Board Chair reappointment

/ Press Announcements / 14 Mar 2024 / Katie Hickmer

Annabel preferred


Friday 15th March 2024

NZGCP Board Chair reappointed for a further three-year term

Annabel Cotton has had her term as NZGCP Board Chair extended by a further three years. Annabel was appointed to the New Zealand Growth Capital Partners (NZGCP) Board as a Director in December 2020 and assumed the role as Board Chair in March 2023 following David Smol’s departure.

Annabel also sits on NZGCP’s Audit and Risk Committee, and People and Chair Committee.

NZGCP’s current Board consists of Annabel Cotton (Chair), Marcel van den Assum, Nicole Buisson, Janice Fredric, Grant Straker, and Steve O’Connor.


Ms Annabel Cotton
Ms Cotton is an experienced governor, with knowledge of working on public sector boards. Her skills and experience include governance, investor relations, risk and assurance, finance, and accounting. She has strong knowledge of the financial services industry, and good connections with angel investors, fund managers and funding entities. Ms Cotton has a genuine interest in seeing small business succeed, and a firm understanding of the stakeholder perspective and the challenges faced by start-up companies.

She is Owner and Managing Director of Merlin Consulting Limited (1998 – present) and has worked alongside many of New Zealand’s leading listed companies providing the Board and senior executives with advice on a wide range of matters associated with their investor communications and governance programmes. Ms Cotton has ‘front line’ experience as a listed company director having served on the Board and chaired the audit committees of three NZX listed companies.


Media contact:  Rob Everett – 021 903 895

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