Our Staff

Ali Boswijk - Chief Executive - Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce

Chief Executive

Ali Boswijk – ali@commerce.org.nz

Ali was appointed as Chief Executive of the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce in February 2019.  As CEO, Ali is responsible for overseeing delivery of the Chamber’s strategy and making sure that the team has everything in place to help them provide the best possible service for our members and partners. She directs the advocacy work of the Chamber and participates on several regional forums including as Co-Chair of the Nelson Tasman Regional Skills Leadership Group. 

Business Development and Training Manager - Trina Zimmerman

Business Development and Training Manager

Trina Zimmerman – trina@commerce.org.nz

As chief “Student Wrangler” for YES, you will find Trina at local high schools supporting young entrepreneurs with their business ventures.  She’s also responsible for our programme of business development workshops providing opportunities for you to upskill with our expert presenters. 

Business Growth Advisor - Sandra Crone

Business Growth Advisor

Sandra Crone – sandra@commerce.org.nz

Sandra joined the Chamber in January 2018 as our Business Advisor, responsible for issuing capability vouchers under the Regional Business Partnership Scheme. If you’d like some help with your business, or are looking to upskill, talk to Sandra about how you could access some funding to help with this. 

Communications & Major Events -  Britt Coker

Communications & Major Events Manager

Britt Coker – britt@commerce.org.nz

Britt’s favourite question to hear is, 'Can you tell me how to enter the Chamber's business awards?". She oversees the process from category entries and judging, to all the moving parts that make up the awards dinner. She is also responsible for the Chamber's other major event - our annual Aspire conference where over 300 local business people gather together to hear from inspiring business leaders from throughout New Zealand, and connect and collaborate with each other.  She oversees the Chamber's quarterly publication, Commerce Comment, our  weekly e-news, and all other content channels.  


Office Manager - David Kerr

Office Manager

David Kerr – david@commerce.org.nz

David is the “details driven” member of the team responsible for the Finance and accounts, board reporting, export certification and generally getting stuff done to keep the Chamber back office operating.

Creative Careers Advisor - Stephen Broad-Paul

Creative Careers Advisor

Stephen Broad-Paul - stephen@commerce.org.nz

Stephen leads three portfolios of work - our Creative Careers Service (ArtWork) where he mentors creatives to develop their business/commercial skills. Then there is the MSD Flexiwage and Startup Grant, working one on one with MSD clients, who have a goal of being self-employed. Never one to rest on his laurels, Primetime is Stephen’s most recent addition, leading a cohort of over 50’s in the early stages of establishing a new business. 

Partnership & Membership Manager - Kim Odendaal

Partnership & Membership Manager

Kim Odendaal - Kim@commerce.org.nz

Kim joined the Chamber in August 2022 and looks after our network of members, sponsors and partners, ensuring that the Chamber is a valuable partner for all businesses, regardless of size or sector.

If you are keen to join the Chamber, have a question around membership or are interested in sponsorship opportunities to partner with us on, please do not hesitate to give Kim a shout.

Community Liaison & Administration Support - Rikki Smith

Community Liaison & Administration Support

Rikki Smith - rikki@commerce.org.nz

Working across both the Chamber and the Mahitahi Colab, Rikki fronts up our reception desk, providing a welcoming face to visitors. Taking care of the Colab day-to-day, Rikki also provides event and communications support for the Chamber and assists with export certificate of origins and other general administration. 

The artwork in the background of our photos is by Karen Walters, Kereru Gallery.