Changes at the top

BOP organisations gear-up for a big 2024

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Brendan Macpherson

Jenkins Freshpac Systems has appointed Brendan Macpherson as General Manager.

Brendan joined Jenkins in February 2020 leading the automation sales division and has achieved tremendous success in driving growth in post-harvest equipment sales.

Outgoing GM, Jamie Lunam is enthusiastic about the appointment. “Having hired and worked alongside Brendan for the last few years I am excited by the attributes he is bringing to the role and the fresh perspective he will provide.

As I move onto the next stage of my career after seven years at Jenkins, it is heartening to be leaving the business in such capable hands.”

Mark Wynne, Fraser Whinnera, David Fear

On 18 August Quayside Holding Limited (Quayside) announced the appointment by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) of three independent directors to the board of Quayside for a three-year period.

Quayside is a council-controlled trading organisation of the BOPRC. They welcomed David Fear, Mark Wynne and Fraser Whineray to Quayside from 1 October 2023.

David Fear has most recently been the managing director, head of markets for Jarden Securities, a leading Australasian wealth management and investment banking firm. While at Jarden, David held senior roles across its institutional, private wealth and investment banking businesses.

Across a 40 year career in financial markets, David has also held a series of senior roles working in Australia, Hong Kong, Tokyo and New York for Citigroup and ANZ Securities, providing a wealth of experience in the investment sector and beyond, which is well suited to Quayside’s mandate.

Fraser Whineray, who was most recently the chief operating officer at Fonterra, comes from a strong venture capital and investment background, as well as numerous senior executive roles including CEO of Mercury. Fraser has also held governance roles with Tilt Renewables and Opus International Consultants (now WSP) and is an independent director of AgriZero.
Quayside says his blend of investment, senior executive and governance experience strengthens their governance capability.

Mark Wynne has held a series of Director roles across the health and tech industries and is currently concluding his role as CEO of Ballance Agri-Nutrients New Zealand after nine years.

Mark has also previously held senior executive positions at Fonterra, Kimberly-Clark and the New Zealand Dairy Board. Mark is well connected to the Bay of Plenty region and beyond, providing sound insight into both the challenges our region faces, as well as our opportunities.

Sir Robert McLeod KNZM, current chair and independent director of Quayside concludes his tenure on 31 October 2023. Sir Robert’s contribution over the last seven years has seen Quayside’s assets more than double to $3.2 billion (June 2022) and total dividend to the BOPRC grow to $430 million (June 2023).

Brett Hewlett also ends his tenure on 31 October 2023 as an Independent Director, part of the governance team that has championed significant growth for Quayside and the community since November 2017.

The Quayside Board will appoint a new Chair which will be announced in due course.

Richard Faire

Tourism Bay of Plenty has a new team member to mark the start of spring. They welcome Richard Faire as new Head of Strategy and Insights. Richard comes straight from a tourism product development role at Whakatāne District Council, which is one of Tourism Bay of Plenty’s key funders.

Richard previously spent more than 20 years working in advertising. He then founded and operated a successful adventure tourism business in the Ruapehu District, before selling that to shift to the Bay of Plenty with his family.

Richard recently completing an MBA with distinction through The University of Waikato. He firmly believes in tourism being an enabler for regional growth and wellbeing.

Nick Davies

Rotorua-based Nick Davies was recently promoted to director at local firm Cheal Consultants. Cheal Consultants was established in 1940 in Taupo, and now has 80 staff across six offices in Taupo, Rotorua, Hamilton, Napier, Ohakune and Taumarunui.

Nick has been in the game for around 30 years, accumulating a wealth of experience and expertise that time. Nick has had 16 years’ experience in Rotorua, having joined Canmap Hawley in 2007 which was bought and incorporated into Cheal in April 2014.

Nick’s appointment as Director comes at a time when businesses are having to consider their own contributions to sustainability, and he says those at a leadership and governance level will need to think not only about the recommendations they are making to clients, but what they’re also doing in their own business practices.

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