company before successfully leading the expansion of the group into Canada as Retail General Manager in 2002.

      Board Committee membership

    • Gary Smith B.Comm., F.C.A., F.A.I.C.D.

       Gary Smith B.Comm., F.C.A., F.A.I.C.D.
      Independent, non-executive

      Gary was appointed to the Board in November 2012.

      Skills and experience

      Gary has had extensive directorship experience. He is currently Chairman and member of the Audit and Remuneration committees of Flight Centre Travel Group Limited, one of Australia’s largest 100 public companies which operates in 23 countries and is one of the world’s largest retail and corporate travel providers. He is also a director of National Roads and Motorists Association Limited (the NRMA), Australia’s largest member-based organisation with over 2.6 million members offering a variety of member services and operating a range of diverse businesses, where he is also a member of the Audit and Risk Management committee as well as the Finance and Investment committee. This follows an extensive executive career in tourism and hospitality development and management.

      Gary is Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

      Other directorships and offices (current and recent)

      Flight Centre Limited (Chair)
      National Roads and Motorists Association Limited 

      Board Committee membership

    • Rob Fyfe

      Rob Fyfe
      Independent, non-executive

      Rob was appointed to the Board in January 2014.

      Skills and experience

      Rob served as CEO of Air New Zealand between 2005 and 2012, a period that saw a resurgence in Air New Zealand to become one of the most recognised and awarded airlines in the world and one of the best performers in a tough industry.

      Other directorships 

      Air Canada
      Fitout Solutions Limited
      Hammerforce Limited

      Board Committee membership

    • Janine Allis

      Janine Allis
      Independent, non-executive

      Janine was appointed to the Board in June 2016.

      Skills and experience

      Janine is the Founder and Executive Director of Retail Zoo which currently owns three brands; Boost Juice, Salsa’s Fresh Mex Grill and Cibo. The Retail Zoo network has over 500 stores in 13 countries.

      Her strong retail experience was obtained by creating Boost Juice Bars and turning it into an iconic Australian brand with over 95% awareness rate in the Australian market. Drive and passion has translated into over $2 billion in global sales from inception and has earned Janine many accolades, including Telstra Businesswoman of the Year, Amex Franchisor of the Year, ARA Retailer of the Year, she was inducted into the Australian Business Women Hall of Fame as well as BRW listing Janine in the top 15 people who have changed the way we do business in the last 20 years.

      • Jacquie Naylor

        Independent, non-executive

        Jacquie was appointed to the Board in July 2020.

        Skills and experience

        Jacqueline is a highly regarded Australian retail leader with over thirty years’ executive and board experience in retail, fashion and eCommerce. She is currently an independent non-executive director of Myer and Cambridge Clothing and was previously a director of PAS Group, Macpac and the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. This follows an extensive career as a retail executive (and later an Executive Director) at the Just Group, where Jacqueline oversaw merchandising, marketing and brand strategies across a portfolio of 800 stores. 

        Other directorships 

        Myer Holdings Limited 
        Cambridge Clothing Limited 

        Board Committee membership