Richard Leggatt and Steve Gow Richard Leggatt and Steve Gow

New directors appointed to HWT

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism (HWT) has appointed two new directors.

Annabel Cotton, who chairs the regional tourism organisation, has announced the appointment of Steve Gow and Richard Leggatt to the board of Hamilton & Waikato Tourism Limited. 

Gow has a background in economic development and marketing. He is Deloitte’s lead for the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions, as well as being a member of the Deloitte National Economic Development team.

He has held senior marketing roles in organisations both in New Zealand and the UK and has significant experience in the successful implementation of strategies, plans and programmes.

Leggatt has significant tourism and governance experience, having recently retired as deputy chair at Tourism New Zealand and as a director of NZ Post. 

He is chairman of the NZ Cycle Trail, and a director of Panuku Development Auckland, Cycling NZ, Snowsports NZ and Winter Games NZ. 

He is experienced in strategic development, marketing, product development and events.

Cotton says she's delighted the board has attracted two highly talented and valuable directors.

'The incoming directors bring an excellent mix of skills, expertise and experience to the board as well as fresh perspectives to build on the foundations already there.'

Outgoing board member Don Scarlet retired as a director in December 2018.

'Don has served tirelessly as a director for the past six years and his strong connection with many local communities was invaluable to the board,' adds Cotton.

'The new directors are joining us at an exciting time as we have launched a refreshed Visitor Brand Strategy centred around ‘The Mighty Waikato’ and finalised a Regional Major Events Strategy that takes a regional approach on how the region can attract, secure, grow and deliver events to generate far greater economic, cultural and social benefits.'

Gow and Leggatt were officially appointed from 1 January 2019 and will attend their first board meeting in February. They will join incumbent directors Annabel Cotton, Karleen Turner-Puriri, Simon Douglas and Mark Morgan. 

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism is responsible for marketing the region as a visitor destination domestically and internationally, and growing the visitor economy through tourism development, business events and destination management.