Our Team



David Turner - Chair

turner.jpgDavid Turner is Managing Director of Sequal Lumber and Chair of the ISK Group.  Sequal Lumber and ISO are the initial shareholders in the Kawerau Container Terminal.  David has extensive experience in exporting and the global finance sector.



John Galbraith

john-galbraith.jpg John has extensive experience developing and leading economic development strategies and projects in the Bay of Plenty over the past 8 years. He served as Executive Chair of Toi-EDA from 2015 to 2017.
He is currently Project Manager  for the Ōpōtiki Harbour Transformation and holds a number of governance and advisory roles:

- Director, Fenglin Wood Industry (New Zealand) Ltd (constructing NZ$ 180M particle board plant, Kawerau)
- Chairman and independent Director: Patchell Industries Ltd, Rotorua. (Transport manufacturing)
- Trustee, Eastern Bay of Plenty Regional Economic Development Agency
- Chair, Bay of Connections Freight Logistics Action Group
- Freight Advisor, BOP Regional Transport Committee

Anthony Olsen

anthony-olsen.jpgAnthony works as an Independent RMA Commissioner, Cultural & Community Engagement Consultant and Treaty Negotiation Project Manager.
He has a demonstrated knowledge of corporate governance, director and trustee responsibilities and obligations; and has held a range of positions in the geothermal energy, fisheries, investment, treaty settlements and Māori development sectors, as well as the wine industry.
He is passionate about increasing investment in innovation and capability in these sectors, primarily increasing involvement of Māori in all sectors of the wine and tourism sectors as a pathway to future regional growth and success.

Paula Thompson


·  Over 30 years resident of Western BOP and Tauranga.
·  Qualified as lawyer. Post Grad Dip in Bus/Admin(Management)
·  Worked for approx. 25 years in local government in Tauranga.
·  Was CEO Tauranga Council 1995-2002.
·  Am in my 3rd term as a BOP Regional Councillor


Have been :
·  Chair/Trustee BOP Community Trust.
·  Chair/Trustee Sport BOP.
·  Member BOP Polytechnic.
·  Member BOP DHB.
·  Director Magic Netball Franchise.
·  Director Whakatāne Town Vision Board.
I am currently:
·   BOP Regional Councillor and Chair the Councils Strategy and Policy Committee.
·   A trustee of EnviroHub

Ray Sharp

ray-sharp.jpgRay Sharp is the owner of Tirohanga Fruit Company which has extensive kiwifruit orchards in Ōpōtiki and Omaio.  Ray has served on the Boards of Zespri and EastPack and is a qualified accountant.


Arihia Tuoro






Vacant - General Manager

Geraldine Hulbert - Secretarial and Administration

Geraldine HulbertGeraldine has been providing secretarial support to Toi-EDA Board meetings since 2008. This position is funded by Ōpōtiki District Council.  From September 2013 Geraldine has been employed directly by Toi-EDA to also provide secretarial and administrative support to the Board itself.  Prior to moving permanently to the sunny Eastern Bay, Geraldine provided secretarial support to the Judiciary for Te Kooti Whenua Māori for the Waikato-Maniapoto Registry in Hamilton.



Barbara MacLennan - Project Manager Workforce Development and Pathways to Work  

Barbara MacLennanBarbara has been actively involved in the Ōpōtiki Harbour Development Project for nearly a decade, and has helped catalyse a sub regional focus on creating more vocational pathways at local levels for existing and emerging jobs. Rangatahi and youth development, and employment, have been recurring themes within Barbara's work over the years.

She has management experience in local and central government, community organisations and the private sector. Barbara specialises in cross-sector collaboration to achieve results around community-led aspirations and plans at local and regional levels. 


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