Mary Bourke

Mary was Mayor of the South Taranaki District for five terms (15 years). She is a member of the National Council of Local Government New Zealand and has held positions at a national level in tourism, e-local government, governance and a “women in local government” advisory group. Locally her current project is overseeing the establishment of the inaugural South Taranaki Medical Trust. She is committed to the principles of economic and community development which she sees as integral to the continued vitality of rural communities.

Jim Gibbons

Jim, BCA Hons, CA is Chairman of The Colonial Motor Company Ltd, a NZX listed company with a national network of dealerships involved in the retailing and servicing of cars ( Ford, Mazda, and BMW), heavy trucks (Kenworth and DAF), and tractors (Case and New Holland). Prior to being chairman, Jim was an executive director of the group, and general manager of the New Plymouth subsidiary company, Energy City Motors. He is also a director of the Motor Trade Association.

Archbishop Philip Richardson

Philip is the Archbishop of the Anglican Dioceses in New Zealand and also Bishop of Taranaki. Prior to that he was involved in education at the University of Otago, parish ministry in Auckland, Northland and Otago and community development work in Auckland City. Nationally he carries responsibilities across many organisations within and beyond the Church.  Uniquely he shares leadership of the Anglican Church with Archbishop Brown Turei and Archbishop Winston Halapua in the three Tikanga structure of the Anglican Church in these islands.

Stuart Trundle

Stuart is the chief executive of Venture Taranaki Trust, the regional development agency for Taranaki regarded as one of the premier models for economic development in New Zealand. Prior to jointing the Trust, Stuart was managing director of the largest Chamber Of Commerce in the United Kingdom, chairman of two companies, external examiner of the MBA programme at the university of Wolverhampton business school and course validator for the University of Central England for its Diploma in Management Studies. Stuart’s work in the formation of regional economic development agencies in Poland and Romania were supported by the British Government and European Commission.

Dean Pratt

Dean is a Chartered Accountant and has been a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants for 20+ years. He has been a past Chairman of the Taranaki Branch of NZICA. Dean is a Director of Harris Taylor Limited, a Hawera based accountancy practice. He provides a wide range of advice to the farming and commercial sectors including restructurings and amalgamations, whilst maximising equity growth. Dean has clients throughout NZ and around the world. In a past life he was a Senior Investigating Accountant with the Inland Revenue Department and the Tax Manager of Kiwi Co-operative Dairies Limited.

Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley

Helen-Ann Hartley is the 7th Bishop of Waikato, a role she took up in February 2014 following her time as Dean of students of the New Zealand Dioceses at the College of St John the Evangelist in Auckland.  Prior to that, Helen-Ann was based in the UK and working in theological education.  Her passions are education and encouraging people of all ages and stages in life to grow in their faith and commitment to Christ.

Paul Reynolds

Paul is from Ngati Tuwharetoa (Ngati Rongomai), Nga Puhi (Ngati Rehia) and Te Atihaunui-a-Papaarangi. He is currently Kaihautu Awhi Whanau, a social justice educator and trainer for Te Hui Amorangi ki te Upoko o Te Ika, and a social justice co-ordinator for the 3-Tikanga Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.

Prior to this, Paul was based in Christchurch working as the General Manager for Te Hui Amorangi o Te Waipounamu. Paul has also worked for over 10 years as a kaupapa Maori researcher, specialising in whanau health and wellbeing. In 2004 he completed his Ph.D. thesis on the impacts of new technologies, such as genetic engineering and biotechnology, on Maori and Indigenous peoples.