Laurissa, who is of Te Āti Hau Nui a Pāpā Rangi (Whanganui) descent, joined the Board as an Independent Director in August 2020. Bringing experience in both governance and finance, Laurissa chairs the Board’s Audit, Finance & Risk Committee. Laurissa has previously held senior management, auditing and consulting roles with Deloitte in New Zealand, and Deloitte Touche in London, and was the CFO for Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. She currently serves as the Chair of Tourism Bay of Plenty, and she is an Independent Director for Air New Zealand and Goodman (NZ). She is also a Trustee on the Charitable Investment Trust for Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki. She also holds a role as an independent director on the Audit & Risk board of Nga Tangata Tiaki and was previously a committee member for the Institute of Directors Bay of Plenty Branch. In 2017 she was a recipient of the Institute of Directors Emerging Director Award. Laurissa is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.