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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.

Stefan Crooks – Chair

Managing Director, Westie Food Group

The RBA Board is thrilled to appoint Stefan Crooks as the new chairman. As a passionate business owner in Rosebank, Stefan brings 27 years’ experience in business management to the board.

Stefan bought Westie Food Group, previously known as The Natural Food Company, in 2010. Located on Timothy Place, Westie Food Group specialises in fresh chilled food products and sells to all supermarkets across New Zealand, to the foodservice industry, and trade groups.

Stefan brings a wealth of knowledge to the board from ground floor sales and marketing, to key account management, business development, and strategic planning through to board room reporting and financial planning.

Working with the community is hugely important to Stefan. He is a firm believer that the more you pay it forward, the more you get back. Westie Food Groups is involved with a range of sports, from The Vodafone Warriors to softball and BMX teams, to local sports and school clubs and lunch shouts. Stefan is also a Trustee of Pathways to Future Trust.

“My love of people and relationships, along with strong negotiating skills enables me to cultivate, problem solve and develop key relationships at all levels,” says Stefan.

Janine Roberts – Treasurer

Associate, Haven Accounting

Janine Roberts is an associate at Haven Accounting on Rosebank Road and is the director of accounting. The Rosebank Business Association is excited to appoint her as Treasurer of the RBA board.

With over twenty years’ experience as a chartered accountant, Janine brings a wealth of knowledge to the RBA Board. With seventeen years at KPMG, Janine joined Haven and the Rosebank community three years ago.

From West Auckland herself, Janine takes great pleasure in supporting the community she lives and works in. She enjoys working with local business owners to ensure their business is receiving the best possible accounting and business advice.

Her understanding of business accounts will be invaluable to the RBA board and she comes highly endorsed from the local business community. Janine sits as a trustee on the Pathways to the Future Trust.

 

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.

 

Wayne Eccles

General Manager and Co-Owner, Anglo Engineering

Wayne Eccles is a qualified production engineer. His career has seen him work with a wide variety of people and processes within the manufacturing environment. His goal through these roles has always been to see how to best optimise workflows and improve outputs. He has been the co-owner and general manager of Anglo Engineering for 18 years. Prior to this, Wayne worked for large manufacturing companies such as Fisher & Paykel and Interloc.

Innovation is important to Anglo Engineering and their nous for this has resulted in them earning the highly coveted ‘supplier of the year’ awards from Gallagher multiple times.

Wayne is passionate about increasing manufacturing in New Zealand and keeping the skills in New Zealand.

As well as Anglo Engineering, Wayne has ownership in three other businesses. Wayne brings his analytical and problem-solving abilities to each of these, enjoying the diversity and challenges they each represent. He likes to approach complex issues with a ‘keep it simple’ stance.

In Anglo Engineering’s early days in the Rosebank area, the RBA provided excellent support to the company. Wayne says his coming onto the board is a way to give back to the RBA.

“I like the leadership the RBA has shown in working closely with the community – growing businesses and still being a valuable member of the community.”

Michelle Robinson

Manufacturing Manager at Autex

Michelle Robinson is the manufacturing manager at Autex. In her nine years at the company, she has worked her way through the ranks, starting as an assistant to the manufacturing manager.

She has a wide-ranging skillset and experience within the manufacturing industry. From working on the factory floor, to the lab, to dispatch, and finally in her current role as manufacturing manager, overseeing over 90 people, she brings a deep understanding of the manufacturing industry.

Michelle was drawn to the board to meet local businesses and help make a difference within the local business community.

Coming from a manufacturing environment; problem solving, leadership, health and safety, and time management are key skills Michelle says she brings.

Michelle also sits on the board for a new trust called The Warriors Community Foundation.

Michelle Maitland

Managing Director of George Walkers Office Furniture Megastore

Michelle Maitland is the managing director of George Walkers Office Furniture Megastore. George Walkers is New Zealand’s largest ex-corporate office furniture megastore and is located along Rosebank Road.

As a member of the sustainable business networks, Michelle has had three finalist positions in the Westpac small business awards.

Twenty-five years ago, Michelle became the first female executive of the Auctioneers’ Association. She has been an Auctioneers Association of New Zealand board member for over ten years and is an executive member of the New Zealand Licensed Auctioneers.

Michelle has served on the RBA board in the past, serving as chairperson for two years. In her time on the board she developed key relationships with many Rosebank businesses. She has owned and operated a business along Rosebank Road for over 14 years so understands the needs of the diverse range of businesses in the area.

As well as owning and operating a national business, Michelle is a charity auctioneer. George Walkers has three generations of females working together.

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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