New Year, New Chair - Alastair looks at year ahead

Alastair Rhodes, looks ahead at his first year as NAB Chair.

Firstly, I’d like to thank David Woods for his tremendous work leading the NAB over its formative years. Also, to the NAB members, past and present, for their collective and diverse expertise.

It’s going to be a busy year ahead of us and in February, we got together online to lay out the foundations for the year ahead, our strategy and also to re-align our purpose.

As the peak body for impact investing in NZ, our purpose is to: connect, educate and advocate to grow the impact investing sector and help catalyse the transition to a sustainable Aotearoa New Zealand.

The following themes emerged as key roles the NAB can play with our detailed plan to be signed off and communicated shortly.

  • Transition from the previous focus on international alignment and best practice (we will still keep across this) to showcasing the strengths of impact investing in the unique Aotearoa NZ way. Through raising the profile of impact investing, including innovative investment models.

  • Educate the market on how to get started with impact investing and continue to grow capability with reliable data, accepted standards and impact management.

  • Be the kaitiaki of impact by setting and raising the integrity bar through intentionality and impact measurement to help catalyse (through proof and experience) the transition to a truly sustainable Aotearoa New Zealand.

  • Be a platform for shared stories, case studies and learning.

  • Scale the impact investable pipeline and connect deals to investment.

  • Deliver community activities to maintain a healthy and connected ecosystem.

  • Facilitate the contribution of indigenous and Māori communities to impact investing.

  • Connect global trends and players to the Aotearoa NZ market.

This is where the Impact Investing Network comes in and we will soon be sharing more detailed thoughts with yourselves to get your input, stories and experiences to further enable the community of impact investing practitioners.

Lastly, I know it’s going to be a very challenging few years ahead of us, not just in NZ but across the world with increased social challenges, geo-political issues, rising living costs and COVID to just name a few. I really believe that impact investment will help transition to an improved tomorrow and very much look forward to helping lead the NAB to play a key role in this.

If you have any questions or would like to catch up then please don’t hesitate to call or email myself or our very able manager Tan.

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