Our Board

DEGNZ is an incorporated society that employs staff and is overseen by a board elected from the membership.

Howard Taylor


Howard Taylor is a highly experienced director with over a hundred hours of programming to his credit. As well as directing and producing television programmes, documentaries and commercials, Howard also works as a theatre producer.

Louise Leitch


Louise has earned a reputation as a talented story-teller of fact and fiction. Her award-winning short dramas have screened at festivals around the globe including Tribeca, Tampere and Imaginative. Her short documentary film Same but Different was selected for Loading Docs 2016. Louise has directed close to 200 episodes of Australian television drama and a number of prime-time documentary series in both Australia and NZ. Louise is currently developing narrative and documentary feature films.

Phil Gore


Phil is a chartered accountant and production accountant with extensive experience in the screen industry. Since 2008, Phil has been working with the chartered accountancy firm, Pieter Holl & Associates Ltd, which has a strong focus on the film and television industry and is a sponsor of DEGNZ. Prior to this, Phil worked as a freelance production accountant for 8 years in NZ and Australia.

Helena Brooks

Voted one of Idealog’s Most Creative People, Brooks was recently lead director for Psychological Thriller Mini-Series The Bad Seed and Sketch-Show Funny Girls, which starred this year’s Edinburgh Comedy Award winner. She has also directed high-end TV commercials for over 10 years. Her short film as a writer-director, Nothing Special, was nominated for Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, selected for film festivals around the world and sold to Canal Plus, SBS Australia, and the Rialto Channel. She has a B.A with a double major in Film & Philosophy, and a 1st class Honours M.A with a double major in Screenwriting & Directing.

Michael Duignan

Michael has directed numerous episodes of top rating and critically acclaimed shows The Cult, Go Girls, The Blue Rose and Power Rangers. His short films have screened globally and his advertising work has been recognised with Axis Awards and best-of-year lists. He was recently awarded a writing residency at Studio One Toi Tū where he continued to develop a number of feature film projects.

Roseanne Liang

Roseanne is a New Zealand Chinese screenwriter and director who has worked in feature film, feature documentary, short films and popular web series. Roseanne has been named a ‘Sir Peter Blake Trust Emerging Leader’ . Most recently, Roseanne’s latest short Do No Harm had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and was officially selected for the SXSW Film Festival. Roseanne was named by Hollywood’s Alice Initiative as one of 10 feature filmmakers to watch in 2018.

Zoe McIntosh

Zoe has received international acclaim for her short films and feature-film documentaries Lost in Wonderland and The Deadly Ponies Gang. She’s shot commercials for Spark, Cadbury, Sky TV and YWCA, which earned her the status of Young Director of the Year at Cannes in 2013 and was a judge at the prestigious D&AD awards this year. Her most recent film The world in your window received the jury prize at Clermont Ferrand, Best short film at Short Shorts Asia and best short film at Melbourne Film Festival with Zoe winning best director at Show Me Shorts in 2017.

Zoe McIntosh

Gabriel Reid

Gabriel has held a range of roles in film, television and theatre production, including director, assistant director, producer and actor. His M.A. thesis examined Shakespeare on film and he secured his Ph.D. with a thesis examining the impact of digital technologies on feature film production. His work has been recognised with ProMax, Tropfest and SWANZ awards.

Annie Collins

Annie has been editing film since 1975 and was the first independently trained editor in the country. She has specialized in documentary and that has remained her particular love although there’ve been a number of forays into drama, most notably with Robert Sarkies directing and also an extended period in a rather strange country called Middle Earth. She has remained independent throughout her career.

Francis Glenday

Francis is an editor and animator with 20 years experience, cutting on a wide range of projects from film through television and everything in between. He was nominated for Best Documentary Editor at the Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards 2017 for POI E: The Story of our Song.