Key Appointments in the Waikato 

If you have a key appointment you would like to announce please contact Rebecca.

Erin Anderson

The Dress for Success Board of Trustees are thrilled to annouce Erin Anderson as their Hamilton Executive Manager. 

Erin is well-known in the Waikato network for her communications, stakeholder and public relations and events expertise. Most recently Erin was Director of Communications at Wintec Te Pūkenga and has worked in a variety of public and private organisations, including Waikato Rugby and the Chiefs, over her varied career.

Erin is regarded as a communicator, connector and leader and has a passion and flair for putting on great events and is enthusiastic about reputational enhancement and management for organisations through well thought out communication strategies and engagement.

On a personal level, she is married and Mum to two adult boys plus is Nana to a gorgeous granddaughter. Erin enjoys cycling, cooking (and eating it too!) and travel.

Douw van der Merwe 

Fosters are pleased to introduce Douw van der Merwe, General Manager of our newly launched residential business. 

Douw has 30 years of construction experience across a diverse range of industries internationally, including industrial, commercial, education, health, residential, retail, mining, government, remediation, and fitout.

Adaptable, analytical, and committed, Douw describes himself as a ‘learner’; someone who enjoys solving challenges, developing, and growing. He has an engineering degree and post graduate qualifications in economics, professional management, and leadership.

Fosters CEO Nigel Sun is thrilled with the appointment.

"We wanted someone who has extensive experience in the residential construction industry, with proven leadership skills, and a commitment to doing the right thing. Douw’s vision for making a real difference made him the ideal person to lead this business towards success.

“Bringing with him an in-depth knowledge of the industry and the supply chain, along with his affinity for good processes to optimise efficiency and delivery, makes him a good fit for 'the Fosters way'" said Nigel.

A strong believer that creating value for the wider community is based on good trust-based relationships, Douw said he’s joined Fosters because “they are such a good bunch of people, doing good things in my community. And I want to be part of that.”

Douw moved to New Zealand from the UK in 2010. Prior to joining Fosters he headed up a Hamilton-based residential volume builder for 7 years.

Tracy Hemingway 

Tracy Hemingway has been appointed the Chair of the Waikato Women’s Fund, following the departure of Chantal Baxter who has served as Chair for the past year and as a committee member since the Fund’s foundation. 

Tracy has been a committee member since January 2022, leading some highly successful events. As Chair, Tracy will lead the Fund’s strategy and spearhead the integrity of the committee’s processes, while engaging with like-minded organisations in the region. 

As Tracy notes: “I’m so passionate about helping women and girls to thrive, and am pleased to continue my support for the Waikato Women’s Fund in 2024 as Chair. I look forward to building upon the incredible mahi of our previous Chairs and committee members over the past five years, and further fostering our community of generous women to create even more opportunities for women and girls in the Waikato.” 

In her professional life, Tracy is the director of Debt Free Diva, creating and sharing resources that help the everyday hero achieve financial freedom on their terms. 

Tracy adds: “We have a great committee with a couple of new additions in 2024, and some fantastic events planned includingour next Waahine Toa most likely in May. Watch out for more details soon!” 

Richard Briggs 

iCLAW is thrilled to announce that we have made an investment in our leadership capability with the appointment of Richard Briggs as our new Chief Executive.

Richard is a high-impact globally experienced Chief Executive, bringing over 20 years of strategic leadership across both the private and public sectors to the role. His track record includes executive leadership experience across complex organisations, including multinational companies, local government, and central government.

As an independent consultant over the past two years, Richard focused on strategy development and execution, best practice governance frameworks, corporate structuring, and executive coaching.

Prior to this Richard was the Chief Executive of Hamilton City Council, leading a team of 1,200 plus in a complex multi-stakeholder environment to make a positive, significant, and enduring impact on the Hamilton community. Richard has also worked for Fonterra across several senior commercial roles in New Zealand and globally.

