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.
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.
Lees is currently the Executive General Manager New Zealand for OneFortyOne Ltd (Nelson Forests). He has a Bachelor of Forestry Science from the University of Canterbury, and an MBA (Distinction) from Massey University. Lees has broad experience in the forests and forest products industry, having spent 32 years in senior roles in processing, management, supply chain, harvesting, transport and marketing in the USA, Europe, Oceania and Asia. He has previously held positions as Chair of the New Zealand Forest Industries Council, Executive member of the New Zealand Forest Owners Association and Chair of New Zealand Wood.
Sharon is a professional director, currently BNZ Chairperson Top of the South (Nelson Tasman and Marlborough) and Chair of the NRDA Steering Group for Sporting, Professional, Incentive, Conference and Events (S.P.I.C.E), judge for 2019 Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Business Award - Community Impact, a member of IOD and of SKAL Te Tauihu. Sharon 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 & Stakeholder Management, Service Excellence, and Advocacy work with local and central government. Sharon currently contracts to ASURE Accommodation Group as their national Business Development and Quality Manager. She is a great supporter of community organisations and was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow for services to Rotary and the wider community.
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 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. Venus is currently an independent board member and runs New World with her husband. 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.
Aaron works with high net worth individuals and trusts to manage, grow and protect their wealth through diversified investments. He began his career on Westpac’s graduate training programme, gaining diverse financial experience across foreign exchange, institutional and credit trading and risk management. Aaron joined Jarden’s institutional trading team in 2015, specialising in New Zealand equity markets for both local and offshore institutional investors. Aaron managed the daily wholesale AUD/NZD forex risk for high volume and high value trades, placing and clearing some of New Zealand’s largest corporate actions and block trades.
In 2017, Aaron seized the opportunity to return to his native South Island and build a wealth management practice from Jarden’s Nelson office. He has a BCom (Finance) from the University of Otago. He is a youth mentor with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of New Zealand.
Nigel says that first and foremost, his passion has always been retail and with a early goal to become the youngest Shell Retailer in New Zealand He achieved this in 1995, aged 25. In 2000, he left Christchurch to operate three Shell stations in Nelson. This grew to 12 incorporating Nelson, Marlborough and the West Coast, and for an 18-month period Gisborne, Hastings and Wairoa. Having achieved many of his personal ambitions his passion now is the safety and development of his team, and making a positive impact in the areas that he operates.
He has been an elected representative of all Z Retailers, a founding member of Z’s HSSE committee, Z’s Community Group, and was awarded Z’s Retailer of the Year Award 2016/17. He was awarded “Nelsonian of the Year” for business in 2015 and a Civic Award in 2016 for Leadership in the Community.
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