SBN announces new board members

15 July 2014

On Tuesday 8 July at SBN’s AGM, members elected five new Board members. Read on to find out more about our incoming and outgoing board members.

We are delighted to welcome new board members:

  • Andre Prassinos, Managing Director, BioBrew
  • Jace Hobbs, Director, Electric Bike Hub
  • Leanne Frisbie, Director, Passion PR
  • Dr Sea Rotmann, CEO, Sustainable Energy Advice
  • Steve Ellingford, Centre Manager, AMP Capital Bayfair.  

They join the existing Board members:

  • Jacqueline Ireland, Chief Executive, Colmar Brunton
  • Louise Miller, General Manager, Community & Environmental Services, Tauranga City Council
  • Matt Anderson, Director, The Sleep Store
  • Mike Basset-Smith, Managing Director, Powersmart Solar.

Their combined skills will be critical in continuing the work of the SBN towards transforming business and in continuing to grow the impact of the network. 

SBN staff and board would like to thank the outgoing board members:

  • Sophie Heighway, NZ Post and Attic Backpackers
  • Alison Howard, Deloitte
  • Gavin Healey, Element Magazine
  • Dan Ormond, Ideas Shop.

We particularly want to thank Jamie Sinclair, KPMG, who is resigning as chair of SBN, for guiding the network over a very significant shift in strategy. His expertise in strategy, sustainability and accounting has been put to good use. Jamie will remain a key support person for the board as we transition to a new chairperson.  

Read more about our new board members:

Andre Prassinos: Co-Founder and Managing Director of BioBrew Ltd, a 100% NZ owned company dedicated to the development, production and distribution of safe, non-toxic and very high-quality probiotics for agricultural and human health applications.  Andre’s vision is for SBN to reach into the agricultural sector to encourage greater sustainability on farm and foster a deeper relationship between urban populations and those that produce our food supply, by bringing deeply sustainable planning and integration to a broader cross-section of NZ businesses.

Dr Sea Rotmann: has long-standing involvement consulting within Govt3 and as a Sustainability Advisor in Government; Green Star Building; sustainable transport processes and green fleets; waste management and energy efficiency; and at EECA. She now has a sustainable small business called SEA – Sustainable Energy Advice, a behaviour change research consultancy with a focus on a transition to a sustainable energy system.  Sea’s vision for the future of SBN is continued growth and the inclusion of many more of the 99% of small businesses in New Zealand in the network; and that entrepreneurs and small to medium sized businesses need to show how things can be done smarter and more sustainably.

Leanne Frisbie: Leanne’s sustainability journey began over a decade ago as a journalist; then working with Auckland Regional Council as a communications/education advisor in the Environmental Management team and ARC Stormwater Action Team.  She set up her own agency, Passion PR, a values-driven PR business, in 2009. Leanne’s goal for SBN is for it to be firmly entrenched as the leader of business, providing direction and guidance for businesses as they move along on their sustainability journey.

Jace Hobbs: having started a succession of successful small businesses spanning over 40 years, Jace knows the practical side of small to medium operators.Jace speaks widely on the issue of efficiency in transportation, and is deeply involved in the coming shift to zero emission transport with his business, Electric Bike Hub. Jace believes that the change we are seeking will be from the bottom up, with growth spawning from the ideas of tomorrow’s business leaders. 

Steve Ellingford: Steve Ellingford is the Centre Manager for Bayfair Shopping Centre and has responsibility for its sustainability focus. Steve has more than 10 years’ experience in the shopping centre industry. Steve is passionate about green technology, market leadership and bringing stakeholders together to achieve shared goals and outcomes.

We look forward to working with you all, and are grateful for the skills and experience you will bring to our organisation.