Michele Embling

Michele Embling



Michele is an independent director and current Chair of the External Reporting Board (XRB), the Independent Crown Entity responsible for establishing New Zealand’s financial reporting strategy and building trust in its capital markets. The XRB is also proud to be playing its part in addressing climate change and is currently working at pace to establish a climate-related disclosure framework for Aotearoa New Zealand.

Michele is also a Board Member of Toitū Tahua - The Centre for Sustainable Finance. The Centre was established to implement the Sustainable Finance Forum’s 2030 roadmap for a sustainable financial system. Comprising representatives from banks, insurance companies, industry, Māori businesses and iwi, professional services, civil society, academia, and Government, the Sustainable Finance Forum is a unique partnership of public and private sector leaders committed to restoring New Zealand’s natural capital.

 Other current roles include:

  • non-executive director and Chair of Audit & Finance Committee of Transpower New Zealand Limited,

  • non-executive director of Power Finance Limited,

  • board member of the Australian Financial Reporting Council,
  • deputy chair of the University of Auckland’s Business School Advisory Board, and
  • independent New Zealand member of the Nominations and Governance Committee of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Michele served as the Chair of PwC in New Zealand from 2016 to 2020, was a partner for 15 years and held numerous leadership, executive and governance roles within PwC in New Zealand and Asia.

Michele is committed to growing diverse and inclusive leadership for the benefit of Aotearoa New Zealand. She served as Co-Chair of Champions for Change from 2018 to 2020 and from 2011 to 2018 was a board member and Deputy Chair of Global Women.