Taranaki Branch

Taranaki Branch Committee

Meet the members of the Taranaki Branch Committee

  • Marie Callander, BA, PGDipBusAdmin, Dip Tch, LLB (Hons), MComLaw (Hons), CMInstD

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    Marie is a corporate and commercial law partner at Auld Brewer Mazengarb & McEwen in New Plymouth who specialise in corporate governance for both commercial and not-for-profit entities. Marie has been a member of the New Zealand Law Society since 2008. She lectured company and commercial law from 2000 to 2005 and has subsequently been a guest lecturer in advanced company law at the University of Otago. Marie holds degrees from the University of Otago where she gained a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History and a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), Massey University where she gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Business and Administration and the University of Auckland where she gained a Masters of Commercial Law (First Class Honours). Marie is a member of the board of Presbyterian Support Central and a former Deputy Chairperson of the board of Scripture Union New Zealand Incorporated.

  • Craig Hattle, BSc (Agric), MBA, CMInstD

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    Craig is currently the Board Chair of the Advantage Business group nationally and has been responsible for the group’s internal governance review process. He has been heavily involved in the development of the Applied Governance programmes in use by group advisors with SME clients across New Zealand. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and has held positions on a variety of different boards and advisory boards, with companies in engineering, seafood processing, airfreight and logistics, heavy vehicle parts and services and in horticulture. After taking an Agricultural Science Degree, Craig worked as an Agronomist until he had the opportunity to buy into his own business, and spent a decade growing the family group of businesses in the fresh-cut flower trade. He took on his first non-executive board position at Hallmark Flowers in the UK, a Directorship held for several years, during which time he completed his MBA. He also serves on the Okato Cooperating Parish council, where he is responsible for the property and asset management portfolio.

  • Murray Seamark, MInstD

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    I come from an operation background with manufacturing industries. This led to a partnership in a start-up business in 2001, together building this to +$20m and 35 staff before exiting in 2014 and I wish I knew then what I know now. I have a passion for SME businesses, in particular manufacturing, and understand the pressure points and growth strategies that face them all. Over recent years I have been working within local SMEs sharing the benefits of my experiences to help bring about change within the business, which usually involves facilitating the owner/director from operational dependency within it. Part of this process involves leading them into some sort of governance function and have found the tools available within the Institute a valuable resource. I have learned the benefits that governance thinking can add, even to small organisations and am passionate in ensuring the services and tools available within the IoD are accessible to all enabling them to add diversity of thought in their organisations. I have been a member of the Taranaki committee for the past 3 years and have ‘member representation’ as the main part of my portfolio. My desire, as it is with the entire Branch Committee, is how can we raise the level of governance within our local community. I stand again to represent the region endeavouring that the resources are available to all whom are seeking growth and strategy in their business.

  • Stacey Hitchcock, MInstD

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    An experienced manager, leader and governor with a strategic, creative and pragmatic approach and several years’ proven success in delivering leadership across projects, stakeholder engagement and not for profit management.

  • Garth Clarricoats MInstD

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    Garth moved to Taranaki in 1986 and had his plans to leave in 1988 completely shattered when he met the lady who became his wife. He is now considering buying a plot at a local cemetery. He is managing director of SHARE Taranaki, a specialist personal insurance and consulting business, and has served on a number of boards in the not-for-profit sector. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Advisers, a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and has been a member of the Institute of Directors since 2004. He has been involved with the IoD’s Taranaki sub-branch organising committee since it started in 2009 and is proud to see that the province he calls home now has its own branch of which he is currently Branch Chair.

  • Brent Hulbert CA, MInstD

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    Brent is a Partner at PwC based in Taranaki, he specialises as a tax advisor.  He has significant experience in the oil and gas sector including business operations in Taranaki, throughout New Zealand and across the globe. Brent represents PwC New Zealand at a variety of local and international oil and gas forums and leads PwC New Zealand’s connections with PwC Perth. His specialties include tax planning, tax risk management, tax certainty and controversy. He’s particularly interested in inbound investment, oil and gas, Māori business and local government. His clients range from small to large across a number of industries in the private business, local government, Māori business and multinational sectors.  He provides practical and commercial solutions to tax issues, as well as sound problem solving, local knowledge and global insight.

  • Rob Facer, MBA, CMInstD

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    Rob is an accomplished Professional Director, Advisor and CEO, who has extensive experience across a range of industry sectors and organisation types, gained in New Zealand and Internationally. He brings a deep understanding and insight into the critical issues of strategy development and execution; the importance of culture and values on organisational performance; and the setting of appropriate governance, compliance and risk-management frameworks.  Rob has held a number of CEO and Director level positions in the wider education sector, leading organisations such as Intueri Education Group Limited, Employment Focus Limited and ABC Developmental Learning Centres Limited. Prior to this, he held Senior Executive and Director level roles for international agribusiness organisations both in New Zealand and abroad, held multiple senior level roles in a large agribusiness cooperative, and has established and run his own successful agricultural retail distribution business. Based in Taranaki, Rob is a Mentor with Business Mentors NZ and active locally in governance roles for the community and not-for-profit sector. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors (NZ), and holds an MBA from the University of New England.