Tim Robinson (Bernina Northland) - President

Tim is co-owner and director of Bernina Northland Sewing Centre, Northland’s premium sewing machine sales and service centre, along with sewing and quilting supplies, dress fabrics, wool and sewing haberdashery. Tim is now working full-time in the business, after spending 33 years working in the ICT business with Spark NZ, formerly Gen-i & Telecom, working at the frontline with a range of companies, from small medium enterprise businesses to large local-based corporates, partnering with them to develop and implement innovative solutions to enhance their business performance. All these endeavours, and especially now with his own retail business, have provided him with an invaluable insight into the issues affecting business, in particular compliance.

On a personal level Tim was raised in Whangarei and attended Whangarei Boys High School. He is married to Sandy, has three 3 adult sons, and is a self-professed lover of all sports involving water. Skiing, fishing, just basically getting wet fills his family leisure time. Tim is currently the Secretary of the Kai Iwi Lakes Water-ski Club and has served on the Board of Trustees for Whangarei Boys High School, where he was Chairman for 5 years.

Tim has been a serving board member of the Chamber for over 15 years, was Vice President for 6 years and President in 2009 & then as immediate past president the following year. He brings to the Chamber Board a sound understanding of business, governance, and relationship management, plus a real affinity for the uniqueness of doing business in the regional environment. Tim also provides ongoing board succession and continuity of board development.

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

It has been an honour to be part of the Chamber of Commerce and the past two years as a Chamber Board member has been incredibly inspiring. We are lucky to have such a talented group of business men and women working hard on behalf of 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 so that my 3 sons can enjoy 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 (Gilmore Taylor Associates Limited previously Gilmore Brown Ltd) – Treasurer Danny attended Kamo High School and completed his Business Management degree, majoring in Accountancy at Northland Polytechnic in 2002. He has been working for Gilmore Brown Ltd/ Gilmore Taylor Associates Limited since 2003.

Prior to being employed as an accountant Danny worked on deep sea fishing boats around New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands. And after leaving school also worked as a builder.

His experience at Gilmore Taylor Associates Limited has helped him to develop a keen interest in helping businesses to grow. And he enjoys helping clients achieve their goals.

Danny is an Associate at Gilmore Taylor Associates Limited, with 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’ll say it’s helping people. Whether it’s showing clients how to understand accounts or helping them understand how to overcome problems in their businesses, he explains things in simple, plain-English terms.

He is committed to developing Northland as a place to do business and is enthusiastic about helping other people achieve success.

Jeremy has been an accountant for the past 17 years at Plus Chartered Accountants, based in Whangarei.  He holds trustee roles for various charitable trusts around town and also 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 different perspective on the future that being a parent can offer.

In his spare time he enjoys kickboxing – but don’t worry, he’s very approachable.

Ryan Welsh (WRMK Lawyers) - Board of Directors

Originally from Wellington Ryan has now firmly settled in Northland after having moved here 13 years ago to practice law. Ryan graduated from Victoria University with degrees in Law and Science. Prior to practising law Ryan was involved in fisheries management that dealt with research into New Zealand’s commercial fishing stocks. Ryan is married to Rose and together they have three young children.

Ryan is currently an associate with the law firm WRMK Lawyers (formerly Webb Ross McNab Kilpatrick) and practices in areas of law that constantly bring him in to contact with a wide cross-section of business people who operate in a broad range of enterprises. The experience gained from acting for these commercial clients provides an insight into the issues that business people face. This area of law brings Ryan into contact with not only the client but also many other professionals including accountants, valuers, financial advisers, surveyors to name a few, as well as local and central government agencies. Ryan has built up an extensive network of contacts with whom he has a very good rapport.
Ryan in a voluntary capacity also sits on the board of numerous community organisations in Northland.

Ryan has a strong interest in the local economic development of Northland and considers that a robust and sustainable regional economy helps build strong communities. Visionary leadership within Northland will also be pivotal to its success. As a result of his scientific background and experience Ryan considers that new and innovative ideas need support which goes hand in hand with an environment that fosters research and development.

Murray Broadbelt (Employer Services) - Board of Directors

Murray is the Managing Director of Employer Services Ltd, an employment relations consultancy based in Whangarei.

The Company’s client base extends as far as Invercargill but maintains a strong Northland presence from its offices in Maunu Rd, Whangarei.

