Tim Robinson (Bernina Northland) - President

Tim is co-owner and director of Bernina Northland Sewing Centre following 33 years in ICT with Spark NZ/Gen-I, partnering with customers for innovative solutions to enhance business performance. These endeavours, and especially his retail business, have provided an invaluable insight into the issues affecting business.

He was raised in Whangarei and attended WBHS. Currently Secretary of the Kai Iwi Lakes Water-ski Club and former chair of the Board of Trustees for Whangarei Boys High School.

Tim has served the Chamber Board for over 15 years, in position of Director, Vice President and President. Tim brings sound business, governance, and relationship management, in the regional environment, plus board succession and continuity.

Jeremy Tauri (Plus Chartered Accountants) - Immediate Past President

If you ask Jeremy Tauri what he likes most about his job, he will say it is helping people. Whether it is helping people understand their accounts or how to achieve success in business, he explains things in simple, plain-English terms.

Jeremy has been an accountant 21 years at Plus Chartered Accountants, in Whangarei.  He is a trustee of the Hihiaua cultural centre and writes a column for NZME regional newspapers.

Jeremy grew up in Kaikohe but moved to Whangarei to study when he was 18. He now has young children and enjoys the perspectives on the future that being a parent can offer.

Sue Walters (Northland Scaffolding) - Board of Directors and Vice President

It is an honour to be part of the Chamber of Commerce board.   Northland is lucky to have a talented group of businesspeople working hard for our region’s economy. The networking opportunities that are available through the Chamber are an excellent way to connect with fellow business owners.

Whangarei has always been my home and I Love it Here! I have a genuine passion to see our city and region grow and prosper; to be an exciting and vibrant place to live where there are both traditional and innovative job opportunities and where the community looks after it’s own.

Danny Douglas (Gilmore Taylor Associates Limited) - Treasurer

Danny Douglas (Partner at Gilmore Taylor Associates Limited) – Treasurer Danny is Northland educated and trained. He has been working for in the accounting industry since 2003.

Prior to being employed as an accountant Danny worked various jobs in different industries.

His experience at Gilmore Taylor Associates Limited has helped to develop a keen interest in helping businesses to grow and achieve their goals.

Danny has a special interest in business advisory services and works with business owners from a wide range of Northland business sectors including:

  • farming and agriculture,
  • construction,
  • retailing and wholesaling,
  • professional sectors.

Murray Broadbelt (Employer Services Limited) - Board of Directors

Murray is the Managing Director of Employer Services Ltd established in 2002, an employment relations consultancy based in Whangarei. Prior to this Murray spent 6 years serving employers and businesses throughout Northland as manager of the Employers and Manufacturers Association’s Northland office.

Employer Services Ltd client base extends as far as Invercargill but maintains a strong Northland presence from its offices in Maunu Rd, Whangarei.

Murray is currently a Trustee/Board Member of the Northland Emergency Services Trust (Northland Rescue Helicopters) and was a Trustee/Board Member of Foundation North (formerly the ASB Community Trust) for eight years until 2020.

Tony Savage (Savage Law) - Board of Directors

Northchamber takes a leading role in the economic transformation of Northland.

My background and skills help Northchamber continue to be very effective in advancing business in Northland and making sure we maximise all the opportunities available to our region.

I have been part of a campaign for better transport links, diversification of our economy and a huge increase in investment in Northland.

Natalie Blandford (Project Apōpō) - Board of directors

Natalie Blandford Managing Director and Senior Project Manager, Project Apōpō.

Natalie is a Northland local with more than 18 years of experience working on construction and infrastructure projects in consultancy, local government and central government organisations.  Tribally affiliated to Ngapuhi and Ngai Tahu, Natalie was previously a member of the Hokianga Health Enterprise Trust Board and is now based in Kerikeri leading a team delivering construction project consultancy services for client projects all over Northland.   Natalie has had a diverse career to date, including in hospitality management, with military service in the Royal Australian Navy,  environmental science and town planning, and construction project management.  Natalie founded Project Apōpō to help her clients achieve broader outcomes for their construction sector projects.

Janine Abernethy (Marsden Metals Group Ltd) - Board of directors

Janine Abernethy General Manager of MMGroup  – Marsden Metals  and Marsden Waste.

We are committed to serving our community and to supporting the prosperity of our community through growth in the economics of our region.

As the General Manager I have structured our team so that I can spend around 20% of my work day focused on the big picture of how good business in Northland will support the goal of making Northland a wonderful  place to work and live.

I have experience as a board member in both private enterprise and Government Policy areas.

Darrell Trigg (Trigg Construction Ltd) - Board of directors

Darrell’s governance journey began over twenty years ago as a Director of Trigg Construction Ltd. From there Darrell realised the value of best practice governance and became a Director of the Auckland Registered Master Builders Assn. from there Darrell has been involved in multiple advisory roles across the NZ built environment. The four directorship he currently holds, draw on that experience to add real value to each organisation.

Darrell’s strengths lie in practical solutions, best practice governance and not being frightened to wade into the heavy stuff to get the correct outcome for the business.