Staff and Committees

Glenda Stokes - Executive Officer

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Combining her professional skills with a passion for community development has led to the perfect role for Glenda Stokes.

Glenda has a background in sales leadership, including seven years as advertising manager at The Gisborne Herald.

She is also passionate about giving back to her community and is involved with Hospice Tairawhiti, both on the board and in a voluntary capacity.

The mother-of-three, and new grandmother, is a person who needs to believe in what she is doing.

Glenda’s professional and voluntary work to date has helped her to build strong local networks, as well as a comprehensive understanding of how the community works and some of the challenges it faces. She is excited by community project work and can always be relied on for her energy and enthusiasm.

Glenda moved to Gisborne in 2005 with her husband, Derek Craven, and said it was like coming home. She spent the first year or so of her life living at Hick’s Bay and enjoys the sense of belonging and ownership that a close-knit community offers.

She is confident that Sunrise will make a significant difference to the people of Tairāwhiti-Gisborne and particularly likes the concept of “giving that lasts forever”.

Click here to email Glenda or call her on 027 529 5474.

Sunrise Grants Committee

The Sunrise Grants Committee comprises of Sunrise trustees David Clark (Chair), Lilian Tangaere Baldwin, Richard Briant CAand volunteer secondees Rob Dymock, Leslynne Jackson and Stephen Thomson.

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Sunrise Grants Committee l-r Rob Dymock, David Clark, Lilian Tangaere Baldwin, Richard Briant, Leslynne Jackson and Stephen Thomson (inset)

Sunrise Investments Committee

The Sunrise Investments Committee comprises Sunrise trustees David Clark, Colin Christie FCA and volunteer secondee Richard Montgomery FCA.

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Kerry Taggart - Marketing Manager

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Kerry has been a marketing professional for over 20 years, with experience in IT, finance and tourism. She was the marketing manager at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh in the early 2000s, before moving to Tairāwhiti-Gisborne and joining Portside Hotel as sales and marketing manager.

It was her 5 years as marketing manager at Tourism Eastland that really endeared her to Tairāwhiti-Gisborne. The job meant she was lucky enough to do many trips around the district, exploring our beautiful region and meeting many welcoming and interesting people.

Kerry has enjoyed the transition to working in the charitable sector and is blown away by the generosity of our community, the giving of both time and money.

She is inspired by the kaupapa of Sunrise and the real difference people can make when they give to their community through Sunrise. 



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