Board Members

MERC – Board of Trustees

Rick Rainey – Board Chair

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Date of Appointment:
2011

Sub-Committee:
Finance Subcommittee

Professional Background:
Computer Engineering. Corporate Management, Business Consulting

Skills and Experience:
Business and Strategic planning, Operational Review, Vendor and IT management. 
With over 30 years of business experience growing and leading high-tech NZ companies, Rick brings a sound strategic and planning focus to the Board of Trustees. Rick currently runs his own business consultancy in the areas of technology and innovation, Strategy and business planning for both profit and non-profit organisations.

When not working, Rick follows his passion for sailing and is often cruising the Hauraki Gulf with his family in their Lotus 10.6 yacht. Ricks volunteering background includes having been a long term volunteer with the Auckland Volunteer Coastguard, in both an operational and management capacity, and supporting youth sailing through the local yacht clubs.

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Alick Wilson – Deputy Chair

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Date of Appointment:
1991

Sub-Committee:
Health and Safety

Qualifications:
Master Mariner (Foreign Going)                                         

Professional Background:
Master Mariner                                                         

Interests:
Golf,fishing and most activities outdoors–if its fun, then I am starter.

Skills and Experience:
A master mariner for the past 54 years mostly working on freighters and in the offshore exploration industry. Currently semi-retired but also working on contracts captaining seismic research vessels or doing ship deliveries.

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Tony Peat – Treasurer

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Date of Appointment: 2015

Sub-Committee: Finance Committee

Qualifications: Chartered Accountant (CA), Certificate of Public Practice (PP), Bachelor of Business (in Accounting) 

Professional Background:
Chartered Accountant

Skills and Experience:
ony operates a Chartered Accountancy practice in Silverdale, has a keen interest in yachting and diving, and has served as Treasurer on several sports club committees in the past.

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Dr Ross Garrett – Secretary

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Date of appointment: 1979

Qualifications:  B.A., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Professional Background:
32 years on the academic staff of the Physics Department of the University of Auckland teaching and researching. 13 years as chairman of the Board of MERC

Sports:
Cruising and competitive sailing, recreational skiing.

Retired University of Auckland physics lecturer and scientific company director. Founding trustee and MERC Board chairman 1995 – 2008. Current MERC board secretary.

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Denise Lee – Trustee

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Date of Appointment: 2015

Qualifications:
Denise studied politics and history at Victoria University, Wellington, before going on to gain a Masters degree in Public Policy and Theology in the United States.

Professional Background:
Denise is MP for Maungakiekie – Tamaki in Central Auckland.

Skills and Experience:
Co-founding and leading TableSide Charitable Trust – a unique community brokering agency bringing small businesses, other not-for-profits and local residents together for connective social outcomes.

In addition to her wider responsibilities as a Governing Body member, Denise is the Deputy Chair of both the Tenders & Procurement and Regulatory & Bylaws Committees and is also lead Councillor for the Ethnic Peoples Panel. She is a member of the Economic Development, Unitary Plan, and CCO Governance and Monitoring Committees as well as the Treaty Settlement working party.

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Professor Mark Orams – Trustee

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Date of Appointment: 1996

Sub-Committee:
Human Resources Committee

Qualifications:
JP, PhD, MSc, BRP(Hons)

Professional Background:
Professor in Coastal and Marine Tourism and Associate Director of the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute at AUT University.

Skills and Experience:
Governance of charitable trusts. Strategic thinking and planning. Marine science and resource management. Marine recreation, education and interpretation.

JP, PhD, MSc, BRP (Hons). Head of Department, Tourism and Event Management, Auckland University of Technology. Marine environmental educator, researcher, yachtsman, surfer. Trustee.

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 Steve Hathaway – Trustee

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Date of Appointment: 2016

Qualifications:
Construction industry for 20 years, managing projects, producer, creative thinker, good communication skills, Local Launch Operator (LLO), underwater cameraman

Skills and Experience:
Construction industry for 20 years, managing projects, producer, creative thinker, good communication skills, Local Launch Operator (LLO), underwater cameraman

Background:
A long-time lover of the ocean, Steve left the trade he’d known for the previous 20 years (running his own construction business), to pursue his passion of telling stories about the underwater world.

Since starting filming underwater professionally in 2008, his footage has appeared on BBC, Discovery TV, National Geographic and TVNZ, in numerous award-winning documentaries including the popular and timely documentary ‘Blackfish’.

He created the series ‘Young Ocean Explorers’, where he takes his daughter, Riley, for adventures into his world. They’ve filmed 20 episodes on animals like: Orca, turtles, sharks, crayfish, humpback whales. Their aim is to inspire a generation of kids to love our ocean, through their entertaining and educational show.

Interests:
Family, diving, spearfishing, water skiing, surfing … give me some toys to play with in the ocean any day!

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 Robert Gill – Trustee


Date of Appointment:

2018

Background:

Not-for-profit management, Health policy and national programme management, Social sector business development.

Skills and Experience:

Business and service development, General management, Strategic planning, Change management, Evaluation and Quality improvement. With over 25 years of health and disability leadership experience, Rob is passionate about improving health and wellbeing outcomes for people and communities. Rob is currently National Manager – Business Operations for the New Zealand centre for mental health, addiction and disability workforce development, Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui. He contributes relevant health and social service experience to the Board of Trustees.

In his free time, Rob spends time with family hiking, surfing, playing social soccer and traveling. Rob’s governance and leadership experience includes leading a school Board and an innovative Auckland non-government organisation, along with advisory and trustee roles spanning health insurance and rehabilitation, tertiary education, industry peak bodies and health promotion agencies.

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