Pahia Turia, Chair
Pahia Turia is well known to many in Whanganui and brings a wealth of experience in governance and business management. Currently a consultant to Taipak Development Limited, Pahia continues to work with Appliance Repair Care Ltd, Parliamentary Services, Ngati Rangiwhakaturia, Taumata Haora Trust, and Nga Wairiki-Ngati Apa.
Susanne is a commercial advisor for innovation, growth and strategy consulting and Director of Gecko Advisory Limited. Susanne has held or holds positions in entrepreneurial management, commercialisation or governance with Wool Industry Research Ltd, NZ Wool Innovation Ltd, Croplogic Ltd, Kahne Limited, Living Cell Technologies Ltd, and internationally Minnesota Biosciences Council, Algos Therapeutics, Inc., and Cargill Inc.
Stephen Lee is currently General Manager of Manuka Farming NZ Ltd. Prior to this he held positions in foreign affairs, trade and marketing. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Marketing from the University of Canterbury. In his current role he reports to the Board of Directors of Manuka Farming. He has also held the position of Chair of the Shepherd’s Arms Foundation, a charitable trust which runs a children’s home in the Philippines.
Phillip Bedford is currently employed as the CEO of the New Zealand International Commercial Pilot Academy. Prior to this he was Commanding Officer at the base headquarters at Ohakea. He has an MBA (with distinction) from Massey University and was involved in the initial working groups relating to the Regional Growth Study, which was then formalised as Accelerate 25, the Manawatu-Whanganui Economic Action Plan. He has held executive level management positions and served in governance roles including as a Trustee of the RNZAF Welfare Fund, Chair Base Leadership Group Ohakea and as a Trustee of the Carncot Independent School.
Gaelle has previously been a resident and is relocating back to Whanganui as she has family in the region. Gaelle has an MBA from Southern Cross University, Australia and was previously CE of Manukau City’s economic development agency. She brings with her a wealth of experience in economic development and in-depth knowledge of central and local government processes and policies in economic development, employment, community and business development. Gaelle has strong governance experience and currently holds trustee positions with two community organisations delivering social services to their communities.
Anne-Marie was born and raised in the Whanganui region and has extensive experience in sustainability, innovation, business development, management and growth. An experienced Maori Land Development Consultant, Anne-Marie served on the Ministerial Advisory Panel for the Maori Land Service in 2017. She also served on the Taranaki-Whanganui Conservation Board for six years and was the Kaiwhakahaere (General Manager) of the Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi Post Settlement Governance Entity – Te Kaahui o Rauru for over five years.
Mark Ward – CE
Mark Ward holds an MSc in cellular biology and molecular genetics from Auckland University and an MBA from Deakin University in Melbourne. His experience includes Chief Executive roles with the Wellington-based New Zealand Veterinary Association and Crop and Food Research.
His career achievements encompass research and development, high level partnerships and financial and business performance improvement.
Whanganui & Partners is led by Chief Executive Mark Ward and his team as they develop and implement the initiatives, projects and plans for their sector briefs.
A Statement of Intent sets out the strategic direction for the organisation incorporating and reflecting the expectations of both ratepayers and industry. It describes the context within the entity operates, explains how the organisation will achieve the selected outcomes and priorities of work focus and also how those outcomes progress and are measured.
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Our Whanganui & Partners management team:
Strategic Lead – Organisational Planning and Administration
Strategic Lead – Visitor Industries
Business Growth Advisor, Regional Business Partner Network
Strategic Lead – International and Capability
Strategic Lead – Creative Industries and Arts
Strategic Lead – Manufacturing, Logistics and Commercial
Strategic Lead – Agribusiness
Strategic Lead – Brand and Events