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.

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.

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.

Ryan Welsh (WRMK Lawyers) - Board of Directors

Wellington born Ryan graduated from Victoria University with degrees in Law and Science.  Married to Rose they together have three children.

Fisheries research was the first career path but for the last 22 years has been a lawyer with the law firm WRMK Lawyers in Whangarei. In a voluntary capacity sits on the board of numerous community organisations in Northland.

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.

Ken Wilson (GT Advantage) - Board of Directors

Ken is a 5th generation Northlander, based in Whangarei and trading as GT Advantage, a specialist role within Gilmore Taylor Associates.

Ken has over 30 years Operations and General Management experience throughout New Zealand, in a broad range of business sectors including Dairy Industry, Pulp and Paper, Hospitality, Manufacturing and Contract Packing, and Economic Development.

Ken’s strengths include effective Change Management for companies, Team Performance and Culture, and Good Governance.

Ken is also an associate member of NZIM, a member of the Institute of Directors (IOD), and a judge for the Northland Business Excellence Awards. He also sits on many Advisory Boards for Northland Businesses.

Mike Kanji (2F2F Ltd) - Board of Directors

Mike is currently Chairman of the Kaikohe Business Association and been very successful in his role, establishing the thriving Kaikohe Business and Event Centre and working alongside NRC as part of their Water Project Advisory Group.

He has also been working for over 12 years Business Development Manager in the Auckland/Northland region for EC Credit Control NZ and enjoys supporting, safeguarding and building businesses.

Mike feels passionate about growing and promoting enterprise in the Far North and believes his position on the Board of NorthChamber would provide an opportunity to push this forward and make things happen.

 

Trevor Griffiths (Griffiths & Associates) - Board of Directors

Trevor is founding director and now Associate at Griffiths & Associates, a Civil Engineer by trade.

He has been based in Northland since 2000, born in Liverpool, he is called New Zealand home since 1984. During the long course of his engineering career has worked on some of the largest construction and infrastructure projects around New Zealand including locally the Te Matau a Pohe Bridge and Hatea Loop Walkway.

Trevor is a Fellow of NZIOB, a Chartered Building Professional and Registered Construction Manager. When he does get some downtime, he enjoys music, good food, wine and beer and supporting his beloved football team Everton FC.

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.

Denis Orme (Denis Orme Photography) - Board of directors

Resident of Paihia, having returned to NZ 3 years ago, my objective would be to lead expansion of geographic coverage for events and workshops on behalf of the chamber throughout the North.

I have international business experience including New Zealand, Australia, Samoa, New Caledonia, and USA. Business start-ups and turnarounds across a broad range of industries.

Heavily involved with Chambers of Commerce internationally, including leadership award winner for the Houston Chamber of Commerce.

Current Turner Centre Board member and business mentor for Business Mentors NZ. Previous board member for NZ Institute of Management, EMA and Fellow of Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Dr Maggie Buxton (AwhiWorld Ltd) - Board of directors

Dr Maggie Buxton – producer, facilitator, and consultant. She has extensive international experience in change facilitation, strategic development and cross boundary collaboration and innovation. She has worked with eco-village communities in West Africa, Latin America and North East Scotland, social enterprises in the UK, experimental designers and artists in Brussels, climate change initiatives in Beijing and Singapore and large political institutions in Europe.

In the last 12 years, (via her company AwhiWorld) she has become a NZ leader in working innovatively with technology to support places and communities. Her PhD was in Creative Technologies (AUT) and she also has a Master of Science in Organisational Development from Sheffield Business School.

Jeroen Jongejans (Dive! Tutukaka) - Board of directors

Jeroen is excited to be on the Board the Northland Chamber again.

Business is the engine room for society and should benefit communities in very many ways from employment to taxes being generated- Businesses to be successful need to be heard and supported.

I have been in business over 3 decades and fulfilled many roles from Conservation Boards, to District Councillor, Northland Inc director, Tourism Industry champion and many more roles- providing insights and networks that helps businesses thrive.

The “business Waka” needs some good paddlers on board to foil the Waka, I am excited to be able to work together with others to make this happen.