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.

 

OFFICE MANAGER - Yvonne Berry

Yvonne has the crucial role of supporting ECT management and trustees. She had spent the last 15 years as office manager for local surveying firm Grant & Cooke and is enjoying being part of the Trust's positive vision.

 

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 MANAGER - Kerry Donovan

Kerry Donovan fell in love with the Gizzy lifestyle after moving from Rotorua with her family. A broadcasting extraordinaire, she worked in student radio from the age of 18, attained a BA in Film and Television Studies, a Diploma in Broadcasting Communications and carved an impressive commercial career before channelling her energy and enthusiasm into marketing and communication.

She currently works part time for ECT as well as running her own PR company.

 

PROJECT MANAGER - Jacque White

Jacque White's background is in business analysis and finance as a CA. This makes her well-suited to manage the range of different projects ECT undertakes.

Jacque spent 13 years away from the region - including five years living in Edinburgh and the Czech Republic, where she lead a team of business analysts - before returning home, bringing knowledge from all around the world with her.

 

COMMERCIAL MANAGER - Tony Coombe

Commercial Manager 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.