DATE 11 April 2018
NEW ECT CHAIRMAN: Dr Paul Reynolds has been appointed chairman of Eastland Community Trust. He sees his new role as a way to give back to the community. Picture courtesy of the Gisborne Herald
Eastland Community Trust has elected Paul Reynolds as the new board chairman to replace Michael Muir.
Dr Reynolds was born and raised in Gisborne, educated at Campion College and holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Otago.
While he left the region to pursue his career — notably serving as Ministry for the Environment chief executive from 2008 until 2015 — he has returned with enthusiasm to make a difference.
“I am excited for the challenges ahead and to help take Eastland Community Trust to the next level.”
Dr Reynolds says he looks forward to seeing the trust work more closely in partnership with the community.
“I believe in the trust’s purpose of creating a more positive, prosperous and attractive Tairawhiti and together we can make that happen.
“It has been good to be home, and I am looking forward to what the future brings.”
Dr Reynolds is also Landcare Research deputy chairman, AgResearch director, Our Land and Water Science Challenge chairman and Sir Peter Blake Trust chairman.
Mr Muir was appointed to Eastland Community Trust (ECT) in July 2010 and became chairman in 2016.
During this time Mr Muir chaired ECT through a period of significant change, including the appointment of the trust’s first chief executive Gavin Murphy and the 2017 Activate Tairawhiti merger — a major decision, that saw the trust absorb the full functions of the economic development agency, including the region’s tourism service and marketing function.
“Michael is stepping down as a trustee at the end of his current term, and we thank Michael for his tireless efforts over the years, especially as chair and in moving the trust into a new strategic era,” says Mr Murphy.
Dr Reynolds has been an ECT trustee since July 2015. He retires from the trust by rotation in June and will be seeking reappointment by the council.