Steve is Taranaki born and bred, with an electrical trade background worked throughout the North Island on various construction projects before returning to Taranaki to work in the Oil and gas sector. Starting a family sheetmetal and heating business in 1991 Steve eventually bought out the business, which is now known as Rivet Fabrication and Rivet Engineering.
Steve is passionate about developing Taranaki businesses and developing our people for the betterment of our community. He has served on the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce Board for four terms where he believes he offered a “hands on trades” perspective to the board. While on the board of the Chamber he instigated the “Network of Trades (NOT’s)” for trade based business owners to network and support each other.
Andy Watt is the General Manager Sales & Marketing TIL Freight, a nationwide transport and logistics company. Andy is excited to represent the transport industry and a large local employer through Taranaki Futures. Andy has been involved with Taranaki Futures since the start as a sponsor and has been really impressed at the outcomes and continued opportunities the trust creates.
Andy’s role allows him to interact with many different business segments and sizes all over New Zealand.
Having a family of three boys he has personal experience in the challenging dynamics faced by parents and young adults considering the transition from school to work or further education.
Simon is Chief Executive Officer of BAF - Bishop’s Action Foundation. BAF works to identify the root cause of community and social issues and develop partnerships that can create lasting solutions to them. They operate as a catalyst for change, developing collaborations and solutions that can thrive beyond their involvement so that they can continue to look for more good to be done.
Simon has extensive experience in community development, social research, governance and management. He has an MPhil which focused on governance in the community sector and Post-Graduate Diplomas in Development Studies and Public Health.
Outside of work Simon is married to Theresa and has two children Oliver (13) and Amber (11). One of his greatest joys is being a coach of junior football.
Will affiliates to the Taranaki, Ngāruahine, Tāngahoe, Pakakohi and Ngāti Ruanui people of Taranaki. He has spent most of his adult life in the university sector as a student, academic and researcher. In October 2014 Will was elected onto Te Korowai o Ngāruahine Trust, the post-settlement governance entity for Ngāruahine iwi. He is currently director of Taumata Associates.
Brylee is an experienced brand, marketing and communications professional with a proven track record of driving business growth within start-up and fledgling businesses.
She is passionate about building lasting partnerships that bring real value to the community and its members, something that she is fortunate enough to do on a daily basis through her role as Communications and Community Relations Advisor at Todd Energy.
Having been paired with her first employer through an internship programme run by the University of Canterbury, Brylee understands first-hand the importance of developing strong partnerships between employers and educators and the benefits of building career pathway or on-ramp programmes that lay a foundation of career success and opportunity for our young people.
Originally a Cantabrian, Brylee now calls Taranaki home, and outside of work is busy raising a young family.
Blake works as a real estate salesperson for Professionals Real Estate and volunteers at the Westown Hospice shop. Using his spare time aged 13 to 16, Blake designed websites to sell online services to businesses worldwide, purchase and re-sell trending products from China through TradeMe and promote discounted hotels and travel packages through his website ihotelsworld.com.
Having transitioned immediately into real estate from his high schooling education at Francis Douglas Memorial College, Blake has a relevant understanding of the students Taranaki Futures are trying to impact.
Blake is passionate about showcasing other employment opportunities available to students in our region.
Cheree is the owner and of Feats, which has campuses in New Plymouth, Stratford and Hawera. Cheree is also the chairperson for the Taranaki Tertiary Providers.
Andrew is the Managing Director of Pepper Construction, a third generation family owned business based in New Plymouth. Andrew is married to Paula and they have a daughter, Phoebe. Andrew currently serves as a trustee on the Devon Intermediate Board of Trustees, is the Chairperson of the Together Grow Better Communities Trust, Chairperson of the Taranaki Construction Safety Group and also past president of the Taranaki Master Builders currently serving on the executive committee.
Pepper Construction currently employs 34 staff, including seven apprentices, and has three trainees gaining work experience through Gateway and WITT programmes. Pepper’s also provides support to New Horizons, Build a Bach (through Taranaki Futures) industry pathways and sponsors numerous community activities.
Andrew has a passion for people, enjoys socialising, travel and is an avid sports fan who tries to play golf.
Lisa is the Regional Manager Taranaki for TSB. She has spent her professional career in leadership, including 10 years in executive positions contributing to the growth and success of a number of NZ sales organisations and financial institutions. Lisa has a lifelong passion for coaching conversations that help others find their most rewarding professional lives. She believes positive change comes from strong collaboration.
Transition from education to a career has long been a passion of Richard’s including his own experience, that started with serving an apprenticeship in Industrial Instrumentation and studying NZCE at Taranaki Polytechnic, now WITT.
Richard was involved in the formation of Taranaki Futures and served on the initial marketing and communications committee. He has owned and operated his own businesses since 1995, involved in engineering, internet, domain registration and now manufacturing/ exporting.
Richard is the chairperson of The Most FM radio station (10 years), BOT trustee of Oakura school (12 years) a founder/ organiser of Taranaki Technology cluster and involved with numerous other community groups. Married to Rebecca, they have three children Max 17, Ed 13 and Pearl 9. Richard affiliates with Te Atiawa and Ngati Rarua iwi and is learning more about this part of his background. He believes all kids have a “knack” and with the right direction and help a successful future path can be found for all our young. Observing this happen gives him great pleasure.