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Sir David Gascoigne

Sir David Gascoigne


New Zealand

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Sir David is an experienced consultant, who is able to provide an independent perspective on legal and other issues within the corporate and the arts sectors. He began his legal career with Watts and Patterson (now Minter Ellison Rudd Watts), where he became Chairman of partners. His area of legal practice was primarily in the corporate area.

Sir David has broad experience as a director in both private and public sectors. He is also active in arts and cultural activities and has held many senior positions, including an involvement in the lead up to the Rugby World Cup 2011.

Sir David held office as the Judicial Conduct Commissioner from 2009 to 2015. He has been the Independent Reviewer of the Auditor General’s audit allocation processes (2007 to 2013 and 2015) and has acted as a consultant to the Auditor-General.


LLB, LLM, Victoria University of Wellington
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

2009 - Awarded KNZM (Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit); superseding award of DCNZM (Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit) in 2005 for his services to the arts and business
2006 - Awarded an inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award from Victoria University, Wellington
1989 - Awarded CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 1989 for his services to film

Professional Associations

Consultant to the firm and a Board member
Previously a Chairman of Partners
Main area of professional expertise was as a corporate lawyer

Chairman, New Zealand Opera Limited (known as the NBR New Zealand Opera)
Chairman, New Zealand Film Production Fund Trust (known as Film Fund 1)
Trustee, Wellington International Arts Foundation
Previous directorships include: Chairman, Transpower New Zealand Limited; Chairman, The Co-operative Bank (formerly PSIS Limited); Chairman, Norwich Union Holdings (NZ) Limited; Chairman, State Insurance Limited; Chairman, Mitsubishi Motors NZ Limited; Chairman, Sky City Leisure Limited; Chairman, Lambton Harbour Management Limited; Deputy Chairman, NRMA Insurance NZ Limited; Deputy Chairman, New Zealand Post Limited; Director, CBD New Zealand Limited; Director, Landmark Properties Limited; Director, Medical Assurance Society New Zealand Limited; and Director, Property Securities Limited.

Previous arts administration positions held include: Chairman, New Zealand Film Commission; Executive Chairman, New Zealand International Festival of the Arts; Deputy Chairman, Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council; Board Member, National Art Gallery Council; and Board Member, Museum of New Zealand TePapa Tongarewa (known as Te Papa).

Statutory appointment
Judicial Conduct Commissioner (2009 - current)

Advisory positions
Member, NZ 2011 Group (Ministerial Advisory Committee for Rugby World Cup 2011) - 2010 to 2011
Independent Reviewer, Auditor-General's audit allocation processes - since 2005
Chairman, Rugby World Cup 2011 Bid Advisory Committee - 2005

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