What We Do

Venture Taranaki is Taranaki’s regional development agency. We deliver regional development and promotion services, from sector and enterprise support to attracting visitors, talent and investment.

A Council Controlled Organisation, owned by New Plymouth District Council (NPDC), Venture Taranaki is incorporated as a charitable trust, and operates a leveraged funding model with NPDC funding at its core. Venture Taranaki also partners with South Taranaki District Council and Stratford District Council to deliver regional development services around the Maunga.

Venture Taranaki Statement of Intent

Read the Venture Taranaki Statement of Intent for the year to 30 June 2021 and the following two financial years. 

Venture Taranaki Statement of Intent

Board of Trustees

Jamie Tuuta
Board Chair

Taranaki Maunga chair and holds numerous governance roles.

Kevin Murphy
Deputy Chair

Former CEO of TSB with many community and governance roles.

Dr Joanna Breare
Board Member

Former CEO of Todd Energy, Chair of the Taranaki 2050 Leadership Group

Gillian Cagney
Board Member

Chief Executive of Worley New Zealand and Vice President, E&C Services.

David Downs
Board Member

Author, presenter and passionate innovation advocate.

Hinerangi Raumati-Tu'ua
Board Member

Chair of Parininihi ki Waitotara and has held many senior management roles.

Hemi Sundgren
Board Member

Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust CEO and transition and development lead.

Chief Executive

Justine Gilliland
Chief Executive

Justine is the Chief Executive of Venture Taranaki, and a Director of Manaaki Whenua/Landcare Research, AGMARDT, and Economic Development NZ. Prior to joining Venture Taranaki, Justine was the Deputy Director-General Sector Partnerships and Programmes at the Ministry for Primary Industries, where she led investment programmes, Māori partnerships, regional development, and the establishment of Te Uru Rākau and the one billion trees programme. Justine has held numerous other public sector leadership roles across strategy, communications, policy, operations, and innovation investment functions and ran the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the building failures in the Canterbury earthquakes. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, a member of Global Women, and has been admitted as barrister and solicitor of the High Court. Justine grew up in Taranaki, attending Sacred Heart Girls’ College before completing arts and law degrees in Otago. She relocated back to Taranaki in 2018.

Executive Team

Michelle Jordan
General Manager, Enterprise
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Vicki Fairley
General Manager, Destination
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Lucy Graydon
General Manager, Corporate
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Dr Anne Probert
General Manager, Regional Strategy and Sectors
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Nadia Phillips
Māori Partnerships Lead
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