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Who we are

The Hugo Group is led by experts in their fields who come together to lead Hugo discussions, contribute insights and to develop Hugo’s forecasts of the trading, policy and economic environment in which business must operate.

Jo Wills

Jo Wills

Director

Jo is a government relations expert and business strategy advisor and facilitator. Jo has extensive experience of working with global and New Zealand corporate clients and advising boards, including holding a general management role with Fonterra for eight years. She is a member of an advisory group to the Business and Advisory Committee of the OECD, a director of the EEO Trust and is on the committee of The Wellington Club.

Pattrick Smellie

Pattrick Smellie

Director

Pattrick is a respected business journalist and co-founder of the BusinessDesk news service, which provides business news to mainstream media outlets in New Zealand and the Australian Associated Press. Pattrick has worked on both sides of the media fence, as a press secretary to the then Minister of Finance, Roger Douglas, and for major corporate clients including Fonterra, Contact Energy, and The University of Auckland. He is a Harkness Fellow, former chairman of the Parliamentary Press Gallery, and was The Australian newspaper's first New Zealand correspondent.

Dr Arthur Grimes

Dr Arthur Grimes

Chair

Arthur is the former Chairman of the Reserve Bank, a senior fellow of Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, adjunct professor of economics at the University of Waikato and a former director of the Institute of Policy Studies at Victoria University. His Ph D is from the London School of Economics. He has won a number of academic prizes here and in Britain and he has published widely on economics in international academic journals.

Stephen Toplis

Stephen Toplis

Economic Specialist

Stephen is our specialist in the economy. Stephen has extensive contacts in the bureaucracy, the Reserve Bank and business. His background is as an economic analyst in the banking industry. He is head of research, wholesale markets, for the Bank of New Zealand.

Australian Connection

Australian Connection

The Hugo Group has a working association with the International CEO Forum in Australia