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We have an experienced and talented team brimming with enthusiasm for Northland and its economic growth potential.

Our office is in the Whangarei CBD, however our team live as far as Auckland and the Bay of Islands. We all work to progress the Northland economy by facilitating business growth, supporting innovation, attracting investment and visitors; making this beautiful region an exciting place to live, grow, learn and prosper.

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Leadership Team

Dr. David Wilson Chief Executive Officer
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Dr. David Wilson

David has been leading Northland Inc since September 2013. David holds a BA in psychology and social policy, a Masters in Public Policy with first class honours and a PhD in regional development. He is a fellow of the Economic Development Association of New Zealand and in September 2015 was appointed Chair of EDANZ. He is looking forward to working within Northland and with other regions to improve regional development policy and practice in New Zealand.

Contact details:

Emaildavid.wilson@northlandnz.com
Phone+64 9 438 5110
Mobile+64 21 763 085
Vaughan Cooper General Manager, Investment & Infrastructure
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Vaughan Cooper

Vaughan is responsible for facilitating investment proposals through the Investment and Growth Reserve and supporting key infrastructure projects that benefit the region.

Contact details:

Emailvaughan.cooper@northlandnz.com
Phone+64 9 438 9175
Mobile+64 27 470 1051
Joseph Stuart General Manager, Business Innovation & Growth
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Joseph Stuart

Joseph oversees the Business Development Strategy for Northland Inc that incorporates the Regional Business Partnership with NZTE and Callaghan Innovation. His specialist areas are high value manufacturing and growth, capital raising, exporting and technology innovation.

Contact details:

Emailjoseph.stuart@northlandnz.com
Phone+64 9 438 2842
Mobile+64 21 977 706
Paul Davis General Manager, Regional Promotions & Tourism
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Paul Davis

Responsible for leading Northland Inc's Regional Promotions and Tourism Team programme, Paul ensures that Northland is promoted on a national and international scale.

Contact details:

Emailpaul.davis@northlandnz.com
Phone+64 9 438 3651
Mobile+64 22 060 7571
George Riley General Manager, Maori Economic Development
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George Riley

George's role reinforces an improved focus on growing the Northland Maori economy with a view to generating sustainable employment and increased prosperity. He works alongside of the Business Innovation and Growth team to deliver support to Maori enterprises available from within the region and from central government, as part of the Regional Business Partnership with NZTE and Callaghan Innovation.

Contact details:

Emailgeorge.riley@northlandnz.com
Phone+64 9 438 6092
Mobile+64 27 245 2001
Jude Thompson Portfolio Manager, Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan
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Jude Thompson

Jude is responsible for the portfolio management of the Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan (Action Plan) which encompasses multiple projects that together will contribute to transforming Northland’s economy. Jude has a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors and an extensive knowledge of regional stakeholders, Maori, local and central government.

Contact details:

Emailjude.thompson@northlandnz.com
Mobile+64 21 445 504

Northland Inc Team

David Templeton Business Growth Manager
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David Templeton

David works with Northland businesses facilitating access to support available from within the region and from central government, as part of the Regional Business Partnership with NZTE and Callaghan Innovation. David’s specialists areas are early stage growth, food and wine and business sustainability.

Contact details:

Emaildavid.templeton@northlandnz.com
Phone+64 9 438 7545
Mobile+64 27 248 2164
Derryn Mawson Business Growth Manager
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Derryn Mawson

Derryn works with Northland businesses facilitating access to support available from within the region and from central government, as part of the Regional Business Partnership with NZTE and Callaghan Innovation. Her specialist areas are early stage business development, digital and innovation.

Contact details:

Emailderryn.mawson@northlandnz.com
Phone+64 9 438 1645
Mobile+64 22 641 5246
Pete Gleeson Business Growth Advisor - Investment
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Pete Gleeson

Pete works here at Northland Inc and at the Whangarei District Council with businesses across Northland that are looking for investors to take their company to the next level. He also facilitates business relocations to the region and is key in connecting local and international investors with strategic investment opportunities. Pete’s specialist area is building relationships between the appropriate parties to facilitate direct investment.

Contact details:

EmailPeter.gleeson@northlandnz.com
Phone+64 9 438 5110
Mobile+64 27 465 5273
Tammy Fromont Corporate Services Manager
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Tammy Fromont

As Corporate Services Manager for the organisation, Tammy's role also includes Financial Management and Human Resources.

