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Key board appointments confirmed for council-controlled organisations

Tauranga City Council’s Commission has confirmed the appointment of five board members across Te Manawataki o Te Papa Limited, Tauranga Art Gallery Trust and Bay Venues Limited.

Peter Neven has been appointed as a Director of Te Manawataki o Te Papa Limited, the new council-controlled organisation (CCO) that will govern the delivery of the civic precinct development.

Peter has extensive experience in the construction industry, overseeing large commercial project teams and having held various board advisory roles. Peter will join Te Manawataki o Te Papa Limited along with recently announced Chair, Kim Wallace, and Director, Barry Bragg, effective from 3 April 2023 for a three-year term.

Rosemary Protheroe has been reappointed as Chair of Tauranga Art Gallery Trust (TAGT), while Rachel Scott is the latest TAGT Board Trustee appointment, joining with more than 18 years’ experience as a commercial civil litigator and a personal passion for the arts. Rosemary and Rachel’s three-year appointments commence on 1 May 2023.

In the final appointments confirmed at yesterday's Council meeting, Bay Venues Limited reappointed two Board Directors - Nick Lowe and Gareth Wallis. Nick has been appointed for a further two years, until 30 June 2025, and Gareth with stay on the board for a further year, until 30 June 2024.

Commission Chair Anne Tolley says these high-calibre appointments will ensure each organisation’s governance has the expertise and experience required as the city and wider region continues to go through exciting transformation and growth.

“Our council-controlled organisations are core to the economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing of the region. As one of New Zealand’s fastest growing cities, it’s more important than ever that we have highly experienced and respected trustees and directors, like today’s appointments, on our boards,” says Anne.

“I’d also like to acknowledge retiring TAGT Board Trustee Steven Farrant, for his dedication and expertise in helping guide the Trust’s activities.”

For more information about Tauranga City Council’s CCOs, please visit www.tauranga.govt.nz/cco

More about the key appointments

Peter Neven, Board Director of Te Manawataki o Te Papa Limited

Peter Neven has extensive experience in the New Zealand Construction Industry, including 33 years at Fletcher Construction, responsible for all commercial projects in New Zealand such as Auckland Hospital, Wellington Hospital, the Sky City complex including SKYTOWER, the PWC office complex, Eden Park development, AMI Stadium in Christchurch and ASB headquarter building in Auckland.
Current commitments in Major projects in NZ are as follows:

  • Governance board member (Corrections) for new Christchurch Men’s Prison
  • Advisor to Wellington City Council on Te Matapihi Project Library seismic upgrade
  • Advisor to CCO board, Te Kaha stadium Christchurch
  • Member of advisory board for KIWIRAIL Property
  • Member of disputes advisory board for New Dunedin Hospital and current SKYCITY Convention Centre Project
  • Advisory board member for Kāinga Ora (Construction Programme Assurance panel CPAP)
  • Independent Director, Master Build Services Ltd.

Rosemary Protheroe, Board Chair at Tauranga Art Gallery Trust

Skilled in organisational strategy, human resources, governance and compliance Rosemary has led significant transformational change programmes in government, private and not for profit organisations in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and Europe.

Rosemary joined the TAG Board of Trustees in May 2020 and has been Chair since November 2020. Rosemary is a member of the Institute of Directors, is an Independent Director of the Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service and has volunteered in the local heritage sector.

Rosemary is passionate about the arts and recognises how important the Tauranga Art Gallery is to our city both in the significant role it plays for the Arts community and also it’s wider social and economic impact within our region.

Rachel Scott, Board Trustee at Tauranga Art Gallery Trust

Rachel is a senior civil litigator with more than 18 years’ experience, now working as Special Counsel at Holland Beckett. With previous experience in marketing communications and working for advertising agencies, Rachel comes from a family of working artists and creatives. She also studied photography at New Plymouth Polytechnic and film at the University of Waikato, as well as Art History as part of her Law Degree. Rachel is also a past Chair of Volunteering Waikato, a charitable trust for three terms.
Nick Lowe, Board Director at Bay Venues Limited

Nick’s executive career was spent in the commercial sector including holding senior leadership roles with significant scale retail businesses both in New Zealand and overseas.

Previous board roles include Chair of a national retail franchise group and Director of the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union. He is a member of the Institute of Directors.

Nick hails from the UK originally and has lived in New Zealand for the past 25 years, for the majority of that time as either a full time or part time resident in the Tauranga area. He has been a member of the Bay Venues Board since 2017.
Gareth Wallis, Board Director at Bay Venues Limited

Gareth has worked in local government in Auckland and Tauranga for more than 20 years in a variety of leadership roles before Joining Tauranga City Council as its General Manager: Community Services. He now leads the Council’s new City Development and Partnerships Group, which is responsible for one of the largest transformational programmes ever undertaken by a local authority in New Zealand. Gareth’s team will deliver a number of major new facilities in our city centre, including Te Manawataki O Te Papa (Civic Precinct) and the development of the city’s precious waterfront.

Posted: Apr 4, 2023,
Categories: General, CCO, City centre,


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