Prior to establishing Employer Services Ltd in 2002, Murray spent 6 years serving employers and businesses throughout Northland as manager of the Employers and Manufacturers Association’s Northland office.
Murray has previously been a Board member and Vice President of the Northland Chamber.

Murray is in his second four year term as a Trustee of Foundation North (formerly the ASB Community Trust) and is also a Trustee of the Northland Emergency Services Trust (Northland’s Rescue Helicopters).

Tony Shi (Switch MSP) - Board of Directors

Tony founded his first business Orbitcoms Ltd in Whangarei in 2002 and has been in ownership and leadership role since. Currently, Tony is the managing director of Switch MSP, a successful Whangarei based Managed IT Services Provider.

Tony has accumulated vast experience and knowledge in sales/marketing and business management. The background of his migrating from China over 18 years ago also enables him to bring a different cultural perspective to business and life in general. The most notable accolade to date is winning the 2014 Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards Small Business Category (prior to re-branding, as Northcom ICT)

Tony believes in “vibrant businesses, vibrant community”, and recognises the importance of the role Chamber plays in the local business and wider community. He is confident that he is able to add value by getting involved in the chamber governing body and contributing to its members’ success.

Ken Wilson (GT Advantage) - Board of Directors

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

Ken has over 30 years hands-on Operations and General Management experience throughout New Zealand, and across a broard range of business sectors including NZ Dairy Industry, Pulp and Paper, Hospitality, Manufacturing and Contract Packing, and Economic Development.

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

Ken sits on the Board of the Northland Chamber of Commerce, 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 a large number of Advisory Board for Northland Businesses.

Phil Alexander-Crawford (LLB, BAM, MIndSt) (NorthTec Polytechnic (Tai Tokerau Wananga)) - Board of Directors

(Ngati Rehia, Ngati Hine, Ngapuhi, Scottish, English)

Philip is Director of Development at NorthTec leading student recruitment, business development and Government Investment. Most recently, he was sponsor of the Tai Tokerau Regional Investment Plan that looks to improve access to and outcomes for learners in Northland.

His board and governance experience includes 7 years on the Kamo High School BOT, Northland Rugby League and work in Wellington with the Tertiary Education Commission and NZQA. He has also been a member of Ako Aotearoa Northern Hub Advisory Board for the last 4 years..

Philip is committed to seeing Tai Tokerau prosper and grow.

With his wife Nicki they have 4 children –two of whom are finishing their study in Wellington and two that are at Kamo High School.

Fiona Taylor (Flat Lands Ranch Ltd) - Board of Directors

My name is Fiona Taylor. I have resided in Whangarei since 2003. I live with my husband, and we have a blended family. My husband has operated his business in Whangarei for 30+ years.

I have lived in the North for most of my life, apart from a few roles in New Plymouth and Auckland during my working career. In the 80’s I worked alonside my parents businesses in Kaikohe. I have operated my own successful businesses in both Kaikohe, New Plymouth and Whangarei.

I have a Bachelor of Applied Management, Certificate in Adult Teaching and a great deal of experience in management, sales and training. I have worked within government agencies and held positions on Board of Trustees over the years.

I believe connecting with businesses, communities and people is where it starts. I would like to bring my passion and drive, as a new Board member.

Mike Kanji (EC Credit Control NZ) - 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’s 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 Director of Griffiths & Associates, a Civil Engineer by trade and has been based in Northland since 2000.

A native Englishman born in Liverpool, he’s called New Zealand home since 1984 and during the long course of his engineering career has worked on some of the largest construction and infrastructure projects around New Zealand.

Locally Trevor has been involved with many of Whangarei’s high profile projects, for example the Te Matau a Pohe Bridge and Hatea Loop Walkway.

As a busy Director of Griffiths & Associates, he currently has 85 projects on the books with a combined value of over $100 million.

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 (WRMK Lawyers) - Board of Directors

 

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

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

My relationship with business owners throughout the North, government agency representatives and local government will be an asset for Northchamber.

I have been a board member and president of Northchamber and have represented a large number of Northland community and business organisations.

I am a director of a business that is a large employer with offices in Whangarei, Kerikeri and Dargaville. I am a property and business lawyer.

I have been part of a campaign for better transport links, diversification of our economy and a huge increase in investment in Northland. In 2019 I ran a campaign for Mayor of Whangarei with very substantial business support.