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RBA Board

To ensure Rosebank’s BID programme operates efficiently and works towards meeting its objectives, the RBA is operated by an Executive Board of:

  • Elected RBA members (not less than 5, not more than 7 not including Chair & Treasurer)
  • An Auckland Council representative
  • A Whau Ward Local Board representative, and
  • An independent legal representative.

Bernard McCrea – Chair

Director, IC Frith Life & Health Ltd

Bernard is a Director and the General Manager of IC Frith Life & Health, Mortgages and KiwiSaver.  Bernard has had various roles within the insurance and finance industry, most notably as General Manager NZ for AIA Insurance and General Manager Corporate with Sovereign Insurance.  He is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services of Australasia (FINSIA) and has a Diploma in Personal Financial Planning from Waikato University, a post graduate Diploma in Banking and a post-graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Massey University.

In his spare time, Bernard is a keen cyclist and has cycled the ‘160k Round Lake Taupo’ race on several occasions. He also supports Massey Rugby Club.

“I see my role as continuing the good work of previous Chairperson and to keep growing the RBA as one of NZ’s best business associations. Stronger together!”

Stephen Earlly – Treasurer

Director/Owner, Symmetry Limited

Chartered Accountants trading as Symmetry Accounting.

At Symmetry we tend to look after a small number of clients in Aquaculture, Agriculture, Commercial Property, Manufacturing and the odd dot com company.

I am a Chartered Accountant with a public practicing certificate from Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Michelle Maitland

Executive Member of Licensed Auctioneers NZ Inc., Associate Membership of Auctioneers & Appraisers (SA) Inc., Certification from the Real Estate Auction Academy of West Australia, Certified Performance Consultant, Result Acceleration Master Coach.

Michelle is the Owner and Managing Director of George Walkers, the iconic New Zealand Auction House which has been in operation for over 104 years. Michelle purchased the company ten years ago, and transformed it from a loss business, facing liquidation, into the thriving business it is today which specialises in the procurement, sale and lease of quality, office, furniture.

Michelle’s Business Philosophy is about approaching your endeavours with a core belief of having fun, coupled with an absolute intention of being the best you can be, sprinkled with calculated risk and humility.

Michelle has just discovered the joys of fishing as well as rugby proudly supporting Wales as her birthplace as well as The All Blacks.

Michael Hawkins

Managing Director, Blum NZ Ltd

In 2009, Michael joined Blum New Zealand. Julius Blum GmbH is a family owned company, based in Hoechst Austria. Blum is a well-established global leader in the kitchen industry.

In 2009 they founded Blum New Zealand, and took over the distribution of their own brand in New Zealand, becoming the first Blum subsidiary to sell direct into the kitchen industry. Michael has been a RBA Pathway’s to the Future trustee since 2015 and as such is well versed on the RBA and it’s support of promoting young leaders.

 

Kelly Brown

Kelly has been Chief Executive of Triquestra International, a global developer of retail and government software systems, for eight years.  This follows a two year term as General Manager and previous Marketing Management roles in corporate Telecommunications and Utilities.

Jerome Faury, General Manager of Orion Health NZ, describes Kelly as “an exceptional executive with very strong skills in marketing, leadership, and business development.”

As an RBA Executive member, Kelly is interested in attracting more talent by improving commutability for those who work in Rosebank, and beautification of the local work environment.  She is also eager for RBA Strategic Plans to develop based on the needs of members to ensure the most relevant services are provided.

Peter Batcheler

General Manager, Southern Spars

Peter joined Southern Spars as General Manager in January 2016, coming from an IT start-up company, EROAD, and taking them to being publicly listed in 2014. Before this, Peter has had a diverse background – having worked in the heavy transport industry as well as being chairman of exporting and manufacturing businesses. He has had saltwater in his veins since he was a child and he began his working life with the Navy where he was a captain for ten years.

