Charles Finny has over 22 years’ experience in government and diplomatic roles, and has worked in Singapore, Beijing and Taipei. He is a partner at the Wellington Government Relations consultancy, Saunders Unsworth.
Charles is the Chair of the Education New Zealand Board and on the Boards of Woolyarns and Business Central. He served on the Film Commission board for 7 years and the Victoria University Council for 8 years.
Previously, Charles was CEO of the Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce for five and a half years. Prior to that, he held a variety of government roles at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Charles was for a period the lead negotiator for the China-New Zealand free trade agreement, and also led the negotiation on the agreement with Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matusu