Our board

The Board of EDANZ consists of 14 members who represent the regions of New Zealand.

Michael Bassett-Foss

Michael Bassett-Foss is CEO of Te Waka, the RDA serving the Waikato region Michael grew up in Hamilton and has spent the past 17 years in Napier with his wife and three teenage children. He was most recently project director of the multimillion dollar Water Wairarapa project, is the former […]

Linda Stewart

I’m an experienced Business Development Manager currently heading up the CEDA Team; a team of thinkers, enablers, connectors and doers who are serious about delivering great outcomes for businesses across our region. With a background in sales, business development and recruitment that spans a diverse range of industries I bring […]

Chris Mackenzie

Chris Mackenzie has had a long involvement with DWC, having helped set up the organisation, then known as The West Coast Development Trust. He was the Government Appointed Trustee on the Interim West Coast Development Trust and more recently was involved in the review of the Trust Deed and DWC’s […]

Paul Casson

Paul is the Chief Executive for Venture Southland which is a joint initiative of the Invercargill City, Southland District Council, and Gore District. Venture Southland is the agency responsible for the region’s economic and community development initiatives and he is proud to lead the agency to promote Southland and the […]

John Christie

Enterprise Dunedin’s director, John Christie, is a staunch advocate for the city and leads a team of dedicated, enthusiastic professionals. The team leaders listed below form a tight management group that keeps the organisation humming and connected. ​Contact Details: Phone: +64 3 471 8836 Email: John.Christie@dcc.govt.nz www.DunedinNZ.com  ​

Heather Warwick

Heather Warwick has been leading Enterprise North Canterbury since September 2003. She is responsible for supporting her high performing team and contributing to the economic wellbeing of North Canterbury community. Heather has 20 years experience specialising in economic development and has gained her Graduate Diploma in Economic Development at AUT […]

Mark Rawson

Originally from regional Otago and South Canterbury, Mark holds qualifications in business and economic development and he brings a relatively unique blend of public and private sector experience from a diverse background in senior executive positions in both the public and private sectors at a ‘hands on’ operational, senior management […]

David Perks

leads the Venues, Marketing and Destination Development teams at the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency. Also a Trustee of Regional Tourism New Zealand David brings extensive private and public sector experience to the promotion of Wellington and delivery of events at its major public venues. Contact details David Perks  Email […]

Stuart Trundle

Stuart Trundle is the chief executive of Venture Taranaki Trust, the regional development agency for Taranaki regarded as one of the premier models for economic development in New Zealand. He is also a current board member for the Economic Development Centre at AUT. Stuart’s work in the formation of regional […]

Tom Skerman

Hawke’s Bay former lawyer Tom Skerman has joined Hawke’s Bay Regional Council as its new Economic Development Manager. Mr Skerman has lived in Hawke’s Bay for more than 20 years, having farmed in northern Hawke’s Bay for 15 years, before working as a lawyer at Sainsbury Logan Williams law firm. […]

Steve Breen

Contact Details: Steve Breen Activate Tairawhiti PO Box 800 Gisborne 4040 E: steve@activatetairawhiti.co.nz P: 027 362 9149

Cheryl Lewis

Cheryl is the Bay of Connections Portfolio Manager at Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Back in 1989, the Government took 25 organisations and turned them into the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. As caretakers of our land, air and water, Bay of Plenty Regional Council monitors the effects of human […]

Dr David Wilson

Chief Executive, Economic Development, Northland Inc David has been involved with a wide variety of projects in local and regional economic development, metropolitan, business and industry sector development, corporate citizenship, governance, sustainable economic and socio-economic development. David Wilson, who since 2007 has been director of the Institute of Public Policy […]