The 2017 Rainbow Auckland Executive comprises of nine elected volunteer officers:
- Craig Bonnington, President
- Gurv Singh, Secretary
- Richy James, Treasurer
- Mark Carrick, Membership
- Zakk d’Larté, Marketing and Communications, Social Media
- Koro Dickinson, Events & Community Relations
- Craig Watson, Events & Community Relations
- Tim Swann, Projects
- Dean Campbell, Projects
Words from our President
“I’m excited to lead a strong and diverse elected group of volunteers who are passionate about strengthening business and community relationships” – Craig Bonnington
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Get to Know Our Executive
Learn more about the leadership team that keeps Rainbow Auckland going.
Craig Bonnington, President
I feel privileged to hold the role of President of Rainbow Auckland and look to improve the experience for members and volunteers through my business and community experience.
During my time in the leadership role, I will be working with the team to:
- Continue and expand on the work we do to add value to Rainbow affirming non profit, business and corporate members.
- Create a welcoming and inclusive environment to staff of these organisations, and to individuals across the diverse range of affinity groups and segments of our wider community.
- Connect formally and informally with other Rainbow affirming organisations to help build a stronger community.
- Create opportunities for volunteers to get involved, make valuable and professional and personal connections, give back to and support our community, grow and to have FUN doing it.
Having been involved with Rainbow Auckland for nearly 10 years, predominantly in the membership team, I’ve seen the organisation progressively grow and evolve.
Business has long been the focus of Rainbow Auckland under its previous guise of the Gay Auckland Business Association (GABA). I currently run my own business as a mortgage adviser. But my background in business comes from a commerce degree, and a 15 year career with ANZ in relationship, management and business development roles with business banking.
During this time I worked closely with the diversity team at ANZ, heading up the ANZ Pride Network. Working to bring an inclusive and supportive environment to staff, working with staff and management but also collaborating with industry peers and community organisation to develop and enhance the initiative.
Through this work I got to know OUTLine, who have been a much needed and long standing provider of phone, and now also face-to-face counselling services. After completing my training I volunteered on the phone lines. This is an experience I highly recommend as it gives an amazing insight and empathy into the challenges that face our LGBTI+ community.
There are parts of our community that are vulnerable. That is ultimately where the funds raised through Rainbow Auckland and the intangible benefits of creating an inclusive environment and society can help.
But there is also an abundance of strength, difference, affinity, resilience, talent and love – and I welcome anyone who wants to be a part of it to experience this to join us at Rainbow Auckland.
Richard James, Treasurer
With a professional background in finance, Richy runs a small Business Consultancy practice, specialising in providing Finance and Management advice to predominately small to medium sized businesses. As well as this, he has had a number of other businesses, including running an Automotive Workshop in Onehunga, a Bar and Restaurant on K’ Road, and more recently, pop-up Homeware stores in Victoria Park and Ponsonby.
Richard has been involved with Rainbow Auckland for the past 15+ years. During that time he has been on the Executive, holding the position of Treasurer for a number of years, and one term as President. Richard has also been on the GABA Charitable Trust as a Trustee.
His other community involvement has included:
- Trustee of New Zealand AIDS Foundation
- Executive Member of HERO Inc.
- Involved in running PRIDE 2009
- Heroic Gardens Festival Committee
- Founding (and continuing) Member of Auckland Pride Festival Inc.
As well as providing a historical perspective to Rainbow Auckland, his current role on the Executive is to lead the Events team and manage Community Relationships.
Having been involved with Rainbow Auckland for a long time, he believes he has a wealth of knowledge about the events that we have run in the past. He has been associated with a large number of community organisations and believes he has the right skills and experience to manage the relationships with our community partners and stakeholders.
Gurv Singh, Secretary
Gurv is a town planner by profession, working in local government. He and his husband Tonys have been attending Rainbow Auckland events over the past five years.
Gurv is new to the Executive Board and this year is the Board’s Secretary. Gurv was previously involved with the Auckland Pride Festival Trust and was the Trust Secretary for two years. He started in the role when the Auckland Pride Festival Trust was first established and supported the Auckland Pride Festival and parade in its early years.
Over the past 10 years, Gurv has being involved and volunteered in a number of community initiatives and support groups across Auckland, including OUTLine NZ, formally known as Gayline.
Gurv is passionate and keen to work with all members of our community to strength and grow Rainbow Auckland with businesses and community groups across Auckland.