The FSC Board Folder can be found here. Profiles of the current FSC Board Members can be found below:
Geoff Stoddart - Chairman
Mr Stoddart is a Chartered Accountant. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Otago and in1990 was admitted to membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand. He is also a member of the Executor & Trustee Institute of Australia & New Zealand.
He has resided in the Cook Islands for twenty four years and is a permanent resident. He worked in the Cook Islands offshore finance industry as a client relationship executive from 1993 to 1996 and subsequently became Collector of Inland Revenue for the Cook Islands for a period of twelve years through to 2008. He joined the Board in July 2010.
Dianne Gaye Whitta
Ms Whitta was born in New Zealand and educated in the Cook Islands and New Zealand. After obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (BCA) from Victoria University, Wellington, NZ she returned to the Cook Islands and commenced employment with the international Accounting firm KPMG. She then became Financial Controller of the Cook Islands Airport Authority (1993) and moved from there to Cook Islands Trading Corporation Limited (CITC) in 1997.
CITC is the largest privately owned Company in the Cook Islands with extensive trading in supermarkets, building supplies, liquor, pharmacy and duty free shops etc.
Ms Whitta commenced as Financial Controller of CITC in 1997 and became General Manager in 2004, the position she currently holds.
Ms Whitta was a Board member of the Public Expenditure Review Committee (PERC) in 2003.
Born and raised in the Cook Islands, Madeilene Sword graduated in 1994 from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and in 2009 obtained a Masters of Business Administration with the University of the South Pacific, Rarotonga campus.
After working in various sales and marketing roles in New Zealand Ms Sword returned to Rarotonga in 1996 to work for Telecom Cook Islands as the Group General Manager Marketing & Services, a position she held for 8 years. After a short-term contract as the General Manager of Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Madeilene purchased a water bottling company in 2004, and established Pacific Spring Limited, a bottling and distribution company.
Madeilene is currently a Director on the Board of Bluesky Cook Islands.
Tangata Fletcher Melvin
Mr Melvin was born in the Cook Islands and left to attend secondary school in New Zealand. He graduated with a Hospitality and Tourism Diploma from ATI (AUT).
After returning home to the Cook Islands in 1994 from living in French Polynesia, he worked in the family business Island Craft Limited and is now the Managing Director.
Mr Melvin is the current President of the Chamber of Commerce and the President of the Price Tribunal.
Ms Newport is an international development practioner from Ngati Tamakeu and Ngati Te Tika in Rarotonga and has family ties to Mangaia and Aitutaki. In 2010, she established Akairo Consulting, a small consultancy company that provides a range of policy advice and services in programme and project design management, procurement, impact assessment and evaluation to government, donor and community based organisations.
Ms Newport has a keen interest in supporting the sustainable development aspirations of small island states. In 2018 she completed a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
Ms Newport previously served as a member of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management Budget Support Group and is currently a board member of the Cook Islands Red Cross.