We are a collaborative forum and programme dedicated to working closely together to identify then source investment for innovative, value-driven, future-focused projects and initiatives that will enhance the appeal and quality of life in Ngāmotu-New Plymouth and across the Taranaki region.

NP Partners is led by specialist internal-external team, with the full support of NPDC. Extra input is provided by an invited Advisory Group drawn from Partners and Community Leaders.


His Worship the Mayor of Ngāmotu-New Plymouth Neil Holdom.

Council lead:

Chief Executive, Gareth Green

NP Partners team

John Leuthart

NP Partners Lead

Kathryn Scown

Executive Lead, NPDC

Janine Evans

Partner Communications and Events

Damien Clark

Community Partnerships & Economic Development Lead, NPDC

Josh Hickford

CEO, Taranaki Foundation

Professional Services

Done By Nine

Communications & Design

Wolf Strategy

Communications Strategy

Advisory Group

Andrew Butterworth

Investment Adviser, Craigs Investment Partners

Annalese Sharrock

GM, Strategy Collective

Daniel Fleming (Lead 2024)

Chair, Taranaki Chamber of Commerce

Dion Tuuta

CEO, Te Atiawa and Chair, Parininihi ki Waitotara

Josh Hickford

CEO, Taranaki Foundation

Murali Bhasker

Director Boon Architects

Simon Craddock

CEO, Port Taranaki

Stacey Hitchcock 

General Manager Investment/Deputy Chief Executive, Venture Taranaki

Andrew Butterworth

Investment Advisor, Craigs Investment Partners

“The opportunity to improve our city’s capacity to grow and diversify is now. By combining public and private sector talent and effort, we can explore and prioritise ideas that will attract plenty of good people, skills and investment to our city, district and region. NP Partners is a timely forum and programme for companies and organisations wanting to contribute and work collaboratively’’.

– Sophie Braggins, CEO, Govett Quilliam Lawvers