Our governance team

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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 Directors 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 three years on the Central Districts Hockey Association. Iain is also honorary solicitor to the Hawke’s Bay Cricket Association, Trustee of the Central Districts Cricket Association Charitable Trust and a former member of the Karamu High School Board of Trustees. In addition Iain is a member of the NZ Institute of Directors (IoD) 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 and serves on the Governance and Audit and Risk Committees.

Alan is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is a Director with the 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 part of.




Asset Manager

Director since 2010

Graham also serves on the Audit and Risk Committee.

Graham is the Executive Director of Smoogro Asset Management which manages financial assets and initiates markets related investments on behalf of family held entities. Graham is also a Director and Deputy Chair of angel investor, Launch Taranaki Ltd.

Graham, with 44 years involvement in the Credit Union Movement, has a strong commitment to the Credit Union people helping people cooperative model. 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 Money NZ and Co-op Insurance NZ.



Registered Nurse

Company Director

Director since 2008

Katrine also serves on the Directors Nominating Committee.

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, Secretary of the Stewart Centre Trust (Brain Injury Centre), House Manager and Board member of Abbeyfield Palmerston North and Board member on the Abbeyfield New Zealand Trust.

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, INFINZ (Cert)

University Management

Director since 2010

Claire also serves on the Governance and Directors Nominating Committees.

Claire is the Director, Academic Quality for the Massey Business School, a role she’s had since 2014. She joined Massey University in late 1996 as a senior lecturer, and in that role her primary teaching responsibilities were in the University’s post-graduate banking programmes. From 2009 to 2014, Claire also had overall responsibility for the Personal Financial Planning endorsement within the Graduate Diploma of Business Studies.

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



BBS (Acctg & Fin, Pers Mgmt), CA

Chartered Accountant

Director since 2009

Grant also chairs the Audit and Risk Committee.

Grant is a Chartered Accountant who has held senior management positions with Massey University and prior to that in the public health system. He currently undertakes some contracting work.

He is a Trustee of the NZ Credit Union Foundation and the Colin Smith Memorial Fund and a member of the Institute of Directors.

Grant has been a credit union member for nearly 40 years and is passionate about members helping each other through the co-operative model. He is particularly interested in the strategic direction of the Credit Union and its continued growth in strength and relevance within the NZ financial sector.



M Communications (Hons), Te Ara Reo Māori Level 3, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Communications Content and Publications Advisor

Director since 2015

Chris is also a Trustee and serves on the Audit and Risk Committee.

Chris works in a communications role at Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, developing and reviewing content for both print and digital media. She 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 and is a vocal advocate for good governance adding value to both not-for-profit and commercial businesses.

Chris currently sits on a number of boards spanning the financial, arts, education and health-related sectors; prior to this she was 12 years on the Board of Credit Union Bay Health holding a number of roles including Director, Trustee, Treasurer and Deputy Chair.




Risk Assurance Manager

Director since May 2016

Jared is a Chartered Accountant, Certified Information Systems Auditor, and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control and currently works for Central Technical Advisory Services, where he provides audit and assurance services to the health sector.

Prior to this Jared held positions with professional service firms Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Over the past decade he has worked extensively for, and on boards, and believes strongly in the values of successful member-owned organisations.