Brendon Bartley

Brendon is the Managing Director of Bartley Group of Companies.

Married with three children, Brendon has lived in Whanganui most of his life and is very passionate about the growth and prosperity of local Business’s.

Bartley Group of Companies is made up of 11 local companies which cover a broad range of services, from Real Estate to manufacturing bull bars, warehousing and logistics.

Brendon’s view of the Chamber is to link businesses and help create a positive, strong and effective business community for our region.

Craig McKinnon – Treasurer

Craig McKinnon is one of four partners in Balance Chartered Accountants.

Craig completed his bachelor of commerce at Victoria University of Wellington and worked for Finance New Zealand as a senior tax analyst before returning to Whanganui with his wife and two children.

He brings a high level of financial expertise to the Chamber Board as well as  a fresh look at how the Chamber works. Craig succeeds his father Rex on the Chamber Board.

Joamari van der Walt – vice Chair

Joamari is a Legal Advisor at Horsley Christie Lawyers and specialises in Immigration, Property and Commercial Law.

She is an admitted South African lawyer with further admittance in Singapore.  She obtained her double Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Law from the University of Stellenbosch and the University of South Africa. She practiced with various law firms in South Africa, owned her own law firm for 7 years, worked as commercial lawyer in Singapore and has been working as Legal Advisor in New Zealand for 3 years.

Joamari is a high energy individual who has deeply rooted herself in the Whanganui community.  She is passionate about the future economic growth of Whanganui and looks forward to the exciting opportunities and relationships to be formed through her involvement with the Chamber.

Glenda Brown – Chair

Glenda Brown is a director of eHaus – a national design & build Company specialising in Passive Housing and high performing energy efficient homes.

She is an accredited Mentor of Business Mentors Ltd, a member of the NZ Institute of Directors and also a trustee on a local community based trust that supports various ministries that serve Whanganui.   With 12 years governance experience in the school sector, Glenda is a positive and proactive contributor to the growth of the Whanganui Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Glenda is passionate about Whanganui and believes strong relationships between business entities are vital for the future of economic growth in our area. Glenda can be contacted:

Helen Garner – Chief Executive

As Chief Executive of the Whanganui Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Helen is passionate about supporting businesses to thrive.

Helen has built her professional career in a diverse range of environments and has first hand experience of the differing cultures of small business, large corporates, local government and not-for-profit organisations. She has held roles within Economic Development Agencies, Chamber, Māori business networks, and Business Mentors NZ. Helen believes strong relationships support business growth and help to promote a sustainable business community.

Contact Helen:

Whanganui Chamber of Commerce and Industry News

The Whanganui Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been hard at work over the past few years, building our value to businesses and increasing our membership. Thanks for your support! If you haven’t joined us yet but you want to become a member you can sign up here.

Our enthusiastic Board and Chief Executive are developing great opportunities for local businesses to connect with each other and to tell their own and each other’s stories. This includes networking sessions such a Business After 5 pm events (BA5s), our monthly Breakfast of Champions, Manufacturing Centre of Excellence Tours, Whanganui Women in Business sessions, and special lunchtime speakers.

We also provide a wide variety of business training sessions throughout the year and we advocate on behalf of business to local and central government. For example, our submission to the council’s 2018 plan saw commercial rates for the animal control activity decrease from around 30% to less than 10%. This is a small win but money businesses save on services that dont apply to them is money they can invest in their businesses and in Whanganui. We think that is important. If you have an issue that you would like us to help with, please get in touch.

Whanganui is currently in an exciting growth phase and so are we at the Chamber. Our networking events are warm and inclusive and have attendees from a wide cvariety of businesses, including professional services, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, education and the creative sector. Getting such a mix of different sectors in the room together not only provides local businesses with access to potential customers and suppliers but also encourages innovation through idea sharing and new perspectives. It can be hard to attend an event for the first time – even the most successful ceos can get sweaty palmed at the thought of it – but the research says you should do it and we can promise you a fun event.

So, please feel free to join us at an event soon and get in touch if you are feeling a little nervous about it – we take special care of newcomers and our wonderful members are there because they want to meet you too! Check us out on Facebook and Instagram (@whanganuichamber) for news about what’s coming up next.