There’s been a changing of the guard at the South Waikato Investment Fund Trust after the retirement of three long-serving board members.
Stephen Veitch, the newly appointed chief executive of Waikato Innovation Park, was appointed chairperson of the trust, known as SWIFT, at a recent annual general meeting. He takes over from Bruce Sherman who has been on the trust’s board since 2018 and was chairperson since 2019.
Kate Searancke, a lawyer who became a member of the board in November 2022, will take over as deputy chairperson, replacing Dean Gittings a board member since 2018.
John Cronin, a founding SWIFT board member since 2014 and former Bay of Plenty Regional Council chairperson, as well as Bruce Sherman and Dean Gittings, are retiring from the board.