Introducing the Board.

The Taranaki Chamber of Commerce and Industry is governed by a 10 member Board of senior directors and industry leaders with extensive experience in local, national and global business.

The Board is Chaired by Daniel Fleming.


Daniel Fleming

Daniel Fleming

Chair

KING AND QUEEN HOTEL SUITES - General manager

Daniel Fleming has been a board member for 4 years now.

I believe the most valuable aspect of the Chamber is the Networking opportunities. There is no other group I know of that offers so much exposure to such a wide range of businesses.

I moved back home in 2013 to open the King & Queen Hotel Suites, New Plymouth’s leading luxury boutique hotel.

I am thrilled to be back in my home town and involved with the Chamber. Increasing vibrancy and the success of this beautiful region has always been important to me.

After attending New Plymouth Boys' High School I then went on to study at the Pacific International Hotel Management School (PIHMS).  Since then I have worked in various hotels throughout New Zealand and Australia. 

I am currently on the steering committee for BARA, Chair of the West End Precinct and an Advisor to the WITT Council.

It is a privilege to be working with such a passionate group of people on the Chamber and I look forward to serving the business community.

Cam Twigley

Cam Twigley

Deputy Chair

BTW- Director, Manager Planning and Environment 

I have served on the Chamber board for the past 4 years and I am proud to have contributed to the strong position the Chamber currently finds itself in.

I believe the most valuable asset the Chamber offers is the network, support and platforms to connect with others in the business community.  As a business community when we connect, work together and support each other we all benefit. There is no doubt our business community is facing some challenging times, and will continue to do so, but there are also many new opportunities and I’m confident if we work together and embrace change Taranaki will continue to be a great place to live, work and play.

I am a director of BTW Company and head up the Planning and Environment Teams within the business.  I am extremely lucky to manage some amazingly bright, talented and dedicated staff within a company that has been a mainstay of the Taranaki business community since 1973.  I often reflect on how blessed we are to live in such an amazing region with so much to offer. My wife Tineka is Head of Languages at New Plymouth Boys’ High School and we have two school aged daughters.  I serve on the Board of Trustees at Central School - Te Kura Waenga o Ngāmotu.

I have enjoyed my time on the Board to date and am looking forward to continuing to add value for the Chamber.

 

Gaylene Findlay

Gaylene Findlay

BDO TARANAKI- Advisory Principal

The past two years has flown by but in reflection many great things have been achieved during this time.  I have been fortunate to have been involved in reviewing the finance function and implementing changes to embrace cloud technology and process efficiency. 

Change is inevitable for all businesses if we are to remain relevant & resilient.  I believe it is important for the Chamber to be leading businesses in this space and I am keen to continue the drive to utilise technology and improve efficiencies internally to better service our members.

From an external  perspective, we also need to be supporting our members to face these challenges head on and provide the direction to do this.  There is no shortage of tools but often it is the networks and connections that we as a Chamber can access that will make the difference. I am always happy to represent business owners and listen carefully to their needs and advocate as required.

I have thoroughly enjoyed working with a great team of fellow board members and dedicated Chamber staff all sharing the same vision and passion in what they do.  We have an excellent foundation to continue driving business vitality into our region and to assist Taranaki businesses and our community reach their potential. 

As one business we can achieve good things, but as a business community and one voice, we can achieve so much more. 

Shane Devlin

Shane Devlin

GRAPHIX - Owner

Shane has been on the board for 5 years – he just started his third term.

He believes the most valuable assist to the Chamber is the networking opportunities and the business relationships that have been formed from 20 years of Chamber membership and proactive networking has definitely been one of the keys to our businesses success and longevity.

What I can offer the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce:

My wife and I started Graphix from our home over 22 years ago. Over the years we have also purchased five other businesses. Through these experiences I have learnt a great deal about what is needed to grow a successful business. I believe this perspective is a valuable asset to the Board in their support local business.

A strong believer of building relationships in business, I attend as many Business Connections events as possible (including BizLink Hawera events).

Both networking and Chamber membership have played key roles in the success of our company.  This led me to be a founding member of Taranaki Network of Trades (NOTs) and also the first Chapter of BNI (Business Networking International) in New Plymouth.

I am passionate about the Taranaki province and see this as an opportunity to give back.

Hayden Wano

Hayden Wano

TUI ORA – Chief Executive

Hayden has over 25 years experience in senior health management, and is currently Chief Executive of Tui Ora Limited (a Maori development organisation and provider of health services).

He has over 40 years health sector experience in mental health, community and medical services, including the position of Director of Clinical Services with Taranaki Healthcare Limited.

Hayden has held a wide range of governance positions, including Interim Chairman National Health Board, Chairmanship of Taranaki District Health Board and Health Sponsorship Council.

He is currently Chairman of TSB Community Trust, TSB Group Ltd and is a Director of TSB.
In 2017 Hayden was awarded the Taranaki Mayoral Award for Business Excellence.

Hayden is of Te Atiawa, Taranaki and Ngati Awa descent.  Married to the late Antonia, he has three adult children, and four grandchildren.

Deborah Tawa

Deborah Tawa

BEACH STREET MOTEL APARTMENTS - Owner

I have enjoyed my first year on the Board and look forward to contributing to an amazing organisation over the next year.

I have been involved in business in New Plymouth for 18 years owning several motels during this time. We now own one motel and this has given me the opportunity to take on other challenges which include working for another small business and a Not for Profit organisation in New Plymouth. Being a small business owner puts me in a good position to understand what our members need, I think that the Chamber is very important to our business community both with advocacy and networking.

