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Management Team

The management team of Bay Venues Ltd is made up of experienced individuals:

Gary Dawson - Chief Executive Officer

Gary Dawson - Chief Executive Officer

Gary is an experienced CEO with a track record of leading high profile sports and information technology organisations achieve success.

Prior to joining Bay Venues Gary was CEO of the Championship winning Chiefs team. He has over 21 years senior management experience in sales, human resources, customer service, event management, community and high performance sport. Gary is a Director of Sports Business Solutions.
  • Steve Edgecombe, Asset & Project Manager

Adam Ellmers CFO of Bay Venues

Adam Ellmers - Chief Financial Officer

Adam has a number of years of experience in senior finance roles within the commercial sector. Most of his experience has been based overseas in the UK and Australia, spending time in healthcare, entertainment and consumer products.

As Chief Financial Officer, Adam is tasked with leading the finance and accounting function of the business, and supporting the wider business to make sound financial decisions.
Finance Team
  • Lucy Instone – Finance Manager

Justine Brennan - Bay Venues High Performance & Strategic Manager

Justine Brennan - Chief Operating Officer

Justine Brennan is the Chief Operating Officer for Bay Venues (BVL) responsible for leading the strategic direction of BVL, overseeing the marketing, communication and IT teams and overseeing the University of Waikato Adams High Performance Sports Centre.  She is also the key CCO liaison between BVL and its shareholder, Tauranga City Council 
Justine has held significant strategic planning roles in both the private and public sector. Including a successful tenure as Programme Director for SmartGrowth, which culminated in the review of the sub-regional spatial plan for the western Bay of Plenty sub-region. 
Justine is also on the Board of the BOP Youth Development Trust.  Her involvement with the Trust was spurred from a long-time love of adventure, sport and fitness.  Her previous life as an outdoor instructor and athlete opened her eyes to the real difference interventions like the Tauranga Boxing Academy can make in getting young people back on the right track by contributing to their well-being and self-confidence.

Marketing and IT Team

  • Melina Rutherford, Acting IT Manager
  • Samantha Wilkie, Strategic Marketing & Communications Manager

Ervin McSweeny - Commercial Manager

Ervin McSweeney - Commercial Manager

Ervin has many years experience in general management and leadership of a range of organisations ranging across the not for profit sector, public organisations, and also in the purely commercial environment.

After graduating at law Ervin has pursued a career in the sports and recreation industry with roles in the administration of sporting organisations, venue management and the events sector. This has led to involvement in a wide range of activity from community based events through to international level sporting fixtures.

Ervin manages the areas of Bay Venues business that have a predominantly commercial aspect inclusive of four individual business units and event development and delivery.

Commercial Team
  • Gillian Houser – Business Development Manager
  • Phil Briars – Event Operations Manager
  • Stu Stevenson – Clubfit Manager
  • Cian O’Cinnseala – Production Manager
  • Conrad Strachan – Catering Manager
  • Bernie Gillon – Speedway Promoter
  • Richard Wilson – Venue Operations Manager Baypark

Tina Harris-Ririnui  - Community Programmes Manager

Tina Harris-Ririnui - Venues & Programmes Manager

Tina is an experienced senior manager with extensive industry expertise in Recreational Facility Management. Tina has over 20 years’ experience including the last 15 years in senior management positions, is an accredited Recreation Professional and has an MBA from Waikato University.

She has worked in the public, not-for-profit and private sector and has a strong customer-centric approach. Tina’s portfolio includes overseeing the management of 22 venues and the community activities which occur in them.

Venues & Programmes Team
  • Kelly Kuka– Community Venues Manager
  • Matthew Strange – Venue Manager: Mount Hot Pools
  • Claire Edmonds - BaySwim Manager
  • Mike Page – Venue Manager: Baywave & Memorial Pool
  • Shane Gillum – Programmes Manager
  • Sarah-Jane Odgers – Bookings & Reception Manager
  • Jasmine Westerby - Executive Assistant

Robyn Mills 2019

Robyn Mills - People & Performance Manager

Robyn Mills is the People & Performance Manager for Bay Venues Limited. She is qualified in both Human Resources and Health and Safety and has extensive experience in both the hospitality and manufacturing industries, including ten years with a multi-national organisation.

HR & Health & Safety Team
  • Melinda Davidson - Health & Safety Advisor
  • Pauline Rowe – People & Performance Advisor
  • Alicia Gordon – Recruitment Coordinator

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