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Kate de Lautour


Business Hawke’s Bay (BHB) is the region’s economic development agency.  BHB was created in 2011 as an initiative of the Hawke’s Bay Chamber of Commerce with the support of regional stakeholders.

 As a consequence of recent discussions between the boards of Business Hawke’s Bay and the Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) it has been accepted that the governance, management and organisational requirements of Business Hawke’s Bay have grown since its inauguration two years ago.

 Through the mutual agreement of both boards, it has been agreed that BHB will become a separate legal entity with an intended commencement date of 1st July 2013. A private sector Board for BHB will be responsible for the governance of the new entity; the appointment of a dedicated Chief Executive is a significant part of BHB’s development path.  

 The Chief Executive is primarily responsible for achieving BHB’s mission “to retain, grow and attract vibrant businesses and people, making Hawke’s Bay the best regional location in which to work, invest, live and grow “

 The successful candidate will have demonstrated leadership and expertise in General Management within a relevant commercial environment. An in-depth knowledge of economic development would be a distinct advantage as is familiarity in working with Local and Central Government agencies. Candidates should hold a degree in business.

Key leadership priorities for the role include:

  • Business development - fostering regional business growth (economic development)
  • Attracting new business to Hawke’s Bay
  • Executing the Strategic Plan
  • Managing stakeholder relationships
  • Elevating BHB’s presence within the business community, including media  

Applications should be made by email. Please attach your cover letter and CV and send to:

Stu McLauchlan, BHB Chair, [email protected]

A copy of the Position Description can be found at this web link: www.businesshawkesbay.co.nz/pd

 Applications close midday, Friday 7th June 2013.