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We have an experienced and talented team brimming with enthusiasm for Northland and its economic growth potential.

Our office is in the Whangarei CBD, however our team live as far as Auckland and the Bay of Islands. We all work to progress the Northland economy by facilitating business growth, supporting innovation, attracting investment and visitors; making this beautiful region an exciting place to live, grow, learn and prosper.

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Leadership Team

Dr. David Wilson Chief Executive Officer
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Dr. David Wilson

David has been leading Northland Inc since September 2013. David holds a BA in psychology and social policy, a Masters in Public Policy with first class honours and a PhD in regional development. He is a fellow of the Economic Development Association of New Zealand and in September 2015 was appointed Chair of EDANZ. He is looking forward to working within Northland and with other regions to improve regional development policy and practice in New Zealand.

Contact details:

Email[email protected]
Phone+64 9 438 5110
Mobile+64 21 763 085
George Riley General Manager, Maori Economic Development
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George Riley

George's role reinforces an improved focus on growing the Northland Maori economy with a view to generating sustainable employment and increased prosperity. He works alongside of the Business Innovation and Growth team to deliver support to Maori enterprises available from within the region and from central government, as part of the Regional Business Partnership with NZTE and Callaghan Innovation.

Contact details:

Email[email protected]
Phone+64 9 438 6092
Mobile+64 27 245 2001
Jude Thompson Portfolio Manager, Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan
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Jude Thompson

Jude is responsible for the portfolio management of the Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan (Action Plan) which encompasses multiple projects that together will contribute to transforming Northland’s economy. Jude has a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors and an extensive knowledge of regional stakeholders, Maori, local and central government.

Contact details:

Email[email protected]
Mobile+64 21 445 504

Northland Inc Team

David Templeton Business Growth Manager
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David Templeton

David works with Northland businesses facilitating access to support available from within the region and from central government, as part of the Regional Business Partnership with NZTE and Callaghan Innovation. David’s specialists areas are early stage growth, food and wine and business sustainability.

Contact details:

Email[email protected]
Phone+64 9 438 7545
Mobile+64 27 248 2164
Derryn Mawson Business Growth Manager
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Derryn Mawson

Derryn works with Northland businesses facilitating access to support available from within the region and from central government, as part of the Regional Business Partnership with NZTE and Callaghan Innovation. Her specialist areas are early stage business development, digital and innovation.

Contact details:

Email[email protected]
Phone+64 9 438 1645
Mobile+64 22 641 5246
Pete Gleeson Business Growth Advisor - Investment
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Pete Gleeson

Pete works here at Northland Inc and at the Whangarei District Council with businesses across Northland that are looking for investors to take their company to the next level. He also facilitates business relocations to the region and is key in connecting local and international investors with strategic investment opportunities. Pete’s specialist area is building relationships between the appropriate parties to facilitate direct investment.

Contact details:

Email[email protected]
Phone+64 9 438 5110
Mobile+64 27 465 5273
Melanie Sweet Business Growth Facilitator - Primary Industries
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Melanie Sweet

Melanie works both here at Northland Inc and at the Ministry of Primary Industries to facilitate Northland businesses accessing support both from within the region and central government, as part of the Regional Business Partnership with NZTE and Callaghan Innovation.
Melanie’s specialist areas are building relationships to support primary sector growth and capability across primary industries.

Contact details:

Email[email protected]
Phone+64 9 430 2175
Mobile+64 27 203 5870

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