New CEO welcomed as VEC stalwart departs

New CEO welcomed as VEC stalwart departs

David Comery is the new CEO for Second Nature Charitable Trust, taking over from the departing Richard Jeffery.

Jeffery has been with the trust for 18 years, and in that time saw the development of the Ramada Suites hotel and apartment complex beside Vodafone Events Centre and Vector Wero Whitewater Park.

'Back in 2000, Vodafone Events Centre [formerly TelstraClear Pacific] opened its doors on time and on budget, providing Manukau a creative heart and focal point,' says Jeffery.

Before making the move to VEC, Comery was with Waipuna Hotel from 1993 until 2000, at which point he opened the Spencer on Byron Hotel in Takapuna. He returned to Waipuna Hotel two years later, where he had been the general manager and later CEO.

Comery says he is keen to continue the collaboration of other not-for-profit organisations based at the trust’s Momentum Hub, helping them to work together to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.

'I’m looking forward to working with a high-powered board that gives so much of its time to the community,' he says.

Comery starts early April, and after the handover Jeffery will occasionally advise on special projects for the trust.