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.

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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.

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.

Robyn Paterson

Over the past decade Robyn has worked variously in the New Zealand film and television industry as a director, producer, writer, and occasionally actor. She has completed her second feature documentary, In The Zone, while her debut narrative short film Run Rabbit premiered at NZIFF and MIFF 2018. She worked as a director/story producer on the first three seasons of popular architectural television series, Grand Designs, New Zealand – also stepping in as Series Producer during 2017. Her other television work includes a diverse range of shows, from Rachel Hunter’s Tour of Beauty to long running documentary series, Attitude.

Robyn Paterson

Gabriel Reid

Gabriel has held a range of roles in film, television and theatre production. His M.A. thesis examined Shakespeare on screen and he secured his Ph.D. with an investigation into the impact of digital technologies on film production. He has held staff positions at TVNZ and New Zealand Opera. At Unitec Institute of Technology he lectures on film history. His work as a writer-director has garnered PromaxBDA, Writers Guild and Tropfest awards. Gabriel is a member of Actors Equity and the NZ Writers Guild. He sits on the board of Film Auckland. From 2016 to 2018 he served as vice president of the DEGNZ.

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.

Margot Francis

Margot has extensive experience as a drama and documentary feature editor, both in New Zealand and the United States. Highlights in the US include Saturday Night Live shorts and a feature film Nothing Lasts Forever. She won an Emmy Award for editing a documentary of the Broadway musical Sarafina. In New Zealand in 2012 she was nominated twice in the same drama editing category of the NZ Television Awards, for Siege and Bliss, she won for Bliss. Documentary feature highlights include Billy T. Te Movie, Yellow Is Forbidden, For My Father’s Kingdom.

Margot Francis

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.