Our board and team at Whanganui & Partners is made up of friendly and experienced people who have a passion for seeing the Whanganui district thrive.
Hannah has experience leading the agency’s International and Capability approach and has a strong understanding across key sectors. Hannah has strong relationships with industry, local and central Government agencies and across the broader Manawatū-Whanganui region.
Simon has had more than ten years' experience in the field of business start-ups and operates several businesses of his own. He is passionate about business growth, increasing business efficiencies and helping business owners realise their potential.
Paul has years of experience working in the tourism industry in New Zealand and internationally. He works with our tourism operators and regional partners to lift the value of the visitor economy in Whanganui.
Jonathan has two decades of marketing management experience through managerial positions at AXA and Rank Group in the UK and more recently as Head of Marketing at UCOL. Jonathan’s role oversees the promotion of Whanganui as well as managing our event fund. He has line management of the i-SITE team.
Tim works directly with local business owners and sole traders to help them achieve their business goals. He advises on new business ideas, staffing, location, product development, markets and more. Get in touch with Tim about any questions or get started with a Business Enquiry Form.
Nilesh is the first person you’ll see when you visit the Innovation Quarter. She makes sure our team is operating efficiently and with focus. Her organisational and administrative skills ensure we get the most impact out of our work.
Colleen knows the rural sector through experience as both a regional councillor and a dairy farm owner. She works with agribusiness stakeholders to develop strategies and initiatives that will develop our region into a food and fibre powerhouse.
Emma works directly with artists and creative workers to make Whanganui a place where creatives thrive. She has been working in the arts for two decades, as an artist, consultant, curator and advocate. She is deeply involved in the local arts community and has been a member of the Public Art Steering Group for the Whanganui District Council,the Keynote Speaker for the CoLab glass conferencein 2019 and co-founder of the Whanganui Small Publishers Group.
Anique works closely with artists and community groups to help them realise their artistic projects. She administrates the Creative Communities Scheme and Public Art Fund, both of which are contestable funds reviewed by separate assessment panels. She helps ensure communities have access to meaningfully participate in the arts.
Mark holds an MSc in cellular biology and molecular genetics from Auckland University and an MBA from Deakin University in Melbourne. His experience includes Chief Executive roles with the Wellington-based New Zealand Veterinary Association and Crop and Food Research. His career achievements encompass research and development, high level partnerships and financial and business performance improvement.
Nilesh is the first person you’ll see when you visit the Innovation Quarter. She makes sure our team is operating efficiently and with focus. Her organisational and administrative skills ensure we get the most impact out of our work.Email Nilesh
Pahia Turia is from the Ngā Wairiki, Ngāti Apa, Whanganui and Ngā Rauru Kī Tahi whakapapa. He has been involved in Māori community development in the areas of health, justice, education and social housing for a number of years. Pahia holds a number of directorships on boards throughout the country.
He and his wife Njela own local businesses and have a keen interest in residential and commercial property.
Gaelle has an MBA from Southern Cross University, Australia and was previously CE of Manukau City’s economic development agency. She brings with her a wealth of experience in economic development and in-depth knowledge of central and local government processes and policies in economic development, employment, community and business development. Gaelle has strong governance experience and currently holds trustee positions with two community organisations delivering social services to their communities.
Susanne is a commercial advisor for innovation, growth and strategy consulting and Director of Gecko Advisory Limited. Susanne has held or holds positions in entrepreneurial management, commercialisation or governance with Wool Industry Research Ltd, NZ Wool Innovation Ltd, Croplogic Ltd, Kahne Limited, Living Cell Technologies Ltd, and internationally Minnesota Biosciences Council, Algos Therapeutics, Inc., and Cargill Inc.
Anne-Marie was born and raised in the Whanganui region and has extensive experience in sustainability, innovation, business development, management and growth. An experienced Maori Land Development Consultant, Anne-Marie served on the Ministerial Advisory Panel for the Maori Land Service in 2017. She also served on the Taranaki-Whanganui Conservation Board for six years and was the Kaiwhakahaere (General Manager) of the Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi Post Settlement Governance Entity – Te Kaahui o Rauru for over five years.
Phillip Bedford is currently employed as the CEO of the New Zealand International Commercial Pilot Academy. Prior to this he was Commanding Officer at the base headquarters at Ohakea. He has an MBA (with distinction) from Massey University and was involved in the initial working groups relating to the Regional Growth Study, which was then formalised as Accelerate 25, the Manawatu-Whanganui Economic Action Plan. He has held executive level management positions and served in governance roles including as a Trustee of the RNZAF Welfare Fund, Chair Base Leadership Group Ohakea and as a Trustee of the Carncot Independent School.
Stephen Lee is currently General Manager of Manuka Farming NZ Ltd. Prior to this he held positions in foreign affairs, trade and marketing. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Marketing from the University of Canterbury. In his current role he reports to the Board of Directors of Manuka Farming. He has also held the position of Chair of the Shepherd’s Arms Foundation, a charitable trust which runs a children’s home in the Philippines.
We partner with organisations, initiatives and local authorities to help us transform the Whanganui District, driving economic growth for all sectors.
In addition to our Key Iwi Partners, Tūpoho, Tamaūpoko, Hinengākau, Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi, Ngā Wairiki Ngāti Apa:
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