The Heart of the City Executive Committee consists of up to 11 voting members who either work or own a business located within our boundaries, along with a representative from the Waitemata Local Board. The role of the Executive Committee is to govern the strategic direction of Heart of the City as outlined in our Constitution. The Executive Committee is elected at our Annual General Meeting (AGM).
2016/2017 Heart of the City Executive Committee, as elected at our 2016 AGM on 25 October 2016.
Martin Snedden, CNZM
Martin is one of New Zealand’s most respected sporting administrators, with significant experience in the successful leadership of a number of high profile sporting and business entities. Between 2001 and 2007, Martin was the CEO of New Zealand Cricket and led the successful joint New Zealand Cricket/Cricket Australia bid for the rights to host Cricket World Cup 2015. He then took up the position of CEO of Rugby New Zealand 2011 Ltd between 2007 and 2011, the company responsible for staging the extremely successful Rugby World Cup 2011. He is currently a director of the International Cricket Council, New Zealand Cricket and the Auckland World Master Games 2017. Martin’s most recent CEO role was with the Tourism Industry Association. In 2012, Martin was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in recognition of his services to sporting administration.
Waitemata Local Board Deputy Chairperson
Shale is Waitemata Local Board’s representative on the Committee, since joining in 2010. Shale is current deputy chair of the elected local board and between 2010-2016 was its inaugural chair, intimately involving himself in most council related city centre matters. He is a property and trust lawyer by profession and founding director of a 20 year Ponsonby private practice, Chambers Craig Jarvis, with many years as partner in mid-size city centre law firms before that. Shale also has senior governance experience as a former director of Vector, MetService and NZ Post, and was formerly an elected trustee of the Auckland Energy Consumer Trust.
As owner/creative director of the Workshop Denim Helen Cherry brands, Chris has developed the Workshop retail aesthetic in five inner-city locations nationwide. Workshop was one of the initial fashion retailers in the High St district almost 30 years ago and pioneered the off-Broadway retail precinct in Teed Street, Newmarket. Chris has a very clear understanding of the importance of fashion retail in developing strong, vibrant inner-city retail environments and has worked with local business associations and council to ensure that the High St district retains its distinctive character and vitality.
Jason is a qualified CA and serves as the Head of Finance and I.T. for Smith and Caughey's, Auckland's premier department store. Jason has over 10 years experience in the wholesale and retail sectors, four of which have been with Smith and Caughey's. He has been a sitting Heart of the City executive committee member for the last four years. Jason sees the CBD as Auckland's premium retail and entertainment destination and feels privileged to be involved in helping to ensure it remains this way.
Regan is a founder and co-director of Creative People, an award winning design & digital agency based in Auckland CBD. Having served on the board of the Newmarket Business Association during 2013/2014, Regan brings this experience to HOTC.
Sarah Hull is Cooper and Company’s Marketing Director. Cooper and Company own, manage and develop the Britomart Precinct development. Sarah has worked for the development since its onset and has been involved in many aspects of the project that are over and above marketing, events and public relations. Prior to this role, Sarah worked for VHL and Kitchener Group coordinating events in the Viaduct and on Princes Wharf.
Born and bred in Auckland, Shane would like to see Auckland become a truly competitive international city. In his role as General Manager at NZ Bus (Infratil), he is focused on improving the delivery of public transport across Auckland. NZ Bus has over 1,000 buses, 2,000 employees and provides 55-65 million passenger trips each year. Shane has a background in technology, having worked at Navman and with NZ Bus' smartcard technology.
Greg has operated as a specialist retirement planner in the City Centre for the last 30 years. In 2007 he was elected as an Auckland City Councillor and chaired the Arts, Culture and Recreation Committee which championed the development of Aotea Square, St Patricks Square, Q Theatre, Viaduct Events Centre and the shared spaces in Elliott Street, Darby Street and Fort Street. From 2010 Greg was a member of the Waitemata Local Board. He wishes to see the City Centre realise its full potential as a place to work, live, shop and play.
With a background in Local Government, heritage and conservation, as well as sporting and cultural promotion, Paddy brings to the Heart of the City a passion for collective achievement. She would like downtown Auckland to build on its brand as a mecca for business, entertainment and a "must go" place to work and play that is both exciting and magnetic.
Andrew has been involved with Heart of the City since 2013, representing the views of commercial property owners and investors. With a deep passion for Auckland City, Andrew has over 22 years experience in commercial property markets and is presently National Director at CBRE, the world’s largest real estate company. Andrew was previously General Manager – Property for Precinct Properties and was part of the team that assembled the development site and conceived Commercial Bay that is the CBD’s largest new development.