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 has seen the organsiation grow from just three staff to the current team. She 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.

 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ADVISOR - Erina Hurihanganui

Erina Hurihanganui’s background is in broadcast and multi-media communications, and community led development. She has worked for the Department of Internal Affairs in the community operations sector for the past seven years in Dunedin and Tairawhiti Gisborne. 

Strong te Tairawhiti whanau connections and her knowledge of community engagement, make Erina a crucial asset to the ECT team, as the organisation’s community well-being and impact framework develops throughout 2019.

 

BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND DEVELOPMENT ADVISOR - Liz Alder

Liz Alder's career spans from social enterprise and small business, to mass market global business. Her career has taken her aroudn the globe, working in publishing, horticulture, sport and tourism in the UK, Africa and Australasia.

Liz’s experience in entrepreneurship led to her being voted one of the top 40 under 40 Auckland University Alumni in 2018, she is a world class asset to the ECT whanau.

 

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.

 

COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING ADVISOR - Kayla Dalrymple

Kayla Dalrymple's background is mainly in print journalism. Her time spent as a reporter for the Gisborne Herald means she is well conencted to many different sectors of the Tairawhiti Gisborne community.

After freelancing for local organisations and national magazines, and a summer abroad, she began working for the Eastland Community Trust.

 

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.

Erina Hurihanganui’s background is in broadcast and multi-media communications, and community led development. She worked for the Department of Internal Affairs in the community operations sector for the past seven years in Dunedin and Tairawhiti Gisborne. 

Strong te Tairawhiti whanau connections and her knowledge of community engagement, make Erina a crucial asset to the ECT team, as the organisation’s community well-being and impact framework develops throughout 2019.