Contact details:

Emailtammy.fromont@northlandnz.com
Phone+64 9 438 3247
Mobile+64 27 490 2986
Sarah Yeates Channel Manager - Digital
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Sarah Yeates

Sarah manages Northland Inc's tourism publications, website, social media, content and image requests.

Contact details:

Emailsarah.yeates@northlandnz.com
Phone+64 9 438 4307
Mobile+64 27 555 3287
Karly Bent Tourism Trade Manager
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Karly Bent

Karly is responsible for managing the Northland Tourism desk, which key function is dealing with media, trade, conference, content and event opportunities and also responding to general enquiries about tourism in the region.

Contact details:

Emailkarly.bent@northlandnz.com
Phone+64 438 5110
Mobile+64 27 807 0771
Kayla Tattley Community Activator, The Orchard
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Kayla Tattley

Kayla’s role here at Northland Inc is to run our collaborative workspace, The Orchard. Kayla brings passion and vision to the Community Activator role and looks forward to developing a supportive co-working space to bring entrepreneurs, finance, research and innovation together.

Contact details:

Emailkayla@theorchard.co.nz
Phone+64 9 438 5110
Mobile+64 21 846 185
Maria Low Content and Communications Manager
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Maria Low

Maria manages the public relations and communications for Northland Inc, including production of content for external communications and programme delivery across all media channels.

Contact details:

Emailmaria.low@northlandnz.com
Mobile+64 278 360 556
Codie McIntyre Business Analyst
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Codie McIntyre

As Business Analyst at Northland Inc, Codie is responsible for supporting the development of robust business and investment plans for the economic development of Northland.

Contact details:

Emailcodie.mcintyre@northlandnz.com
Phone+64 9 459 7671
Mobile+64 27 202 7987
Luke Beehre Project Manager - Extension 350
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Luke Beehre

Luke is responsible for ensuring the 350 Extension initiative is well lead & executed on behalf of MPI, NRC, Dairy NZ, Beef+Lamb and Northland Inc. His specialist areas include agricultural project management, finance & farming.

Contact details:

Emailluke.beehre@northlandnz.com
Mobile+64 27 544 7839
Amy Barclay Front Of House
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Amy Barclay

Amy recently graduated with a bachelor of international tourism management with a major in hospitality. Her role here at Northland Inc is Front of House. Amy values working positively in a team and brings a fun friendly attitude to the organisation.

Contact details:

Emailwelcome@northlandnz.com
Phone+64 9 438 5110
Mobile+64 27 451 6957
Jiveen MacGillivray Growth Advisor
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Jiveen MacGillivray

Jiveen is a Growth Advisor, working with Northland business owners and managers to grow their businesses, often involving export, technology or R&D projects.

Contact details:

Emailjiveen.macgillivray@northlandnz.com
Phone09 430 2175
Mobile027 203 5830

Our Board

Karleen Everitt Chair
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Karleen Everitt

Karleen has extensive networks both nationally and regionally in the Māori economic space and is proud to call Tai Tokerau home. She also serves on NorthTec Council and is the CEO and Founder of her own company Manaaki Solutions Ltd.

Contact details:

Emailtammy.fromont@northlandnz.com
Phone+64 9 438 5110
Jeroen Jongejans Deputy Chair
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Jeroen Jongejans

Jeroen was instrumental in creating full Marine Reserve status for the Poor Knights Islands and purchased and sank two RNZ Navy ships to create artificial reefs.

Contact details:

Emailtammy.fromont@northlandnz.com
Phone+64 9 438 5110
Irene Durham Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee
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Irene Durham

​Irene Durham’s broad business experience spans, law, finance, investment advisory, business coaching and consulting.

Contact details:

Emailtammy.fromont@northlandnz.com
Phone+64 9 438 5110
Sarah Petersen Director and Chair of Audit and Risk Committee
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Sarah Petersen

Accountant since 2002 and experience within private practice, Sarah is also a member of the Professional Conduct Committee for the New Zealand, and trustee for Make-A-Wish New Zealand.

Contact details:

Emailtammy.fromont@northlandnz.com
Phone+64 9 438 5110
Warren Moyes Director
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Warren Moyes

Warren has had extensive experience in corporate governance, and has held various Chairman, Councillor and Committee Member positions within the Mt Albert City Council, over the period of 1980 to 1989.

Contact details:

Emailtammy.fromont@northlandnz.com
Phone+64 9 438 5110