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 joined the XRB as Chief Executive in December 2019 and is responsible for leading the organisation to achieve its mission and strategic objectives. This includes oversight of the XRB's operations, people, policies, processes, and governance.

April has extensive experience in external reporting both in New Zealand and internationally.  She was a Board member for four years with the International Valuation Standards Council where she also briefly acted as Council’s Interim Chief Executive. As Global Head of Governance and Public Policy for Grant Thornton International, April was responsible for formulating and representing the Network’s positions on key regulatory policy matters.

April is well regarded for her technical expertise and has served as a technical advisor and member of a number of international bodies including the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), 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’s considerable accounting and auditing background also spans a number of organisations and roles including the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants as Divisional Director of Policy, Touche Ross & Co (UK and NZ), the New Zealand Securities Commission and the New Zealand Audit Office.

April is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and holds a Master of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Auckland. In her limited free time, April enjoys being with her family and working on their rural property in Otago. 

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. 

Dr Amelia Sharman

Dr Amelia Sharman

Director Climate Standards

Dr Sharman has an extensive background in climate and sustainability policy areas, most recently as Head of Policy at Ara Ake, the entity responsible for accelerating energy innovation to support New Zealand's transition to a low-emissions energy future. Previously, Dr Sharman worked for the New Zealand Productivity Commission contributing to climate and sustainability reports on New Zealand’s transition to a low-emissions economy. Most notably, Dr Sharman was at the forefront of the Commission’s analysis into climate-related financial disclosures, and subsequently developed the Commission’s final recommendation on the disclosure regime for New Zealand.

Prior to this, Dr Sharman held project management roles in the United Kingdom where she led a range of projects as a consultant to the European Commission while at consulting firm Amec Foster Wheeler (now part of Wood), including streamlining planning and reporting obligations for climate and energy policy, with a focus on the costs related to monitoring, reporting and verification under the EU ETS. Dr Sharman was also responsible for developing and implementing Amec Foster Wheeler’s European Climate Resilience Risk Assessment Framework, focused on the insurance and health sectors.

Her work in the area of sustainability includes responsibility for the international implementation of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, as well as management of a €1.2 million European Union LIFE+ funding project, involving hydropower sustainability assessments and training of sustainability auditors across Europe.

Dr Sharman lives with her husband and two small children in Miramar, Wellington and in her (limited) spare time enjoys gardening, cycling and beekeeping.