The Hugo Group

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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, coach and facilitator. She has extensive experience working in and with global and New Zealand corporates and advising boards, including holding a senior management role with Fonterra for eight years. She has completed the CEO Coaching Strategies Programme at Harvard University.
A member of an Advisory Group to the Business and Advisory Committee of the OECD, Jo is also a member of board of Trustees for Motu – a top ten globally ranked Think Tank, Chair of the Motu Foundation and a Trustee of Samuel Marsden School.

Pattrick Smellie

Pattrick Smellie

Director

Pattrick is a respected business journalist and co-founder of the BusinessDesk business, economic and political news service. 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.

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.