Meet our Management Team

The XRB management team is made up of the Chief Executive and the Director of each team – Accounting Standards, Assurance Standards and Finance & Corporate Services.

XRB team members are based mainly in Wellington and Auckland.

April Mackenzie

April Mackenzie

Chief Executive

April is responsible for assisting the XRB Board in the development and execution of the XRB’s strategic goals and annual objectives. She leads the XRB in the achievement of the organisation's mission, strategy and annual objectives.  She oversees the XRB's operations, people, policies and processes and provides information and reports to the XRB Board to enable effective governance of the XRB.

April has extensive experience in external reporting in New Zealand and internationally. She acted as Interim Chief Executive for the International Valuation Standards Council, following ten years as Global Head of Governance and Public Policy for Grant Thornton International.

Prior to that April was Divisional Director of Policy for the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and has a background in accounting and auditing with Touche Ross & Co in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, the New Zealand Securities Commission and the New Zealand Audit Office. She has served as a technical advisor on the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). She has been a member of the International Financial Reporting Standards Advisory Council (IFRS), the Global Public Policy Committee, and the Joint Ethics Committee of the Consultative Committee of Accounting Bodies in the United Kingdom.

April is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and holds a Master of Commerce (Hons) from University of Auckland. 

Kerrie Cole

Kerrie Cole

Chief Operating Officer

Kerrie manages the XRB's back office operations. She has an extensive background as a financial director and provider of corporate services.

She was previously Financial Controller and Board Secretary at Kirkcaldie & Stains Limited.

Prior to that Kerrie was General Manager Commercial at Positively Wellington Tourism, where she had responsibility for a variety of front and back office functions.

Sylvia van Dyk

Sylvia van Dyk


Director – Assurance Standards

Sylvia heads the team that supports the New Zealand Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (NZAuASB) in its role of developing and issuing auditing and assurance standards.

Sylvia was previously Director, Quality Assurance at the Office of the Auditor-General.

She has an extensive auditing background, having worked in both the public and private sectors and having been involved in the audits of large organisations, small and medium enterprises, public entities and not-for-profit entities.

Sylvia has been the Technical Advisor to the New Zealand Board member on the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) from January 2017. 

Anthony Heffernan

Anthony Heffernan

Director – Accounting Standards

Anthony heads the team supporting the New Zealand Accounting Standards Board (NZASB) in its role of developing and issuing accounting standards.

Anthony has over 15 years of professional accountancy experience, providing audit, internal audit and business advisory services across the for-profit, not-for-profit and public sector.

Prior to joining the XRB, he held senior leadership positions at his predecessor firm providing assurance and technical advisory services, specialising in IPSAS™ and IFRS implementation and interpretation.

Anthony has been the Technical Advisor to the New Zealand Board member on the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) from March 2016.