Tourism Bay of Plenty New Appointments

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Charles Russell

Ko Taranaki te maunga
Ko Patea te awa tapu
Ko Aotea me Pahitonoa nga waka
Ko Nga Rauru, Ngati Ruanui me Te Pakakohi nga iwi
Ko Tauranga Moana taku kainga tipu
Ko Charles Russell ahau

Tourism Bay of Plenty welcomes Charles Russell to the Board of Trustees. Charles is an Emerging Director with the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and has started a 12-month internship as a trustee at Tourism Bay of Plenty.
This follows the departure of inaugural Board intern Suki Xiao, after completing her term as the first appointee in Tauranga City Council’s CCO Board Intern Programme.

Charles has extensive experience in business management, logistics, and relationship management. He is a site manager at DMS Progrowers and has previously had roles at Opal and the Arataki Sports Club.
Charles is currently studying for a Master of Business Administration at the University of Waikato and has been inducted as a Kellogg Rural Leadership Scholar at Lincoln University.

Board Chair, Russ Browne, says Charles brings a passion for positive community outcomes, a strong Māori worldview, and a sustainability focus.

“Tourism Bay of Plenty embraces fresh thinking and recognises the value of supporting the next generation of local governance leaders.

“We wholeheartedly welcome the opportunity to host Charles and look forward to both mentoring and learning from him in the exciting and dynamic year that’s ahead for our tourism sector.

Andrea Webster

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Ko Tauranga te moana
Ko Ngai Te Rangi te iwi
Ko Mataatua te waka
Ko Ngai Tukairangi rāua ko Ngati Hē ōku hapū
Ko Hungahungatoroa raua ko Maungatapu ōku marae
Ko Te Kani Atamatea tōku tupuna
Ko Andrea Webster ahau

Andrea Webster has been appointed as the new mana whenua representative on the Tourism Bay of Plenty Board of Trustees.

Andrea has strong governance experience across a range of sectors involving Māori land trusts, post-settlement governance entities, education, and community organisations. She holds qualifications in teaching and social sciences and has a background in education and employment advocacy.

Tourism Bay of Plenty is a council-controlled organisation (CCO), which means Andrea’s appointment has been determined by Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council. Her two-year appointment has been endorsed by Te Rangapū Mana Whenua o Tauranga Moana.

In her spare time, Andrea enjoys spending time with friends and whānau, being outdoors, pottering around in the garden, and walking her dog.

Clare Swallow, Jason Hill

Meanwhile, long-standing Tourism Bay of Plenty trustee Clare Swallow has been appointed as Deputy Chair of the Board and trustee Jason Hill has been reappointed for a further year.

Clare has her own consultancy business, Mulberry St, assisting high-growth export organisations with strategy and culture design. She’s previously had management roles in the technology sector, she’s an Executive Fellow in Design Thinking with the University of Waikato’s MBA programme, she’s a board member at Forbury, and is currently participating in the Institute of Directors Mentoring for Diversity programme.

Jason is the managing director of two businesses in the tourism sector, Tourism Talent and Meneth Consulting, which utilise his extensive experience in domestic and international tourism. He has a strong strategy skill set and serves in multiple board and advisory positions aimed at supporting tourism, retail, and hospitality businesses to thrive.

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