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Executive Leadership Team


Chief Executive, Darrin Sykes

Darrin started as the Chief Executive of the Crown Forestry Rental Trust in March 2010.

Between 1987 to 2002 Darrin held service delivery, policy development, corporate and IT support senior management roles in the Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Social Policy and Department of Social Welfare based in Wellington. 

Between 2002 and 2004 he returned to the Eastern Bay of Plenty where he was Chief Executive Officer for the Anamata Private Training Establishment based in Whakatane & Taneatua.  Anamata provided NZQA approved Degree, Diploma and National Certificate tertiary education programmes. 

Darrin was Director of the Waitangi Tribunal from 2004 to 2010.

Outside his career Darrin has been a long term participant in the sport of touch rugby and is on the Touch NZ Board of Directors (since 1991 retiring finally from the Board in September 2014 after 23 years) along with being a national and international touch referee in the 1990s. He now serves on the international body of touch rugby assessing and coaching referees at the international level.  Darrin was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to touch rugby administration.

Darrin is a Government appointed Board Member of the Capital and Coast District Health Board (appointed in 2010, reappointed in 2013) and a current Trustee of Sport Wellington appointed in 2011. 

In May 2013, Darrin was also appointed to the Sport New Zealand (Sport NZ) Board.  Sport NZ is the name for the government organisation responsible for sport and recreation, and distributes approximately $70M in sport and recreation funding annually.


Director Funded Services, Rama Rewi

Rama started at the Trust in December 2013 as Director Funded Services.  Before this she held policy, legal and management roles both in the public and private sectors. Rama began her career in the Treaty sector, working for the Office of Treaty Settlements, then moved to Parliament where she worked with two Cabinet Ministers.  She then worked for a major law firm in Wellington, specialising in public law, contract law, Treaty/Maori matters and telecommunications.  After that,  Rama continued practising law in-house within a number of sectors, including telecommunications, electricity and transport.  In 2013, Rama moved into management after seeking a change from law, and now manages a team of specialists at the Trust, including research, mapping, and funding and contracts specialists. Rama’s iwi affiliations are Ngati Manawa, Ngati Whare, Tuhoe, Rangiwewehi and Ngati Whakaue.



Director Corporate Services & Assurance, Andrew French

Andrew started at the Trust in February 2009 as Chief Operating Officer. Before that he had spent five years in Korea as New Zealand’s Trade Commissioner where he headed up a team that helped facilitate Trade and Investment between NZ and Korea. Andrew has a wide breadth of experience in Economic and Business development having worked for a wide range of organisations including NZTE, the Māori Economic Development Commission, Treasury, TPK and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Andrew has a BSocSci (Honours) in Economics and Geography and a Masters Degree in Business Studies. Andrew’s iwi affiliations are Muaupoko, Nga Puhi, Ngati Apa, Ngati Hauiti and Whakatohea.





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Andrew French