Sue Stuart – Chief Executive
As Chief Executive of the Whanganui Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sue Stuart is committed to supporting our member businesses to achieve their goals.
Sue’s collaborative working style allows her to develop strong relationships with our members and partner organisations and Sue sees networking as a key aspect of running a successful business.
With a background in advocacy Sue has the skills to represent Whanganui’s businesses locally, nationally and internationally through the global Chamber network.
Sue can be contacted: firstname.lastname@example.org
Glenda Brown – President
Glenda Brown is a Director of eHaus – a national design & build passive house Company.
She is an accredited Mentor of Business Mentors Ltd and is 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: email@example.com
Dean Martin – Vice President
Dean is the chief executive at Air Wanganui Commuter Ltd (Air Wanganui), a company founded 31 years ago that largely flies under the radar despite the crucial service it provides and the high-profile passengers it carries.
Deans background is in logistics and operations and he brings an expertise to the Company that is enjoying exponential growth at the moment.
Dean is committed to Whanganui and sees huge potential exists for the future for business growth. He sees his role on the board as a way of assisting with this.
Owner and Managing Director of PAUA Early Childhood Home Based Care Service Limited and other companies in PAUA Group Limited, Raewyn has been in business in Whanganui for fifteen years. Raewyn is especially passionate about small businesses, and their potential to grow and contribute to a vibrant economy in the city.
She also serves on the board of Wanganui City Mission and is the president of Rotary. Raewyn is a firm believer in partnerships between voluntary organisations and the community. She is also passionate about businesses building relationships with one another for the benefit of all.
Raewyn is the past president having held this role for 4 years. She continues to serve as a valued member on the board.
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.
Melita Farley has more than 18 years experience as an instructional designer, trainer and educator.
She has worked on numerous projects in New Zealand and internationally as a lead instructional designer and trainer with responsibility for staffing, budgets, team leadership, and overall and detailed project design.
As well as developing educational content and delivering training, she has supported the professional development of hundreds of trainers and facilitators.
Melita also has extensive facilitation and community development experience, and is the Executive Producer for our films!
She has a B.A in Linguistics and Political Philosophy, a Graduate Diploma in Arts (Psychology), and is studying towards a Masters Degree in Education and Community Development.
Melita is co-owner and co-director of Double Farley and Confluence and is excited to be part of the Board leading the Whanganui Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Rory has been owner/operator of Tamara Lodge for more than 20 years.
Tamara Lodge provides travellers accommodation primarily for the Backpacker market.
Rory has also operated Whanganui River Road Tours for the past 10 years.
Rory regards the Visitor Marketing of Whanganui as the base for all marketing of our region. He regards an efficient marketing effort in the tourism sector as the spring board for all other marketing aspirations for the District. A national example of this would be Tourism New Zealand’s hugely successful “100% Pure NZ” which is now used by almost every exporting sector in some form or another.
He sees a role for the Chamber of Commerce helping local exporters connect with Visit Whanganui’s marketing effort.
Craig McKinnon joined Balance Chartered Accountants three years ago and in April 2017 he became one of four partners.
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.
With over fifteen years in education, training and development roles in adult education with an emphasis on governance, policy development and implementation, and project management, Claire is a valuable addition to the Whanganui Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board.
Throughout her career, Claire has been actively involved in developing, delivering and facilitating training programmes, and presentations to a wide variety of audiences on a range of topics. In addition to this professional career, Claire and her husband operate a tourism business on the Whanganui River.
Claire’s expertise lies in a working knowledge of the tourism industry, with strong local and regional networks, strategy and policy development and implementation, and project management.
Natalie was born and raised in Whanganui but left the region to pursue her career in Banking. 30 years on she has returned home to be closer to family and to enjoy the lifestyle that Whanganui offers.
Natalie’s dedication to relationship building and excellent customer service has been honed over more than three decades’ experience in the banking industry where she has worked across multiple frontline sales, Commercial, Institutional Banking positions. Natalie’s primary focus is client interactions and supporting and guiding a Business through all stages of it life cycle and of course “Kiwi’s making Kiwi’s better off”. Natalie is also a board member for Thrive Whanganui.
Natalie is passionate about the Whanganui Region and see this opportunity being involved on the Chamber board as an opportunity to give back to the community.
Joamari van der Walt
Joamari van der Walt is a soon to be admitted New Zealand Solicitor at Dewhirst Law.
She is an admitted Johannesburg and Singaporean lawyer with 10 years PQE and owned her own law firm for 7 years. At Dewhirst Law she specialises in Immigration Law with additional focus on Commercial Law, Employment Law, Family Law and Dispute Resolution. With her Double Bachelors’ degree in Commerce (Finance and Economics) and Law (Corporate) she is able to present unique solutions to her clients considering the legal and commercial aspects as a whole.
Joamari is a high energy individual who has deeply rooted herself in Whanganui. She loves the community atmosphere and all the exciting opportunities Whanganui presents. Joamari is passionate about the future economic growth of Whanganui and looks forward to the challenges and collaborative relationships to be formed with her involvement in the Chamber of Commerce.
After many years working across various activities in Local Government, Stuart manages his own consultancy firm specialising in Business Planning, Strategic Planning, Change Management, Policy Development, Waste Minimisation, Facilitation and Commissioner work.
Stuart is an appointed District Licensing (Alcohol) Commissioner for Whanganui and Rangitikei District Council’s and is currently an elected member and Deputy Chair of the Whanganui District Health Board following being an appointed member in 2014.
He serves on a number of not for profit entities including being Chair of the Waimarie Operating Trust, Immediate Past President of Whanganui Rotary and Executive Member of both the Whanganui and Central Districts Cancer Society.
Stuart is passionate about the District he raised his four children in. He sees Whanganui strategically well positioned to work smarter and more collegially to build business prosperity and community growth and welcomes the opportunity to make a difference around the Board table.