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Expressions of Interest – Bay of Connections Leadership Group member

Expressions of interest are being sought for an experienced business leader to be appointed to the Bay of Connections Leadership Group.

Bay of Connections is an economic development catalyst for the wider Bay of Plenty region. Its role is to connect the dots and advance tactical projects across the Bay of Plenty, with the goal of delivering regional, transformational and long-term benefits. Its targeted approach involves working alongside local areas, helping ensure alignment where it makes sense, minimising the potential for duplication and providing thought leadership where required.

Bay of Connections provides a framework for Regional Economic Development for the wider Bay of Plenty region. It is small and agile, allowing for quick, relevant responses to a dynamic operational environment, and is empowered to ensure decisions and implementation can happen quickly.

Function of the Leadership Group
The Bay of Connections Leadership Group is a skills-based independent advisory group whose core functions are to:

• Set direction on regional economic development activities, aligned to Bay of Connections’ key focus areas: Infrastructure, Workforce, Maori Economic Development and the transition to a Low Carbon Circular Economy
• Provide a valuable link between key stakeholders, sub-regional EDAs, industry, and local and central government to create a shared understanding of regional and sub-regional economic development priorities
• Identify challenges and opportunities that require regional conversations
• Actively lead a change in thinking to support better cross-region decision making on matters of sustainable regional economic development
• Assist in achieving regional economic development outcomes that benefit the wider Bay of Plenty and its communities.

The Leadership Group comprises the following membership:

• An elected Chairperson
• Three to five regional business leaders

Member appointments are made for a term of up to three years, with the option to apply for reappointment. Leadership Group members are remunerated for their contribution.

The Bay of Connections Leadership Group Terms of Reference are available here.

Members’ responsibilities
Leadership Group members provide advice on priority focus areas, guidance on actions and strategy, and support on specific projects as required.

In addition to attending quarterly meetings, Leadership Group members are expected to participate in stakeholder engagement activities such as Bay of Connections-led workshops and annual forum, as required.

Appointee Profile:
Trust, credibility and impact (which requires implementation) are critical to the success of Bay of Connections; members appointed to the Leadership Group require specific skills.

Key attributes required for success:

• Relationship builder, eager to engage with people
• Effective communicator, able to listen and communicate in ways that build rapport
• Thought leader, able to kick through barriers and provide thoughtful solutions to problems
• An understanding of governance issues
• An understanding of the wider interests of the publicly-accountable local and central government stakeholders
• An enthusiasm for the economic development of the Bay of Plenty
• A high standard of personal integrity
• The ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively within a team and with stakeholders.

To complement the current balance of skills and experience within the Leadership Group, the following skills and attributes are desirable:

• Strong linkages into business and industry sectors across the Bay of Plenty
• Leadership and/or governance experience in the entrepreneurship and innovation space, possibly with a technology/future focus interest
• Familarity with Māori business and governance arrangements and the potential for greater growth and inclusion in the wider economy
• Specific knowledge and experience in one or more of the Bay of Plenty’s key industry sectors
• Able to understand global and national trends, and their potential to impact on our economic future.

For expressions of interest please email a CV and cover letter to Namouta Poutasi, General Manager Strategy & Science, Bay of Plenty Regional Council at

For any questions or enquiries contact Dean Howie, Programme Manager - Regional Economic Development, Bay of Connections on 027 208 5839 or

For more information about Bay of Connections please visit our website.

Expressions of interests are open until 5:00pm Wednesday 31 March 2021.

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