People

Bay of Connections is led by a Governance Group of business leaders representing industry, economic development agencies (EDAs), Maori business and local and central government. It has three business representatives, four EDA representatives, two Maori business representatives, a local and a central government representative and the Chair of Collaboration Bay of Plenty Economic Group.

The Management Group oversees the implementation of decisions and actions, and consists of members from Bay of Plenty Regional Council, the region's EDAs and central government.

Overall management is provided by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, while each industry-led strategy is supported by an industry action group. Bay of Connections works closely with regional partners.

Its framework is also well recognised at central government level, having established a solid working relationship with the likes of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE), Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), particularly through the Bay of Plenty Regional Growth Programme.

Governance Group

Doug Leeder
Governance Group Chair
BOP Regional Council Chair

Anthony Olsen
Māori Business

Andrea Blair
Enterprise Great Lake Taupō

Bryce Heard
Rotorua Business

Graeme Marshall
Western Bay Business

Jacob Kajavala
Eastern Bay Business

Riri Ellis
Māori Business

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Paul Stocks
MBIE

Lionel Crawley
Collaboration BOP

Greg Simmonds
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Jean-Paul Gaston
Rotorua Economic Development Advisory Group

 

Management Group

Fiona McTavish
Management Group Chair
BOP Regional Council

Cheryl Lewis
Bay of Connections Portfolio Manger

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Greg Simmonds
Priority One

Francis Pauwels
Toi-EDA

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Michelle Templer
Rotorua Economic Development Ltd

Jacky James
Bay of Connections Communications

Jackie Healey
Bay of Connections Support

 

Action Leads

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Warwick Murray
Agribusiness

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John Galbraith
Aquaculture

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Greg Simmonds
Education & Skills
Horticulture

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Bryce Heard
Forestry & Wood Products

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Andy Blair
Geothermal

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Awhina August
Māori Land Utilisation

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Andrew Wilson
Visitor Economy

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Ian Morton
Water