General Counsel & Company Secretary, Foodstuffs North Island Limited
After nearly 20 years in private practice, including nine years as a partner at international law firm DLA Piper, Mike was offered the opportunity to set up an in-house legal team at key client, Foodstuffs. He has now been in that role for 10 years and has shaped the legal function from its inception and been a member of the Executive Team for most of that period.
Foodstuffs is one of New Zealand’s largest organisations which has a franchised supermarket and grocery store retail network. The business is a co-operative owned by its members and provides a full range of services including purchasing, logistics, store development, operator selection and development, marketing, IT and financial services to its members.
Mike works across the entire business providing a very wide range of services and utilising a small in-house team and a range of external providers. He is extremely passionate about the business and enjoys the huge variety and fast pace. He describes every day at Foodstuffs as being different and never knowing quite what one will encounter on any given day.