Our governance team

nzcubaywide board of directors 2016

Talk to Gavin, our CEO

Our team are proud to work for an organisation owned by its members. As an owner you have input into the things that are important to you and the services we provide. That’s why we encourage you to contact Gavin, our CEO, with any thoughts and questions.

“My team are committed to serving you, our customer-owners and helping you with all your financial needs. If you have a question for me regarding the operation of the credit union, I would love to hear from you, just click on the link to send me a private email.”

Gavin Earle Chief Executive

CEO Profile

BBS (Mgmt), Dip. Bus (Mgmt), NZCIM, F Fin


Gavin has been with NZCU Baywide since 1988 and its Chief Executive since 2006.

Gavin leads the management team and is accountable for delivering on NZCU Baywide’s philosophy, mission, strategy, goals and objectives.

Gavin enjoys meeting and talking with all our member-owners. He believes it is important to stay in touch because that’s what keeps NZCU Baywide vibrant and growing.

Board of Directors

The Board is elected by, and is accountable to, our member-owners. The Directors are responsible for the overall corporate governance of NZCU Baywide including its strategic direction, establishing goals for management and monitoring achievement of these goals. Their guidance is one of our secrets to success.

“NZCU Baywide’s Board and Management are dedicated to maintaining strong financial performance, and delivering value to our member-owners through quality products and services. We’re here for you, our member-owners. If you have a question or comment for your board, simply click on the link below to send an email. It’s just another way we give you direct contact with the people making decisions about your credit union.”

Iain Taylor Board Chairman

Board of Director Profiles

BA/LLB, CU Management Certificate


Director since 1994

Iain is also a Trustee and chairs the Governance and Nominating committees.

Iain is a qualified solicitor and partner in the law firm Gifford Devine, specialising in property, commercial and trust law.

Iain has a strong commitment to the Hawke’s Bay and Central region and is actively involved with a number of school, sports and community groups. Iain’s involvement includes serving for eight years on the Board of the Hawke’s Bay Hockey Association and is Chairman of the Central Districts Hockey Association Inc. Iain is also honorary solicitor to the Hawke’s Bay Cricket Association, Trustee of the Central Districts Cricket Association Charitable Trust and a member of the Karamu High School Board of Trustees.

Iain is also a member of the NZ Institute of Directors and serves on the Hawke's Bay sub branch of the IoD.


BBS (Acctg & Fin), CA, CPP

Chartered Accountant

Director since 2004

Alan is also a Trustee, serves on the Audit and Risk and Governance committees. Alan is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is a Director with local accounting firm, Moore Stephens Markhams Hawke's Bay Limited.
Alan strongly believes in the credit union philosophy and with credit unions owned by their members it means the benefits go back into the communities and that is something he is proud to be a part of.

ANZIIF (Snr Assoc), CIP, Dip TA (ATAA), ACLA,

Chartered Loss Adjuster

Director since 2010

Graham also serves on the Audit and Risk and Nominating committees.

Graham is a Chartered Loss Adjuster, chairing the Board of CNZ Group Ltd (trading as Crawford and Company New Zealand) and subsidiaries and is a Director of family-owned investment companies. Graham, with 40 years involvement in the movement, has a strong commitment to the credit union people helping people cooperative model and he supports absolutely the growth and development of credit unions in New Zealand for the benefit of everyone. Graham is also a Director of Co-op Insurance NZ.

Registered Nurse

Company Director

Director since 2008

Katrine is a property manager and Director of a corporate gifts and wedding planning business, GK Occasions Ltd. Katrine holds voluntary Board positions as Chairperson of Neighbourhood Support PN and is Secretary of the Stewart Centre Trust (Brain Injury Centre) and house Manager and Board member of Abbeyfield Palmerston North. Katrine worked as a registered nurse for 35 years, the last 20 in senior management roles. Katrine has a particular passion to keep the personal touch in the workings of the credit union and to get the young involved.

PhD (in banking studies), MBS (Distinction), BA(SocSci), DipBankStud, DipBusAdmin, National Certificate in Maori (Te Waharoa) (level 2), Certificate in Mauri Ora, FFin

Academic Manager

Director since 2010

Claire also serves on the Governance and Audit and Risk committees.

Since January 2014, Claire has been Director Academic Programmes for the College of Business at Massey University, having joined the university in late 1996 as a senior lecturer. As a lecturer, Claire’s primary teaching responsibilities were in the University’s post-graduate banking programmes. From 2009 to 2012, Claire also had overall responsibility for the Personal Financial Planning endorsement within the Graduate Diploma of Business Studies.

Claire is a Director of Co-op Money NZ and of Co-op Insurance NZ. She has a PhD in Banking on the subject of Switching Costs in the New Zealand Banking Market, and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

BBS (Acctg & Fin, Pers Mgmt), CA

Chartered Accountant

Director since 2009

Grant is also NZCU Baywide’s Treasurer and chairs the Audit and Risk committee.

Grant is a qualified Chartered Accountant. Grant previously held positions of Chief Management Accountant and Chief Accountant at Massey University. He is currently involved in a number of contracting roles. Along with his financial skills, Grant is particularly interested in the strategic direction of the credit union and is committed to ensuring a strong and vibrant credit union which provides an exceptional level of products and service to all members across the lower North Island.

M Communications (Hons)

Publications and eCommunications Advisor

Director since 2015

Chris is also a Trustee and serves on the Nominating committee.

Chris is Publications and eCommunications Advisor at Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, having joined the DHB in 2001 and holding a number of marketing and communications roles since that time. Chris works with both traditional print and digital media and is a champion for clear, consistent and easily understood communications. Chris is a strong supporter of credit unions and their emphasis on working with people to achieve their financial, professional and personal goals. Prior to Credit Union Bay Health merging, Chris had 12 years on the Board in a number of roles including Director, Trustee, Treasurer and Deputy Chair.