In Memoriam: Jonathan “Jono” Russell
Jonathan Russell was a director of Whanganui & Partners for 2 1/2 years and brought significant value and experience to the board table, in particular around marketing and brand.
His passing in April was a huge loss to our board and to the wider Whanganui community.
Our Board Chair, Myles Fothergill, says this about Jono’s passing:
“Personally, I will miss Jono immensely, he was truly a great man and a delight to work with. As well as being a friend, he was a huge inspiration to me and opened up a wealth of knowledge on numerous topics from which we all learned so much.”
WHANGANUI & PARTNERS
Whanganui and Partners was established in 2014 as a Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) to act as the economic development agency for the district.
With growth of Whanganui’s social and economic well-being at the forefront of activity, Whanganui and Partners has been developed to engage in public-private partnerships and to work with business, community and iwi.
Our activities are guided by the Whanganui District Council’s Economic Development Strategy.
Our aim is a more prosperous community for all.
A Statement of Intent has been accepted in principle by the Whanganui District Council in accordance of budgets adopted for the Whanganui District Council Annual Plan.
Governed by a Board selected for experience and expertise across sectors contributing to economic development, our aim is a more prosperous community for all.
Our Whanganui & Partners Board members:
Myles Fothergill, Chair
Myles is the Managing Director of Q-West Boat Builders Ltd, a multi-million dollar business established in Whanganui. He has also held or holds governance positions on the Brunswick School Board of Trustees, Whanganui District Employment Training Trust, New Zealand Marine Industry Association, NZ Marine & Composites Industry Training Organisation, Auckland On Water Boat Show, NZ Marine Commercial Vessel Group, and Heads Road Business Group.
Susanne Clay, Deputy Chair
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.
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.
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.
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 and 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.
The Whanganui and Partners team is available to meet and speak with all businesses and individuals on appointment and welcomes support and involvement in all projects where relevant. If you’d like more information or to be included on our database for e-newsletters please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’d be delighted if you’d like us on our Facebook page to regularly see what the team is working on and to join our Whanganui and Partners LinkedIn group for current news and information.
Our Whanganui & Partners management team:
T: 06 349 3119
Strategic Lead – Organisational Planning and Administration
T: 06 349 3119
Strategic Lead – Visitor Industries
T: 06 349 3216
Strategic Lead – International and Capability
T: 06 349 3081
Strategic Lead – Creative Industries and Arts
T: 027 541 5217
Strategic Lead – Manufacturing, Logistics and Commercial
T: 06 349 3102
Strategic Lead – Agribusiness
T: 06 349 3139
Strategic Lead – Brand and Events
T: 06 349 3136