I have had governance experience which includes the Deputy Chair role for North Taranaki Sport and Recreation, I have also been involved with Hospitality NZ since it amalgamated with the Motel Association. I have an interest in ensuring that whatever organisation I am involved in achieves everything it is capable of and supports its members.

I am looking forward to working with an outstanding Board for another year and hope that my practical forthright manner will be useful around the Board table.

Campbell Third

Campbell Third

TSB – Business Development Manager

I have proudly worked for TSB for the last 27 years and held many roles in this time. My current role is that of Business Development Manager for Taranaki, this role has me working with key stakeholders and building advocacy for TSB throughout Taranaki.

I’m incredibly passionate about Taranaki and believe wholeheartedly that a strong, vibrant business sector is the lifeblood in keeping our province the envy of other regions around the country.

I have been a part of the Chamber Board for the past 18 months and in this time I have gained a strong understanding of what the Chamber is about and what is required to be a successful board member. It’s been exciting to work with a dedicated team of likeminded people who genuinely care about our province and the business’s within it. 

I believe that developing and growing strong relationships is the key to success and is where my focus lies. I bring a strong work ethic and can do attitude to the Board and am someone that will give 100% dedication to all I'm involved in.

David Leuthart

David Leuthart

TIMBER CO - Owner

I’m proud to be Taranaki born and bred and along with my wife Cheryl, we own TimberCo here in New Plymouth.

In 2011 our business was judged Supreme Winners of the Westpac Taranaki Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

We are Taranaki’s leading supplier of house frames and trusses to the building industry. We currently have a staff of 17 very talented people that Cheryl and I are very proud to work with.

I have been self-employed for 30 years and I understand the challenges involved in owning and managing a successful business.

I believe the most valuable aspect of the chamber is connectivity and representation.
I’m very passionate about Taranaki and its business community and I look forward to the exciting and challenging times ahead for us all.

I am a current board member of Francis Douglas Memorial College, the last seven years as Chairperson.

In my spare time, I enjoy being with family and friends, spending time at my “Happy Place” in a secret part of New Zealand, wake boarding, relaxing, playing average golf and having the odd glass of Red Wine.

I have been a Taranaki Chamber of Commerce Board Member for the past eight years and I enjoy working with the other Board Members on matters concerning our business community here in Taranaki.

 

Miaana Walden

Miaana Walden

GOVETT QUILLIAM - Associate 

Tēnā tātou,

I tipu ake au i raro i te korowai o tōku pou tokomanawa, tū mai Taranaki me ngā pae maunga, Kaitake, Pouakai, Patuha. Hoki mai au ki te kāinga nei kia purea e au te wai o Hangataahua. E tū ana a Puniho hei whakaruruhau mō ngā Mahanga-ā-Tairi. Ko Kevin Tokatumoana rāua ko Deneille Walden ōku mātua. Ko Teihorangi rāua ko Joshua Walden ōku tungāne. Ko Hayden Patene tāku tāne. Ko Miaana Walden ahau.

I am an Associate at Govett Quilliam, The Lawyers. I regularly appear in the Family Court and the Māori Land Court and I am a genuine people person who brings a practical and empathetic approach to all that I do. I pride myself on  finding unique culturally driven solutions tailored to client needs and I understand the importance of receiving excellent legal services from advisors who understand tikanga Māori and how it relates to client needs.

I returned home to Taranaki to join Govett Quilliam in November 2014 after completing my law degree and a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Otago. Outside of work, I enjoy exploring the beauty that Taranaki has to offer, photography, playing tennis and netball.

Other community involvements include, being the Te Tai Hauāuru regional representative for the Māori Law Society (Te Hunga Roia Māori o Aotearoa), involvement with the Priscilla Sandys Wunsch (PSW) Trust, a committee member of He Toronga Pakihi ki Taranaki (the Taranaki Māori Business Network), the social services hub and involvements with other local sports clubs. I am passionate about the benefits of a strong cohesive organisation that delivers to the broader Taranaki community through effective advocacy and business connections. In my view, vision, culture, strategy and execution are needed for businesses to succeed.

Grace Wesolowska

Grace Wesolowska

TE KARAKA FOUNDATION - Chief Executive

Grace is currently Chief Executive of Te Karaka Foundation, a Trustee of Taranaki Retreat Trust and runs her own consulting business helping businesses transform and scale.

She has advanced her career from Design and Sales Manager in Australia to Chief Executive Officer in New Zealand and Regional Director in Europe working for large global listed businesses and smaller privately-owned businesses. Her focus over her career has spanned a variety of sectors from construction to manufacturing, retail, import and export, property development and recently a move into the not-for-profit sector.

I have always had a desire to engage in something bigger than myself that has a real social impact where I can see positive change for future generations and I feel very privileged to become part of Te Karaka Foundation and to lead such an inspiring team of people. We are the only charity in the Taranaki region set up to encourage generosity that will benefit our local community now and generations to come. I see Te Karaka being the catalyst of the whole community in helping people in need now and in the future and making the entire region a wonderful and prosperous place to live for everyone.

My expertise in leading successful businesses together with a great passion and understanding of the needs of the Taranaki community align perfectly with the spirit of the Chamber. I believe the Chamber is doing a great job supporting Taranaki businesses, especially navigating the many challenges and opportunities faced by the region over recent years and I look forward to working with a great team of Board Members and excellent Chamber staff to support our business community. 

I am proud to call Taranaki home, having moved here with my family several years ago and I look forward to serving and supporting a thriving business community in my work with the Chamber.