 

Jason Ennor

Jason is the CEO and co-founder of MyHR. This award winning business provides a unique combination of HR Software and HR consulting services. Jason believes good HR expertise will help any organisation grow, develop and achieve commercial success, no matter what their size. Jason is a successful and respected senior Human Resources Manager with many years’ experience in operational and strategic HR roles. He has worked across New Zealand, Australia and the UK for Shell Oil, Henkel, SkyCity and the Woolworths group.

Jason lives at Piha with his wife Dale, 3 children and a dog. In the small amounts of time he finds between family and MyHR Jason relaxes by playing the drums, fishing and surfing.

Bob Mackie

Bob is the Chairman of Fullworks International Ltd, a highly specialised marketing services provider and fulfilment house based in Timothy Place, Rosebank, which was established in 1997. Bob purchased the company in 2001 upon his return from overseas, and it is now one of the largest Direct Response Bureaus in New Zealand and provides off shore and out of Auckland clients the full services equivalent to having their own subsidiary. Fullworks is a long-standing member of the NZ Marketing Association.

Bob Mackie qualified as a Mechanical Engineer and has worked in New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific Islands, Asia and China. In these locations, Bob has held Senior Management positions in large manufacturing and engineering corporations.

Bob served as chairman of the RBA board for four years from 2010-2015.

Dr Darius Singh

Dr Darius Singh has over 20 years experience spanning Engineering, University and Business sectors. He has served in senior executive (R&D, Engineering) positions in the Manufacturing Industry, leading divisions in NZ, Australia and USA.  He also served within academia as Professor of Technology Management. In recent years, he and his wife have designed and developed a multi-award winning early education group (headquartered by Chrysalis on Rosebank Road), which has just achieved “finalist” standing for “Best Emerging Business”, “Excellence in Innovation” and “Excellence in Business Leadership” in the 2015 Westpac Business Excellence Awards. Darius is a member of the NZ Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Management and has served on various other governing boards in public and private sectors.”

Grant Hewison – Non Voting Member

Grant is a Director of Grant Hewison & Associates Ltd. Grant specialises in local government and resource management with a particular focus on Auckland; he has a PhD in Law from the University of Auckland on the topic of local government law. Grant also provides a monthly reporting service – “Insight Auckland” – covering the activities of the Auckland Council Group of organisations – tailored to the interests of clients. The RBA Board welcomes Grant’s knowledge and experience, as he continues to assist with advocacy and strategy in communications with councils which the RBA deal with.

Grant does public good (pro-bono) work for communities who wish to oppose liquor licence applications.

To relax, Grant plays ukelele, harmonica and is a singer in the folk, jazz, blues band ‘Group Therapy’.

Craig Bodmin – Appointed Patron

Retired at the end of 2012 having been CEO and Managing Director of Rheem New Zealand Limited since 1996, Craig had a total of 42 years with the Company and with an engineering background operated and managed across a number of the diverse business units that existed over the period. It has truly been a great career enjoying the challenges over the time and the opportunity of being able to to work with a great number of people.

The biggest challenge and always closest to Craig’s heart was establishing the manufacturing unit of the Water Heater business back in the early seventies which has numerous expansions over time. This is the sole operating business unit left in New Zealand.

Craig and his wife Mary have been long term residence in Titirangi, which they love, with interests in theatre, gardening, model flying, the War Birds and travel. Craig always enjoys having a project on the go.

Susan Zhu – Local Whau Board Representative

Susan Zhu is an Associate at Kirkland Morrison O’Callahan Barristers and Solicitors and the Deputy Chairperson of the Local Whau board.

Susan is passionate about working with people and is committed to public services. She is familiar with the Auckland Council’s vision and processes. Advocacy of infrastructure and support networks for Business and Residential Communities is where Susan has gained vast experience in her professional career.

Susan brings a sound legal knowledge particularly in the areas of business and commercial law, her connections with China and other Asian countries in NZ and abroad, as well as her management and governance experience in the NZ central government and local government to the RBA Board.

Interests are badminton, cycling, and socialising.