New directors join Network for Learning

Anthony Briscoe and Sharon Cresswell appointed to N4L Board
Anthony Briscoe and Sharon Cresswell

Crown Company Network for Learning (N4L) has appointed Anthony Briscoe and Sharon Cresswell to its board of directors.

N4L provides government-funded internet and cybersecurity services specifically designed for New Zealand’s 2450+ schools. The company manages and supports these services for 825,000-plus students and teachers so they can get on with great learning in a safe online environment.

Anthony Briscoe is a veteran of the telecommunications industry, having spent five years as chief executive of the Southern Cross Cable Network and another 22 years at Spark (then Telecom). He was responsible for leading the project to lay the Southern Cross submarine fibre cable that carries almost all communications traffic to and from New Zealand, connecting the country to the West Coast of the United States. Outside Telecom, his career has included roles as New Zealand Trade Commissioner in Singapore and New Zealand Consul in Queensland. Other directorships have included chair of Crown Research Institute, HortResearch; director of Kordia and director of Airways Corporation. Anthony is also a trustee of The New Zealand Science and Technology Roadshow Trust.

Sharon Cresswell joins N4L following 16 years as a partner with PwC in Auckland and Hamilton, providing assurance, auditing and advisory services for businesses including fibre providers and also for schools and universities. During this time she took a year’s secondment with one of New Zealand’s largest Crown Research Institute, AgResearch, leading the finance and business performance team. She was also with PwC in England where she specialised in not-for-profits and media companies before moving to New Zealand in 1999.

The new Board members were appointed to the N4L board in August by its shareholding ministers, the ministers of education and finance. 

They join N4L board chair Colin MacDonald and the company’s two other members, Karen Poutasi and Jeremy Banks.

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