New di­rec­tors for tourism body

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Re­gional tourism or­gan­i­sa­tion Hamil­ton & Waikato Tourism (HWT) has two new di­rec­tors.

Chair­per­son Annabel Cot­ton an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Mal­colm Phillipps and Kar­leen Turner-Puriri to the HWT board.

Mr Phillipps and Ms Turn­erPuriri are both based in the Waikato.

Ms Turner-Puriri, with Waikato and Ngati Ma­niapoto af­fil­i­a­tions, is a busi­ness de­vel­op­ment an­a­lyst with par­tic­u­lar ex­pe­ri­ence in the Ma¯ori econ­omy and tourism, busi­ness trans­for­ma­tion and en­trepreneur­ship.

She holds a Bach­e­lor of E-commerce and post-grad­u­ate diploma in­man­age­ment stud­ies and is com­plet­ing her MBA.

Mr Phillipps, who runs his own strate­gic mar­ket­ing con­sul­tancy, has more than 20 years mar­ket­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing as chief mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer at 2de­grees.

He has a back­ground in com­mu­ni­ca­tions, me­dia and dig­i­tal en­vi­ron­ments and has held var­i­ous gov­er­nance roles, holds a Bach­e­lor of Commerce and Ad­min­is­tra­tion, is amem­ber of the NZ In­sti­tute of Di­rec­tors and a Fel­low of the Char­tered In­sti­tute of Mar­ket­ing.

Annabel Cot­ton said she was de­lighted, but not sur­prised, HWT had at­tracted two enor­mously tal­ented di­rec­tors.

“The ap­point­ment of Kar­leen and Mal­colm re­flects the soar­ing po­ten­tial of the re­gion’s tourism of­fer; it’s an ex­cit­ing sec­tor to be in­volved in,” she says. “They will bring some very spe­cific ex­per­tise to the board as well as a di­ver­sity of thought and ex­pe­ri­ence. They will make an out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to re­gional tourism.”

The ap­point­ments were ef­fec­tive from the be­gin­ning of the year and the new di­rec­tors will at­tend their first board HWT meet­ing this month, along­side the chair and fel­low di­rec­tors Si­mon Dou­glas, Don Scar­let and Mark Mor­gan.



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