Our Board Members

The Manawatu Chamber of Commerce Board consists of a range of businesses located throughout the Manawatu region; they're all dedicated to representing the Chamber through our major projects and improving business to business communication with our members, and other businesses throughout the Manawatu.

Owen Greig - Prostrata - Chairman

My wife Di and I with our four children are committed to the Manawatu. We run a farming operation based in the Manawatu with my role being the Managing Director of the company. Under my strategic direction and management the farm has grown through land and business acquisitions. We have an office in Palmerston North.

We have owned businesses in Auckland prior to the GFC.

I have been involved in other governance roles and am involved in the Chamber due to the passion for business and the desire to see the Manawatu Region succeed. It needs focus and commitment with a long term view.

As a director I bring valuable experience from a strong and varied history, total commitment, energy and a huge drive to succeed.



Edward Teece - New Zealand Pharmaceuticals - Vice-Chair

I moved to Palmerston North in early 2010 to head up Operations for New Zealand Pharmaceuticals Ltd (NZP); a key employer in Manawatu. I am business minded, dynamic and an energetic self-starter with over twenty years’ experience in the pharmaceutical / Health Care Industry. I enjoy networking and building strong mutually beneficial business relationships and am very passionate about our great region. I would welcome the opportunity to support the Chamber of Commerce and work with other Board Members to support and promote regional businesses and assist in creating environmental, sustainable and economic growth for the Manawatu.


Billie Stanley - BDO - Treasurer

I am an NZICA qualified chartered accountant at BDO Manawatu with a strong background in corporate governance, compliance and financial reporting. My financial background will be beneficial in that I have experience with a large range of industries; this experience has allowed me to assist many businesses to achieve their goals and become financially successful. I also have the professional capabilities to assist the chamber with stronger strategic growth and the ability to provide support and advocacy for Manawatu businesses.

 
Guy Dobson - Dynamique
Our Anglo-Kiwi family moved to the Horowhenua/Manawatu region four years ago from Wellington. We love the area and have great hopes for the region in terms of rising business prosperity and socio-economic advantages driven by regional development initiatives.

With background in global financial market in wealth management, private banking, fund management, broker-dealer mainly in London, offshore and more recently in New Zealand we launched our start-up firm in the UK. This has expanded to include a successful NZ boutique operation. We deal mainly with the wholesale investment market at one level whilst on another looking after all aspects of the business from finance, marketing, technical content cloud robo development, and compliance and risk management: all matters too familiar to NZ’s SMEs. We relish the challenge and look forward to helping local firms advance and prosper where we can.

I am delighted to be part of the evolving Manawatu story and hope through the chamber contribute different skills and perspectives to the region and membership as it copes with disruptive technologies, structural employment changes and transport infrastructure realignment.
 

Kirsten Harper - CR Law

I have been in practice as a general practitioner since leaving the Crown Law Office in Wellington, where I worked in that organisations Treaty Issues and International Law Team. I changed focus to the general practice to experience a more practical and client focused role in the law.

I moved to Feilding in 2010 and since that time I have built a strong and varied client base in the areas of property law, asset planning, and employment law. I also have a number of established commercial clients both in Feilding and Palmerston North.

I am a born and bred Manawatu local who is committed to supporting business growth in our region.


 

Matthew Jeanes - Hotel Coachman

Matthew is passionate about the Manawatu region and is focused and committed too identifying collaborative opportunities for the Chamber, its members and the wider region to create growth, raise profile and be a part of the effort to make the Manawatu an attractive proposition to work, live and play in. "I am excited for our future and would like to make certain there is continuity on the board to ensure our continued growth"

Matthew joined Hotel Coachman in 2008, after working as a Sales & Marketing Manager for Accor Hotels. He has also worked for Fairfax, Radio Network and The U.K Armed Forces.  Matthew was raised in an Agricultural Town in the U.K with many similarities to the Manawatu. He enjoys Trail Riding, Tramping, Cricket, Fishing and Travel.
 

Marty Lindsay - Co-opted to the Board in November 2016

 

Andrew McLean - Craigs Investment Partners - Past Chair

I would like to stay on as a board member of the Manawatu Chamber of Commerce as I am committed to ensuring it grows from strength to strength. I am excited about the way forward and would like to make certain there is continuity on the board to ensure our continued growth and ultimate success of becoming an independent entity for the business community.


Paul O'Brien

As a past local chairman and former Director of the NZ Chamber, my involvement with The Manawatu Chamber of Commerce aligns with a passion to support our business community.

Having enjoyed four decades in my profession, it is a pleasure to be able to still contribute to the Manawatu Chamber. The various business and community boards I am associated with, all benefit from the efforts of our organisation.



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