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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)
  • A Whau Ward Local Board representative, and
  • An independent legal representative.
  • RBA Patron.

Bernard McCrea – Chair

Authorised Financial Adviser, Abbott Insurance Brokers

Bernard is an Authorised Financial Adviser for the Abbott Insurance Group. He specialises in; Life & Health insurance, Investments, including KiwiSaver and Mortgages, including car loans. Bernard has had various roles within the insurance and finance industry, most notably as General Manager NZ for AIA Insurance and General Manager Corporate Solutions 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. Bernard Is also on the New Zealand board of FINSIA.

In his spare time Bernard is a weekend warrior cyclist. He also supports and used to coach at the Massey Rugby Club.

“I see my role as continuing the good work of previous Chairperson’s and, to keep growing the RBA as one of NZ’s best Business Associations.”

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.

Nikki Harris

Owner / Director Intelligent Environments

My husband and I started Intelligent Environments Ltd in 2007. We moved our small team to Rosebank Road six years ago, and have since grown to a team of twelve, from which we run our business nationwide. Paul’s focus is on the sales and technical side of the business, mine is on the general management i.e. strategic direction, financial management and marketing.

I first ventured into the business world after leaving a teaching career to start a family. The sale of my first business assisted in financing our move from the UK to New Zealand in the late 1980s.

In New Zealand I worked at Franklin Covey where I was exposed to course material created from Stephen Covey’s excellent books. I also spent time in the ‘corporate world’ of APN with the New Zealand Herald. I left with a strong sense of what I believed a ‘team environment’ should look like.

Intelligent Environments has flourished because Paul and I have very different skillsets, but have a common end in mind. We have an awesome team around us – individually amazing, but collectively astounding.

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.


Janine Roberts

Associate, Haven Accounting

Janine has over 20 years as a chartered accountant, the last 2 with Haven Accounting on Rosebank Road. Janine enjoys working with local business owners to ensure their business is receiving the best possible accounting and business advice. From West Auckland herself, Janine takes great pleasure in supporting the community she lives and works in and is also a Trustee on the Pathways to the Future Trust.

Stefan Crooks

Managing Director, Westie Food Group

Let me introduce myself, my name is Stefan Crooks, happily married to Joanna for 27 years and have two beautiful children Casey (23) and Harrison (19). While originally from Wellington, I relocated to Auckland 21 years ago. My passions are people, Rugby and cooking. I am a passionate business owner in Rosebank, with 27 years expertise in business management. My experience is extremely broad from ground floor sales and marketing to Key account management, business development, strategic planning through to board room reporting and financial planning.

My strengths include being totally focused on achievements combined with understanding HR and what drives success allowing me to be able to manage and lead staff during periods of change. I am affiliative allowing me to develop strong integrity-based relationships. I am also non-conventional allowing me to challenge “status quo” and explore fresh and interesting ways to problem solving, thus creating mostly positive work outcomes.
My love of people and relationships along with strong negotiating skills enables me to cultivate, problem solve and develop key relationships at all levels. I am looking forward to joining the RBA board where not knowing will be exciting. Stefan is also an Trustee of Pathways to Future Trust.


Natalie Bilyard

Group General Manager Glidepath

Natalie brings to Rosebank Business Association a wide range of management experience and a strong customer focus. Her ability to take a “big picture” view is essential for driving the strategic direction of Glidepath and now the Rosebank Business Association. Her working style is collaborative and she leads by example setting a standard that filters through to providing customers with excellent and comprehensive service.

Hamish Mackie

CEO – Fullworks International

Hamish started with Fullworks on Monday 30th June 2014 as the newly established role of Business Development Manager.

In 2017 Hamish moved into the position of CEO and took over charge of Fullworks International.

Hamish has a Bachelor of Business Studies degree from Massey University and comes to us having had some 20 years experience in Operations and Business Unit Management, predominantly in the Liquor and FMCG sectors.

This experience has provided him with a broad base of business knowledge combined with specialist skills in specific areas of business and the ability to think clearly, critically, analytically and to conceptualise ideas and relate them to practical business situations.

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.


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