Chief Executive & Chamber Board

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:

Our Admin Team

Behind the scenes are our fabulous admin team making sure our systems are in place and all is in order.  Anita is our accounts & administrative manager and Glen is our communications manager.  Together with Sue they provide the Chamber with a seamless service to keep our members up to date and with relevant information.

Glenda Brown – Chair

Glenda Brown is a Director of eHaus – a national design & build passive house Company.

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:

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 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.

Claire Wickham

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 Sara

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 is originally from South Africa but likes to think that she has always been from Whanganui.

She is an admitted Johannesburg and Singaporean lawyer with a double bachelors’ degree in Commerce (Finance and Economics) and Law, owned her own law firm for 7 years, will soon be admitted as a New Zealand Solicitor and specialises in immigration law, corporate commercial law, conveyancing and estate planning at Robinson & Associates Lawyers.

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.

Stuart Hylton

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.

Carol Hayward

Carol owns Chonel Hairdressing in Whanganui and has a career spanning 35 years in the industry.  Carol is also the Board Chair of Te Manu Atatū Maori Business Network, board member Community Education Services Whanganui and board Member NZ Association of Registered Hairdressers.

Carol is committed to ensuring all businesses have the skills and resources to help them succeed, which in turn benefits the wider Whanganui community.

Jacqui Broughton

Jacqui is the Director of Jax Hair Studio, Whanganui and has been in business for 28 years.  She has served on Local and National Hairdressing Committees, providing support for Educational training and Qualification Development.

Jacqui is passionate about Whanganui and ensuring our businesses are well supported for success in our region.  She is looking forward to serving on the board as a member and using her skills to contribute to the services the Chamber offers to its members.