Meet the Team

Board Members

Ray Sharp

Director / Owner
Following on from my Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Auckland University, I embarked on a successful accounting career in Opotiki.

Lis Sharp

Director / Owner
After working for two decades in my husband's Accounting firm, I transitioned to a role as a Director overseeing 14 companies full-time.
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Elly Sharp

Board Member
I hold a First Class Honors Master of Arts, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, and I'm a member of the NZ Institute of Directors.
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Ross Townsend

Board Member
I am an Independent Director of Tirofruit, Sunny Downs Farm Ltd and Riverside Ltd and also sit on a range of other boards.
Tony Hawken

Tony Hawken

Board Member
From 2020, I have served as an Independent Director at Tirofruit Board, post my 30-year tenure as EastPack Ltd's CEO.
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Paul Walker-Sharp

Board Member
I graduated from Waikato University with a Bachelor of Management in 2013 and have been immersed in the kiwifruit industry since my childhood.

Maria Sharp

Board Member
I studied Tourism and Hospitality Management through the Waikato University Business School which I graduated from in 2015.

Team Members

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Francis Pauwels

Chief Executive Officer
Recently appointed CEO, Francis excels in business development, providing stellar support and leadership to the board and his team.

Carrie-ann Callaghan

Executive Assistant / People & Culture Lead
Carrie-ann, joining Tirofruit in 2021, contributes a decade of Executive Assistance expertise along with strong people skills and communication know-how.
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Paul Walker-Sharp

Commercial Manager
Paul, our Commercial Manager, is the go-to for projects, development, and commerce. With a keen understanding of business needs, he drives business growth.

Maria Sharp

HR Manager
I studied Tourism and Hospitality Management through the Waikato University Business School which I graduated from in 2015.
Lisa Carmichael

Lisa Carmichael

Finance Manager
Lisa, who joined Tirofruit in 2022, is a seasoned financial manager, bringing a wealth of financial expertise and adept people management skills.

Zoe Bennett

Accounts & Payroll Administrator
Zoe joined Tirofruit in 2020. She brings a diverse range of knowledge in administration, finance and has a vast knowledge of all things kiwifruit.

Ruan Nunes

Operations Manager
Ruan oversees Opotiki Orchards and Tirofruit's operations, driving business growth with extensive expertise in kiwifruit development.
David Stephenson

David Stephenson

Orchard Manager
David oversees Te Kaha and Omaio orchards, leveraging extensive kiwifruit expertise from development to harvest and beyond.

David Cerny

Junior Orchard Manager
David is a very passionate and enthusiastic team member. He has a great work ethic and if it was possible, he would like to work 8 days a week.

Darina Jurakova

Special Projects & New Cultivars Lead
Don't be fooled by Darina's initial quiet demeanor. Her assertiveness and confidence reflect her clear goals and outspoken nature.

Tirofruit is fortunate to boast an exceptional team of dedicated and diligent professionals whose passion and expertise have been instrumental in the success of Tirofruit's endeavors, fostering a culture of excellence and achievement within the organization.

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