Doug Leeder is Chairman of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, and a Director on the Board of Port of Tauranga Limited.
Having gained a seat on the Regional Council in 2013, as well as the Chair role, Doug is now in his second term. This has led to a role, from 2016, as the Chair of the Regional Sector Group (all Regional Council Chairs and Unitary Council Mayors) and membership on the National Council of Local Government New Zealand.
Doug is a farmer in Waiotahe near Opotiki. Prior to his Regional Council roles, Doug was a four term Councillor at Opotiki District Council, and Chief Judge of the Ahuwhenua Trophy Maori Farming Competition.
During the past 30 years, Doug has held a range of governance and Chair positions, including Bay Milk Products, Bay of Plenty Health Board, East Bay Energy Trust, NZ Dairy Group and Dairy Insight.