Charles Finny has more than 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 on the Boards of Woolyarns Limited, Kawarau Estate Limited, and is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
Previously, Charles was Chair of the Education New Zealand Board, served on the Board of the Wellington Employers Chamber of Commerce and 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 negotiations on the agreement with Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matusu.