Our Board Members

Peter Pattullo, President

After growing up in the North Island but travelling widely and attending university in the South Island, it was not a difficult decision for Peter to shift here over 20 years ago. Along with his young family, he feels very lucky to call Nelson home with all the great things the region offers. Over the years, and still today, Peter has been heavily involved with tourism from being a business owner and sitting on various boards and committees. Along with these endeavors he also runs and owns the Smokehouse.

Peter has been active in the chamber for many years now and enjoys sitting on the board, contributing and helping at every opportunity.  He enjoys being associated with a 'fantastic chamber team' and interacting with many of our wide and varied and valuable member base.

 

Manoli Aerakis, Vice President

Having a business based in Nelson and living in Mapua, Manoli sees the enormous benefit that business vitality brings to the region and the importance of having businesses thrive, who in turn contribute to the community in various ways. He says, "The chamber plays such an important role in both business advocacy and connecting businesses, which means the work that the board and the team do is pivotal to keeping business vitality going". He loves being a member of the Chamber and became Vice President in April 2020. 

Sharon McGuire

Sharon is a professional director, currently contracts to ASURE Accommodation Group as their national Business Development and Quality Manager, is Chair of the NRDA Steering Group for Sporting, Professional, Incentive, Conference and Events (S.P.I.C.E), judge for Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Business Awards (2019, 2021), a member of IOD and of SKAL Te Tauihu.  Previous roles include BNZ Chairperson Top of the South, Trustee for Brook Waimarama Sanctuary and has held Senior Executive roles with a demonstrated history of working in the tourism, commerce and education sectors. She is skilled in strategic and business planning, relationship and stakeholder management, service excellence, and advocacy work with local and central government. She is a great supporter of community organisations and was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow for services to Rotary and the wider community.

Chris McGeown

Chris is the Chief Executive of two Nelson law firms - Hamish.Fletcher Lawyers and Oceanlaw. His background includes working in senior management roles in tourism, banking, electricity generation, and seafood. Prior to coming to Nelson in June 2018, I was the Chief Operating Officer for the Tourism Industry Association. He played a leading role in developing organisational strategy including advocacy and policy setting, communications, and tourism industry sustainability. He served as a board member of the Australasian Society of Association Professionals (AuSAE) for over 2 years.

 

Venus Guy

After being in the large retail business, for 12 years, it was time for a new direction. Venus is currently an independent chair of Nelson Tasman Kindergartens Association which has 22 kindergartens under the umbrella. She is a board member of Sport Tasman and also serves as a committee member for Nelson Marlborough branch of IOD. Venus is experienced and qualified in management, leadership, strategic and business planning. Her experience spans key sectors of business, retail (FMCG), HR, Health & Safety, compliance, not-for-profit, legal and education. She brings to the table, plenty of commercial knowledge and experience as well as a broad and diverse perspective to the individuals, groups and boards with whom she has developed positive working relationships. 

Venus believes in sustainable growth, continuous learning, improvement, and ongoing development of people.

Having master's degree in law and a graduate diploma in Business Management, Venus is keen to share her skills and give back to the community. She serves the community as a Justice of the Peace.

Richard Butler

Richard Butler

Richard moved to the Nelson region in 2002 from the UK after a background of IT team leadership for the world’s largest commercial law firm. He has successfully started and run four businesses in Nelson: two in the tech industry, one in property investment, and another as a professional coach. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and a Chamber Member under two of his businesses.

Richard sees the Chamber as pivotal to connecting Nelson businesses, locally, nationally and globally and believes that his experience running businesses in varied fields would be a great asset to the Chamber of Commerce. He believes the work he has done as a professional coach would be highly beneficial to the Board and the Chamber. Richard is a connector who loves to put people together.

His IT firm is a significant sponsor of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Safeguarding Children and Hospice.

Louise Walsh

Louise Walsh

Louise is an experienced lawyer and business owner with a passion for this region.  Originally from Wellington, Louise moved to Nelson in 2006 with her family after living and working abroad.     

Immersing herself in the local community, Louise and her husband established a successful business, which won the 2015 Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce SME business award and the Investing in People and Skills award. Having worked within the Chamber of Commerce as a Project Manager in 2016 & 2017 , Louise understands the breadth of benefits it provides to businesses in our local community, in addition to understanding its organisational objectives and operations.  

She has worked in governance at the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts and has been a trustee of McKee Charitable Trust for over ten years. 

Louise believes the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce helps to foster business connection, and greatly assists our region in becoming an exciting place to live and work, now and for future generations.  

Alfredo Puche

As a Board member, I am able to offer more than 20 years of business ownership and management experience in multiple countries and global markets.  

I consider my biggest achievement to be the creation and development of an international renewable energy company based in Spain, starting with €6,000 capital and reaching €380 million annual revenue with 1,500 employees. I have worked in many disciplines including Engineering, R&D, Production, Sales, Purchasing, HR, Quality Control and IT and have held Board positions for more than 20 years. 

In 2018 my family relocated to the Nelson region where I became a regional business owner with The Alternative Board. In 2021 I began my role as owner of The Alternative Board New Zealand where I continue to pursue my passion for helping other SME Business Owners to develop their businesses while achieving their personal goals. 

I can help the Chamber to support the growth and efficiency of SMEs, to attract talent to our region, and to nurture it once it’s here.