Our Team

Our office

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER - Gavin Murphy

Gavin Murphy joins ECT after a 13-year career at Eastland Group and many years heading projects and teams in New Zealand and offshore prior to that.

He has extensive experience in the utility sector, particularly the electricity industry, which saw him spend time in Indonesia heading a key project.

 

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT - Suzanne Green

Suzanne hails from Boston but has lived in New Zealand for the past six years. Prior to working for ECT, Suzanne worked as an EA for Zespri's CFO, PwC NZ Partners and UKMEA Consulting's Practice Leader.

 

OFFICE MANAGER - Yvonne Berry

Yvonne plays a crucial role in supporting ECT management and trustees. Prior to working for the trust, she spent 15 years as Office Manager for local surveying firm Grant & Cooke.

 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER - Audine Grace-Kutia

Audine Grace-Kutia is familiar name to many in the not-for-profit sector after spending 17 years as a community advisor with the Department of Internal Affairs.

Audine brings unparalleled distribution management experience to the team and will take our processes to the next level as we look to distribute some $10 million back in to the community this year.

 

DISTRIBUTIONS ADVISOR - Peter Varey

Peter Varey is deeply connected to the Tairawhiti community, having spent 20 years previously as a local secondary school teacher.

His wide-spread community roots are an essential asset in the distributions advisory role, which is mainly geared towards community resilience projects.

 

COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING MANAGER - Matt Cairns

Matt Cairns makes his return home after a decade away, bringing a wealth of knowledge and a young family back to Tairawhiti.

Aside from a strong basis in business - he spent five years as Softball Australia Business Development Manager and then Bay of Plenty Rugby Union Commercial Manager - Matt has a lifelong passion for Surf Life Saving, growing up as a Waikanae SLSC member. He is also the current coach for the SLNZ NZ Youth Team High Performance Programme.

 

COMMERCIAL CONSULTANT - Tony Coombe

Commercial Consultant for ECT and Activate Tairawhiti, Tony Coombe is a CA with extensive commercial experience, gained across a wide range of industries.

Most recently he led the sale of the Prime Sawmill and is actively involved in the creation of the Gisborne Wood Processing Centre of Excellence.