Bridget Liddell, CFA, brings a broad background in investment, governance and in the commercialization of small businesses to the Fund.
Bridget has recent experience in the development and commercialization of small businesses. Initially through Antipodean Equity and subsequently through her role as CEO of Fahrenheit Ventures (a partnership with Fahrenheit 212), Bridget has worked closely with clients in the food and beverage and personal care industries.
Fahrenheit Ventures commercializes new businesses within the US market, acting as principal or consultant. Services provided include the development of market entry strategies and business plans, assistance with access to financing, negotiation of partnering agreements and other transactions, assistance and advice on structuring companies, the development and implementation of branding and marketing strategies, the arrangement of logistics including staffing and access to distribution services.
Bridget also chairs an advisory program run by the New Zealand Government (the Beachhead Program), which provides strategic advice and mentoring to New Zealand high growth companies in the United States.
Bridget was the founding Chair of The ICEHOUSE business growth accelerator in Auckland, New Zealand, an organization judged recently as one of the ten leading global new business development organizations by Forbes magazine.
Corporate Governance Experience
Bridget has significant global strategic leadership and commercial experience as Chief Executive, General Manager, Director and Chair of a number of export and domestically focused companies and enterprises.
Bridget was previously Chief Executive of Carter Holt Harvey Plastic Packaging, a $140 million export packaging company with manufacturing operations in Australia and New Zealand.
She also has international governance experience across a range of export and domestic sectors – home appliances (Director of Fisher & Paykel Appliances Holdings Ltd.), gaming (Director of Sky City Ltd.), economic development (Director of Industry New Zealand and of Uniservices Ltd), food and beverage (Director of BioVittoria Ltd., Director of New Zealand Apple and Pear Marketing Board) as well as Directorship of various non-profit entities including BRAC USA (global leader in provision of microfinance and economic development) and the US / NZ Council, based in Washington DC.
She has been a member of the Council of the University of Auckland and chairs the Friends of the University of Auckland in the United States. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Auckland Business School.
Bridget is a former Director of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund (the New Zealand Sovereign Fund) (2003-June, 2010).
Bridget has qualifications in finance, economics and marketing to post-graduate level, and extensive experience in equity analysis and in global investment markets through her former role as Director of Research, CS First Boston New Zealand.
She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst qualification, and was a Harkness Fellow (1998).
She is a Trustee of an economic policy research think-tank, the New Zealand Institute.
She is an active angel investor in the US and in New Zealand, and currently mentors a number of Chief Executives of small consumer products companies.