Richard is a big thinker who is passionate about building high-performing and strategically impactful businesses. “I was attracted to iCLAW because of their absolute focus on building high-impact individuals and teams, and their track record of delivering world-class service, advice and insights that unlock strategic value for clients,” says Richard.

Bringing Richard onboard the Chief Executive of iCLAW will propel us toward our ambitions of building a world-class high-impact, high-performing law firm that will ensure our clients, employees and communities prosper well into the future.

Kelvyn Eglington

Craigs Investment Partners have appointed Kelyvn Eglington as their new General Manager.

Kelvyn joined Craigs in January 2023, following 6 years as CEO of the Momentum Waikato Community Foundation, where he led the development of a $50m endowment fund and led a team to fundraise $80m for the Waikato Regional Theatre. Prior to this, Kelvyn spent 12 years in executive roles for the world’s largest mining company, Newmont Mining in Waihi, Perth and Jakarta and across the Asia Pacific. Kelvyn brings a wealth of leadership experience and an extensive network of relationships across the Waikato.

As General Manager, Kelvyn will lead the Waikato team to ensure the effective delivery of services to clients and is establish a regional strategy to significantly grow the Branch's presence across the region and enhance its contribution to Craigs national business.

Kelvyn is a board member of Surf Lifesaving New Zealand and chair of the New Zealand Surf Lifesaving Foundation, a chartered member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, a member of the Institute of Directors Waikato Committee, and a trustee of the Braemar Charitable Trust.

Rebecca Aston

Exciting times are ahead for our dynamic business community as we proudly announce a key appointment within the Waikato Chamber of Commerce. We are thrilled to welcome Rebecca Aston to our team in the role of Marketing and Events Manager. 

Rebecca (Bex) joins us from H3 Group as Major Events and Project Manager where she was responsible for the delivery of the recent, highly successful FIFA Women's World Cup 2023. We sat down with Rebecca to get to know more about her. Read the interview with Rebecca here

Sean Murray, General Manager of Events and Economic Development at Hamilton City Council shared his thoughts about his experience working with Rebecca. 

"Rebecca has been the Major Events Manager at Hamilton Council’s H3 Group for the past seven and a half years. Prior to that she had been with the University of Waikato and had completed two and a half years in Council's communications department.

Rebecca has a very high profile and respected reputation across New Zealand’s major event industry. Whilst just having completed the highly successful delivery of Hamilton’s hosting of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, she has also led the city hosting for the Icc Women’s Cricket World Cup, Rugby League World Cup, the HSBC NZ Sevens series and a range of All Blacks tests amongst others. Rebecca is known for her unwavering commitment and championship of Hamilton and the Waikato."

Only just two weeks ago Rebecca was the recipient of Hamilton Council's Ki Te Hoe Award for everyday individual excellence.

Simon Wickham 

Momentum Waikato is happy to announce the appointment of Simon Wickham as their new CEO.

Simon is an experienced Director, Chief Executive and leader. Simon is well versed in creating high performing engaged teams, developing business strategy and leadership, and aligning stakeholders and partners around strategy and a collective vision.

Simon is particularly passionate about making a difference to organisations he serves. Before moving to the Waikato in 2019, he was named a laureate in the West Auckland Business Hall of Fame for services to commercial enterprise and the community, including the work undertaken as CEO at The Trusts to transform and grow profitability, team engagement and Giving Back to the West Auckland community. Simon joins the Momentum team as the former Chief Executive at Harkness Henry Lawyers.

“I’m honoured,” says Simon, “roles like these don't come up often, with their unique blend of benefaction, commercial decision-making and great community impact.”

Momentum Chair Neil Richardson shares “We are looking forward to the value Simon will add to our skilled team. His experience in leadership, stakeholder management and the strong positive response we had from past employers about his communication and strategic skills stood out, as well as his passion for making a difference to the people he serves.”

With years of governance and managerial experience across various roles, Simon is ready to bring his knowledge to Momentum to help make a positive impact on the lives of people in the Waikato. 

Read more from Momentum Waikato here


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