Horowhenua Economic Development Board

 Can Lewis

Cam Lewis - Chair

Cam is a director of Tendertips, one of the largest asparagus growers in New Zealand, and is the next generation of asparagus farming in his family. His governance experience has been fostered through a number of chairman and directorship positions, including his selection to take part in Fonterra’s Governance Development Programme. Cam also has a background in rural finance, and experience with international business, exporting Tendertips produce to Japan.  A passionate supporter of rural farming and the horticulture sector, Cam believes Horowhenua has significant, unrealised potential and is committed to unleashing this by providing governance and strategic oversight to the board. Cam enjoys spending his spare time at home on the farm with his wife and two young children.

 Wayne Bishop

Wayne Bishop - Deputy Chair

Wayne Bishop is currently leading the development of Speldhurst Country Estate, a premier Lifestyle Village driven by Wayne's unique vision and passion for providing a quality living space for older people. Wayne has extensive experience across urban residential, apartment, lifestyle and commercial development across the Lower North Island.  He is also the Deputy Mayor of Horowhenua District Council. Wayne has strong roots within the Horowhenua, his family have been farming in the district since 1917, and his connection to the wider community is clear, serving on Levin's Salvation Army Council for over 20 years. Passionate about Horowhenua's significant economic prospects, he is committed to boosting the district through job creation and by utilising his strong commercial skills to drive improved outcomes. Outside of his busy work commitments, he enjoys spending time with his wife and six children. 

 

Andy Wynne

Andy Wynne has over twenty years experience in technical textile development, innovation, and marketing, having worked with some of the world’s leading apparel brands across Europe and North America.  As the Chief Executive of Levana, The Merino Company, and TMC Innovation he leads teams  in Levin and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam).  Andy believes technological innovation will be a major driver behind Horowhenua’s economic growth, giving our industries an edge on the domestic and international stage. Andy is passionate about the role education and business can collectively play to transform communities.”  

 

 

Antony Young

Antony Young

Antony Young is an advertising and digital media vet having worked in senior agency management roles in New York, London and Hong Kong.  He was Asia regional director for Saatchi & Saatchi and worked extensively with its sister agency ZenithOptimedia as its CEO in the UK, Asia and its Optimedia US operations in New York.  Returning to New Zealand in 2016, he settled in Levin with his wife and children, starting a number of business ventures, including Noho Blueberry Farm, just north of Levin and The Digital Café, a marketing firm which has offices in Wellington and Auckland. Antony brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board room.

 Barry Judd

Barry Judd 

Barry is the Operations Manager of the Horowhenua Learning Centre (HLC) and is also serving his 5th term as a Councillor for the Horowhenua District Council. He has lived in Levin for the past 23 years, and is passionate about the Horowhenua community. Barry is one of Horowhenua’s leading ambassadors for the benefits of education, with particular focus on young people. He has been instrumental in the establishment  and rise of HLC, which in 2015 was named the Horowhenua-Kapiti Business of the Year.  Barry has also played a key role in the negotiation of a joint venture partnership with UCOL to bring tertiary training to Horowhenua.  Barry has also formed close working relationships with the Ministry of Social Development, and has instigated one of New Zealand’s most effective  supported employment programs. Barry believes that Horowhenua has a unique opportunity to join industry and education to provide better outcomes to both businesses, learners, families, and the wider community. 

 Evan Kroll

Evan Kroll 

Evan is the Managing Director of Stevensons, a proud Horowhenua business 120 years in the making. Working for Stevensons for almost 40 years, Evan grew into his role as managing director of the Stevensons Group companies which includes Stevenson Structural Steel,  Stevensons Doors, and Smith Steel. He has lead the companies through a number of major projects, utilising his significant project management skills and drive for quality workmanship.  Evan works with some of New Zealand’s largest construction firms and has delivered landmark projects in the Wellington CBD, and across the Lower North Island. He is passionate about the future that trade careers can provide to the district’s younger constituents, often highlighting that 85% of millionaires in New Zealand are tradesmen. Outside of work, Evan is a notable runner, competing in events such as the New York Marathon in 2010, he is also an avid traveller. 

 Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison 

Larry has a wealth of experience having created, lead, invested in and governed a number of companies and organisations. Larry is the Managing Director of Ellison Group, a family run investment group that helps build New Zealand-based agritech, internet, and design led companies. Larry has a wide range of business interests but is most well know regionally and nationally for the award-winning business Rural Fuel, which he founded with his wife, Jane in 1998 and later sold to BP New Zealand. Larry is passionate about helping companies with high growth potential to realise their ambitions and commercial results. He is also dedicated to his local community, being a major backer of Te Waiora Community Health Service in Foxton, and also serves on the Board of the Te Hinaki Trust, a not-for-profit trust charged with supporting Horowhenua’s disadvantaged children to gain access to digital learning at school and home. 

 Piri-Hira Tukapua

Piri-Hira Tukapua

Piri-Hira is the Managing Director of Taitoko Design and Print, and also serves as a Councillor for the Horowhenua District Council. Piri-Hira established her company in 2006, utilising her strong design industry knowledge and creative talent. Her extensive experience in graphic design and brand management has landed Taitoko Design and Print with major local and national projects.  Piri-Hira has undertaken significant design work for the likes of Te Papa, government agencies and leading New Zealand sporting organisations. Piri-Hira is also a director of Raukawa Whānau Ora Limited, who employ 80 staff, providing health and social services across the Horowhenua-Manawatu districts. Passionate about small business and local employment, she believes Horowhenua is in a unique position to play an important role in the lower North Island’s future.

 Ron Turk

Ron Turk 

Ron is best known as the Managing Director of Turk’s Poultry in Foxton, and also owns a number of other companies across Horowhenua and New Zealand. Turks, a highly successful family business has been operating from Horowhenua since 1966, and employs 220 staff nationwide, 180 of those being in Foxton. Ron has strong governance and leadership skills and is passionate about providing job opportunities to people within the District. Being a member of the Institute of Directors and the Rabo Client Council, Ron constantly strives to become a better leader, and also provide better outcomes for his employees and wider community.