Taranaki Branch

Taranaki Branch Committee

Meet the members of the Taranaki Branch Committee

  • 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.

    Garth is managing director of Optimum Professional Services Ltd. t/a SHARE, a specialist personal insurance and consulting business. He currently serves on both commercial and crown entities and has served on a number of boards in the not-for-profit sector. Garth was 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 was involved with the IoD’s Taranaki sub-branch organising committee when it started in 2009 and is proud to see the province with its own branch.

  • Brent Hulbert CA, MInstD

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    Brent is an Executive Director at PwC New Zealand 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, technology 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.

  • Kaleb Heberley CA MInstD

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    Kaleb has been working in ASB’s Commercial banking division for the last five years - first in Wellington, and now in Taranaki where he is the region’s Commercial Manager. A qualified Chartered Accountant, Kaleb has extensive further experience in the Financial Services industry including 5 years’ with international accounting firm, BDO.

    Kaleb’s whakapapa is from Taranaki and Wellington (Te Atiawa), and he is now based in New Plymouth with his family.

  • Sam Tyson MInstD

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    Sam has been the managing director for Climate & Plumbing since 2010. Under her leadership, Climate & Plumbing recently won the TSB Taranaki Chamber of Commerce, Medium Business Excellence and Trades Excellence Awards in 2018. Also winning the New Zealand Master Plumber of the Year Award for business excellence in 2015. From not knowing a lot about plumbing, she has immersed herself in the plumbing industry and is now a member of national and local statutory stakeholder groups and the Master Plumbers, Gasfitters, Drainlayers NZ Inc. board.

    Sam has come from a strategic business development and mentoring background where she has worked with numerous business leaders helping them to obtain better results in their businesses. Sam is driven to further help organisations at a governance level by being a “proficient practicing director”.

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

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    Craig is currently the Board Chair of Carefirst in Taranaki, heads the Governance Committee at the FBT/Osflo group and is Chair of Edison Consulting Engineers Advisory Board in Tauranga. He advises business owners and Boards in Governance and Leadership, and was Director and Chair of the Advantage Business Board in Auckland for a six year term.

    He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors (NZ) and has contributed to the Taranaki committee for the last three years.

    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 also currently has an active interest as a Director in a local cut flower Orchid farm in Taranaki.

  • Murray Seamark, MInstD

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    Murray comes from an operation background within manufacturing industries. This led to a partnership in a start-up business in 2001, together building this to +$20m and 35 staff business before exiting in 2014.

    He has a passion for SME businesses, in particular manufacturing, and understands the pressure points and growth strategies that face them all. Over recent years he has worked within local SMEs sharing the benefits of his experience 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 he has found the tools available within the Institute a valuable resource.

    Murray’s experience has confirmed the benefits that governance thinking can add, even to small organisations, and he is passionate about ensuring that the services and tools available within the IoD are accessible to all enabling them to add diversity of thought in their organisations.

    Murray has been a member of the Taranaki committee for the past 4 years and is stand again to serve SME businesses in our local community.

  • Stacey Hitchcock, MInstD

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    Elected in 2016 and in her first term at New Plymouth District Council, Stacey is the youngest Councillor and also holds the role of Deputy Chair of the Planning Committee. Stacey has held leadership and governance roles in various organisations over the last 12 years. With a background in youth development and event/venue management she moved to Auckland in 2005 to start ZEAL (an inner city youth creative arts and music venue) before returning to Taranaki and getting involved in local and central government politics.

    Stacey is also currently undertaking business case development work for the Department of Conservation and is a contractor for strategy and business case work, currently contracting to PKW. Completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Not for Profit Management in 2011, Stacey is currently enrolled with the Public Policy Masters programme at Victoria University.

    A committed community volunteer, Stacey is a committee member on the Taranaki Alpine Club, Christmas at the Bowl and the Taranaki branch of Institute of Directors. Also an advisor to ZEAL Taranaki, Director for Accelerator (Taranaki Futures Program) and working with a team on the development of a Centre for Innovation and Creativity and a Taranaki Tracks and Trails Trust.

  • Ruth Smithers MInstD

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    Ruth has a senior executive background in health and social services and is an owner of small manufacturing and business consulting businesses. She was on Worksafe NZ board of directors in 2017 as part of the IOD Future Directors Programme and is currently trustee on national and local not for profit trusts.

    Ruth brings skills in business development, particularly in developing and deploying strategy and requisite change, with all of the dynamics that brings. Her recent work within a large kaupapa Maori NGO was focused on leading significant organisational change and infrastructure development to support the business’s rapid growth. She also brings experience in design thinking approaches to deliver social impact programmes.

    Ruth had an early career in nursing and has attained an MBA (Distinction).