June 4, 2020

A Message from our Chair

A Message from our Chair
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Tēnā koutou katoa,

As you may be aware, Mark Ward has stepped down from his role as Whanganui & Partners’ Chief Executive. Mark joined us in early January last year and has successfully delivered what he set out to achieve with us. We wish Mark all the best and want to pass on his best wishes to all of our partners and stakeholders.

Mark is leaving Whanganui & Partners with a very strong team and board in place, and we will continue supporting local businesses through the immediate effects of COVID-19 and setting our economy up for long-term success. The team has been working on critical pieces of our economic recovery.

In the interim, Gaelle Deighton, a Whanganui & Partners board member since 2019, has stepped into the Chief Executive position. Gaelle’s experience includes 20 years as head of the ‘Enterprising Manukau’ economic development agency, where she successfully established and built the organisation.We know Gaelle's knowledge and experience will serve the organisation well during this time and hope many of you get the chance to meet her.

Ngā mihi,
Pahia Turia
Board Chair

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