Ron Devlin – Chairperson
Ron is employed with the New Zealand Fire and Emergency, where he holds the rank of Assistant National Commander, with management and command responsibilities for the Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Tairawhiti (Gisborne) regions.
New Zealand Fire and Emergency is a large crown entity with a public service focus which operates collaboratively across central and local government agency as well private sector organisations to deliver services to the community
Ron has resided in Tauranga since 1998, and is very proud of the fact that the region is one where growth is encouraged and assisted by both business and government leaders together.
Mark Whitworth – Vice Chair
Mark has been with the Port of Tauranga for 7 years and has a background of 12 years in the stevedoring and vessel operational area. Previous to this, he had 5 plus years in the meat industry.
With an extensive background in Exporting and Logistics, his role as Cargo Services Manager sees him interacting with exporters and importers on a daily basis as well as overseeing on-port logistics and movement of cargo. He enjoys the challenge of finding solutions to exporter’s problems that enhance the logistics supply chain, minimize cost and maximize efficiency and service.
Simon Darmody – Vice Chair
Having lived in Tauranga for the last 16 years Simon knows what a fantastic place it is to live, work and raise a family. Simon is currently the Wholesale Supply and Reconciliation Manager at Trustpower and has had a variety of roles at Trustpower including trading and risk management, carbon trading, and various analyst roles. Simon has a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Management) from the University of Otago and is currently President of the Tauranga Property Investors Association (TPIA).
Simon is an experienced professional with a depth of experience in working with teams to solve complex commercial problems. Simon is passionate about the Bay of Plenty region and would like to use his skills to contribute to the business community.
Clare is currently the Area Commercial Manager for Westpac and has been a Judge for the Westpac Business Awards around the country.
With 30+ years banking experience in the Small Medium Enterprise, Mid-Market, Property and Agriculture sectors, Clare has a comprehensive understanding of issues businesses face. Clare is passionate about fostering a strong Business Community and sees that the Chamber has a key role in this vibrant growing region.
You may recognise me from the many Chamber events I attend as I am an active supporter of the Chamber, with over a decade’s worth of Ba5s under my belt.
I understand the value of being a Chamber member and will zealously represent small business interests in my position as a Board Member. I am innovative and forward thinking at BizStar, and will bring that perspective to the Board, looking to add real value for each and every member, with an eye to future planning.
Since moving to Tauranga from Hawkes Bay 3 years ago, Gail has been an active member of the Chamber and her Tough Conversations workshops regularly feature on the Chamber’s training timetable.
She has been in business for 19 years and her expertise lies in helping business owners and leaders to build happier, healthier workplace cultures by reducing toxic behaviours and improving well-being. She believes that developing strong relationships and celebrating diversity is the key to creating a robust, connnected and inclusive business community.
Gail has also been a member of Rotary, a Young Enterprise Scheme mentor and has run stress management and confidence building workshops for teen parents.
Glen Lindsay – Treasurer
Glen is a Chartered Accountant with both Public Practice and Commercial experience. He grew up in Tauranga, returning in 2015 having worked in Auckland followed by time in the UK.
An Associate at Young Read Woudberg Chartered Accountants, Glen is passionate about supporting clients’ financial needs whether for in-house accounting systems, compliance income tax issues or special project work. Glen enjoys metaphorically rolling up his sleeves and getting involved.
Glen is totally invested in using his professional expertise to support a prosperous local business community.
Leanne is passionate about good governance with 8.5 years’ experience, predominantly chairing, in the Education sector.
Her 25-year healthcare career has seen her working in hospital leadership roles. Most recently she worked in Technology as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Counties Manukau Health. Leanne’s colleagues describe her as experienced in Technology and Risk, a relationship builder, problem solver and customer experience champion. She describes herself as naturally curious and a lifelong learner. She is active in the local community with governance and business mentoring roles with small and not for profits businesses.
Dr Leon Fourie
Dr Leon Fourie is the Chief Executive of Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, the Bay of Plenty’s largest tertiary provider.
Leon has extensive experience in strategic stakeholder engagement, as well as leading the implementation of large scale business transformation programmes globally.
Leon’s PhD is in the design and development of training programmes, he has a Masters in performance management and in 2015 received the Woolf Fisher Fellowship scholarship and completed Harvard University’s Senior Executive Educational Leadership programme.
Passionate about education opportunities for all learners, Leon sees significant value in collaborative partnerships that enrich our local communities.
He also serves on various boards both locally and nationally.
Sam is a senior lawyer at Holland Beckett and has recently returned home from the UK. He and his family have strong ties to Tauranga business – some as business owners and others working with established organisations. Sam is enthusiastic about contributing to the success and development of businesses and the community that supports them.
Sam is a commercial lawyer with experience working for a wide range of businesses, large and small, in relation to local, national and international transactions. He has a keen interest in helping people and businesses with good ideas to grow.
Steve Wagstaff is Managing Director of Pure Print. He has been a Chamber member for 17 years and has been actively involved in Chamber activities including regularly attending BA5s and using training and mentoring services.
Having grown Pure Print from 4 to 18 staff, he has a great understanding of how to operate and grow a successful business.
Outside business, he has been involved with many sporting and networking groups, interacting with a wide section of the community.
Tom is a Chartered Accountant and a Director of Ingham Mora. He grew up in Tauranga and having moved back home in 2016 is excited to contribute to the region’s growth. Most of his clients are local SME’s so he has a firm grounding in the local business scene. He will contribute drive, strategic thinking and the benefit of 15 years accounting experience in NZ and around the globe.
He participates in the community through acting as Treasurer of Downtown Tauranga and the Bethlehem College Hockey Club. He is also an active part of two local business networking groups.