Introducing the Board.

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

The Board is chaired by Sophie Braggins.

Sophie Braggins

Sophie Braggins


Govett Quilliam – CEO

I have had the privilege of Chairing the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce Board since December 2015.

With 15 years of commercial experience in the fields of strategic business consulting and human resources, I have worked internationally across industries including Legal, Media, Oil & Gas, and Private sector enterprises.

I am currently the CEO at Govett Quilliam The Lawyers, a role which requires a strong understanding of market trends, to explore, inspire and develop the capability of the business to critically innovate and change.

My most recent role was as Managing Director of Strategy Collective, a Chartered Accounting firm with a large and diverse portfolio of local and national clients. I assisted clients, alongside a team of 19 to realise their growth aspirations through innovative advice in the areas of finance, strategy, brand and people.

I take great pride in ensuring the Chamber ‘brand’ is progressive and held in high regard, and that the business community have a resource they are proud of.


Daniel Fleming

Daniel Fleming

Deputy Chair

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.

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. 

Cam Twigley

Cam Twigley

BTW- Director, Manager Planning and Environment 

Cam Twigley has been on the board for 3 years.

He believes the most valuable asset the chamber offers is the network, support and platforms to connect with others in the business community which ultimately assists with business growth and development.

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.  I have worked for BTW since 2006 and am proud to be Taranaki born and bred.  I am well connected in the community and know what makes our province tick.  My work encompasses many business sectors including oil and gas, dairy, poultry, mining, retail, aged care and land development.  I have strong relationships with the four Councils and have an excellent understanding of regulatory process and the Councils’ strategic direction.

My wife Tineka is Head of Languages at New Plymouth Boys’ High School and we have two daughters who attend Central School where I am on the Board of Trustees.

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


Shane Devlin

Shane Devlin

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.

David Leuthart

David Leuthart


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.


Will Downey

Will Downey

Govett Quiliam- Associate 

Originally from the Waikato, Will graduated from the University of Waikato and made the move to Taranaki to join the team at Govett Quilliam and take advantage of the active coastal lifestyle that Taranaki offers.

Will's expertise is reflected by his conjoint degree of Law and Management Studies. Will has developed a broad range of skills and knowledge necessary to offer clients commercially astute, results focused legal services.

Based out of Origin Energy's New Plymouth office, Will has been acting as Origin Energy’s part-time in-house legal counsel for the past 18 months or so. In his role at both Origin and Govett Quilliam Will has gained experience in the following areas:

  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Corporate/Commercial Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Building/Construction Law

Will is committed to ensuring excellence, creativity, strategic insight and continual learning.

Outside of Govett Quilliam Will has been involved in a number of community based organisations, and has been the honorary solicitor for the Taranaki Mountain Airs Basketball team. In his spare time, will enjoys surfing, playing golf, rugby, music and relaxing with friends and family.

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.

Campbell Third

Campbell Third

TSB - Regional Manager

I have proudly worked for TSB for the last 25 years and held many roles in this time. My current role of Regional Manager has me looking after 12 branches throughout the Taranaki Region including TSB Realty.

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 elected onto the Chamber Board for my first term in which time I have gained a strong understanding of what the Chamber is about and what is required to be a successful board member. 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 a person that will give 100% dedication to all I'm involved in.

Deborah Tawa

Deborah Tawa

Fitzroy Beach Motel - Owner

I have been involved in business in New Plymouth for 17 years owning several motels during this time.  I am now concentrating on just one of the motels and am looking to work outside of the business. 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 some 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 am looking forward to working with an outstanding Board over the next two years and hope that my practical forthright manner will be useful around the Board table.