Here’s the lineup for the inaugural board of the WELLINGTON REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (WREDA). The new agency is tasked with bringing together the region’s Grow Wellington economic development agency with existing city tourism and venues agencies, and major events activities.
The new chair and directors bring a wealth of combined experience and expertise including the following.
Well-known marketing and cultural entrepreneur Peter Biggs returns to Wellington to become the board’s first chair following eight years in Melbourne. The directors are:
Dr Helen Anderson Chair, Wellington Branch Committee, Institute of Directors, and Building Research Association of New Zealand. Former chief executive, Ministry of Research, Science and Technology (MoRST).
Matt Clarke Director, Nelson Airport, and chief commercial officer, Wellington Airport.
Sarah Gibbs Trustee, Positively Wellington Tourism Trust. Joint founder and chief executive of Trilogy International.
Professor Grant Guilford Director, board of UniServices. Chairman, AgResearch Science Advisory Panel. Director, board of Genomics NZ. Vice Chancellor, Victoria University of Wellington.
Richard Laverty Director, Xenos and Golden Ticket. General manager strategy, performance and partners, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE).
Paul Mersi Chair, Grow Wellington. Member of NZ Government appointed Savings Working Group.
Thomas Pippos Director, Deloitte New Zealand board. Member, Deloitte Asia Pacific Leadership Council. National chief executive, Deloitte.
Lorraine Witten Chair, Kordia. Chairman, Starnow. Director, Positively Wellington Venues.
Auckland council controlled organisation WATERCARE SERVICES says it has appointed Raveen Jaduram as its new CEO. He has been acting CEO since January when the previous CEO, the late Mark Ford, went on long-term sick leave. Raveen has been involved in the management of water and wastewater for 24 years. Prior to returning to Watercare in 2012, he was CEO of Murrumbidgee Irrigation in Australia. He was CEO of Manukau Water when the company was corporatised in 2006 and chief operating officer at Watercare during the 2010 integration of the water services functions across the Auckland region.