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

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Andrea Blair
Enterprise Great Lake Taupō/Co-Chair

Graeme Marshall
Western Bay Business/Co-Chair

Riri Ellis
Māori Business

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Jean-Paul Gaston
Rotorua Economic Development Advisory Group

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Lionel Crawley
Collaboration BOP

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Julian Elder
Rotorua Business

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Tamarapa Lloyd
Maori Business

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Kay Read
Senior Regional Official – MBIE

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Eastern Bay Business

 

Management Group

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Jacky James
Bay of Connections Communications/Interim Chair

Cheryl Lewis
Bay of Connections Portfolio Manger

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Greg Simmonds
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Francis Pauwels
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Michelle Templer
Rotorua Economic Development Ltd

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Jackie Healey
Assistant Portfolio Manager

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Kylie Hawker-Green
Enterprise Great Lake Taupō CEO

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MPI

Shontelle Bishara
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MBIE

 
 

Action Leads

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John Galbraith
Aquaculture

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Greg Simmonds
Education & Skills

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Andrea Blair
Geothermal

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Awhina August
Māori Land Utilisation

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Nicki Johnston
Horticulture

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Water

Michael Hancock
Visitor Economy