Trustees

5 Quick Facts About Our Board of Trustees

  1. The Board is the governing body of the BayTrust and currently has 12 members. They are appointed by the Minister of Finance for four-year terms.
  2. The Board has among its members a balanced representation from throughout the Bay of Plenty and community, investment, legal and financial expertise to enable the Trust to apply broad-based skills and wisdom to it’s governance standards.
  3. The Board is responsible for the policy direction of the BayTrust. This includes strategic planning, budgets and Investments, Grants and other Policies. It delegates the day-to-day management of the Trust to the Chief Executive.
  4. The Board operates under a Charter which includes a Code of Conduct in which all Trustees commit to acting ethically and professionally and to avoid conflicts of interest with respect to their fiduciary responsibilities.
  5. The Board has four standing committees: Audit, Governance, Investments and Dillon Scholarship.

Western Bay Of Plenty Trustees

Kenneth Brown

Kenneth Brown

Kenneth Brown

CA, Tauranga

Trustee since 2011. 

What motivated you to be involved with BayTrust? 

I was asked and it seemed a worthwhile organisation

What are you most passionate about in supporting the community?

Ensuring we make a difference and improve communities (rather than just spending money for them to pay bills)

What are your three favourite things about the local community where you live?

Close to main centre and arterial routes/new, quiet street/friendly neighbours

What are you excited about for the future in the Bay of Plenty?

The growth and development but it needs to be carefully planned

Michael Christensen

Michael Christensen

Michael Christensen

QSM, JP, Tauranga

Trustee since 2012.

What motivated you to be involved with BayTrust?

I was asked and after spending many years in the greater Bay of Plenty area and on researching the Trust background I saw an opportunity to contribute and be part of an organisation working towards making the bay and its environment a better place for all its people.

What are you most passionate about in supporting the community?

As a father and grandfather then making a difference for the benefit of future generations of young people plus helping to provide a better environment for their future.

What are your three favourite things about the local community where you live?

My three favourite things are - the natural beauty of the harbour and surrounding beaches, the nearby forests and fauna, the people who thrive in this environment together with their sense of pride.

What are you excited about for the future in the Bay of Plenty?

A growing and developing future that strengthens today's economic base and provides diverse opportunities to its people at the same time giving protection to and sustaining all its natural beauty and features, so all can prosper.

 

Simon Clarke

Simon Clarke

Simon Clarke

Tauranga

Simon joined the Board of Trustees in September 2015

What motivated you to be involved with BayTrust? 

The opportunity to contribute to the community where I was raised, have lots of family connections and have lived for a good part of my life.

What are you most passionate about in supporting the community?

Along with my wife and family, I’m a big fan and advocate for our natural environment – the beach, the forest, the rivers, the lakes, and the flora & fauna. The BOP is a special and unique environment. I’m also a strong supporter of the local arts and cultural sign (which needs all the support it can get!).

What are your three favourite things about the local community where you live?

I live in Matua in Tauranga. I love the inner harbour, the estuary walks, the parks, the “stillness” and the great people and sense of community.

What are you excited about for the future in the Bay of Plenty? The BOP is a great place to be.

The opportunities are endless and exciting. I’d love to see the area continue to grow into a diverse, sustainable, vibrant and prosperous region that puts its natural environment at the centre. We need to be confident and a region with a clear point of difference and a strong sense of identity. At the same time, we need to make sure the “rising tide of prosperity” lifts all parts and all the people in our communities.  

 

Rita Nabney- Chair Feb 2019-

Rita Nabney- Chair Feb 2019-

Rita Nabney- Chair 

What motivated you to be involved with BayTrust?

Having lived in the Bay of Plenty and raised a family here I relished the opportunity of being part of an organisation where the Vision is “Bay of Plenty is the greatest  place to be”

What are you most passionate about in supporting the community?

I am passionate about seeing what the money we grant makes in improving the outcomes for many people in their daily lives.

What are your three favourite things about the local community where you live?

I love walking up and around the Mount and seeing so many people who are focused on exercise and sport in our community.

I am passionate about fishing and diving in the Bay of Plenty and think that we are so grateful to have the Pacific Ocean on our doorstep to play in.

I love the social aspect of our community including the café’, bar’s and restaurants and the emerging music scene with the many and diverse concerts occurring.

What are you excited about for the future in the Bay of Plenty?

Watching the Bay grow with the benefits being shared by all.

Steve Napier

Steve Napier

Steve Napier

What motivated you to be involved with BayTrust?

The work is really interesting and the trust is such a great community asset.

What are you most passionate about in supporting the community?

To help people who are struggling.

What are your three favourite things about the local community where you live?

Tauranga has good facilities and is close to the beach and the forest.

What are you excited about for the future in the Bay of Plenty?

Bay of plenty is becoming broader in its commercial activities, which gives younger people more opportunities.

 

Roger Taylor

Roger Taylor

Roger Taylor

What motivated you to be involved with BayTrust?

An opportunity to build and support stronger communities using the knowledge acquired over many years of service in the social, education and health sectors.

What are you most passionate about in supporting the community?

The wellbeing of children and those that care for them.

What are your three favourite things about the local community where you live?

The physical attractiveness of the ocean, mountains, and rivers, the growing influence of Maori in the social and economic activity of the BoP and how more and more relatives are relocating here. A mixed blessing perhaps!          

What are you excited about for the future in the Bay of Plenty?

The growing realisation that the improved well-being of all has a vital role to perform in the overall wellbeing of communities and those who reside within them.