Board Members 2017-12-13T13:41:44+00:00

Board of Directors

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.
Rahui Corbett – Morrison Creed – Treasurer 
I am a partner at Morrison Creed Advisory Limited, where we work with a huge range of local businesses to work through their road blocks achieve their freedoms.  As an NZICA qualified Chartered Accountant I will bring my financial background to support the Chamber.   I am a Manawatu local and am excited to work with likeminded people to represent businesses in the Manawatu to ensure that the Manawatu is a place to thrive for people in business now and in the future.
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 am a Partner at CR Law, one of the Manawatu’s largest law firm, with offices in Feilding and Palmerston North. Prior to moving into general practice I was employed in the Treaty Issues and International Law Team at the Crown Law Office in Wellington.  Since relocating to Feilding in 2010 I have built a strong and varied client base primarily in property law (rural, commercial and residential), business law, and the associated areas of asset planning and employment law. I act for a number of established (and establishing) business clients in the Manawatu Region, and have a particular interest in the Agri-Business sector. Both personally and professionally I am committed to supporting an increase in our Region’s profile, and with it sustainable business growth and prosperity. I am also a member of the Board of Trustees for Manchester Street School in Feilding, and am an Executive member of Feilding & District Promotion Incorporated, a community focussed organization that assists with profiling the many great things on offer in the Manawatu.
Matthew Jeanes – Hotel Coachman
I am 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”
I joined Hotel Coachman in 2008, after working as a Sales & Marketing Manager for Accor Hotels. I have also worked for Fairfax, Radio Network and The U.K Armed Forces.  I was raised in an Agricultural Town in the U.K with many similarities to the Manawatu. I also enjoy Trail Riding, Tramping, Cricket, Fishing and Travel.
Blair Alabaster – KiwiBank
I started as a career banker at the age of 17.  I am a very focused & forward thinking individual with a strong drive & passion for success. I am a self-starter with a unique ability to work autonomously & in a team environment to ensure that I deliver the right outcomes for key stakeholders & individuals. A focused Area Manager for Kiwibank Business Banking for the past 3 years leading a team of highly motivated business managers wanting to make a difference and turn banking on its head in New Zealand.
I’m hugely supportive of having a strong business community in the Manawatu and I can see vast opportunities in the coming years as the regions continues to leverage off the key industries that supports our wider business network. Having previously stood on the board for two and half years from 2012 to November 2014 I thoroughly enjoyed my time and only stood down due to family commitments. Now a father of 3 beautiful children under 4 years old, I spend my time between my job, my awesome family and manage to squeeze in a bit of hunting from time to time but now feel it’s time for me to give back to my local business community and stand for Board Member once again.
Caren Bailey – PBBNZ
I am a passionate business leader with extensive career experience in accounting and financial management, agriculture and economic development.  I am Manawatu born and bred.  I grew up in Oroua Downs on a pedigree Jersey dairy farm.  I am the General Manager of New Zealand Performance Beef Breeders Ltd (PBBnz).  I have led the Manawatu based business since 2014 and love working in friendly Feilding – the rural hub of the Manawatu and a key agribusiness region in New Zealand.
My community contribution is significant and I work to encourage growth in our local region. I am the Board of Trustees Chairman of Riverdale School.  I  get immense satisfaction from helping to grow these youth into globally aware, 21st century critical thinkers. I also sit on the organising committee for the International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR) Conference being held at the Aotea Centre, Auckland in February 2018. This event will bring world leading scientists in animal recording and genetic evaluation from over 50 countries to New Zealand. Outside of work, I enjoy gardening, Pilates, walking and spending time with family and friends.  After a nine year stint living in Auckland,  my husband Craig and I  believe the Manawatu is the perfect place to raise their two daughters, Emma and Abby-Rose.
Adrian Doyle – 360 Logistics
My working background is almost exclusively in international freight forwarding (including Customs Brokerage) and logistics, having spent nearly 30 years in the industry. During this time I have worked for international forwarders at a national, regional and global level, with roles ranging from operations to sales, commercial, regional and country management roles. Originally from the Manawatu (Palmerston North born and bred), I returned to the region at the beginning of 2014 after a 15-year absence (spent in Wellington and Auckland) to open up the local branch of 360 Logistics after a 2-year break from the industry where I spent time working as a Business Broker selling commercial businesses.
I’m passionate about the Manawatu region having grown up here, raised kids here, and once again enjoying the benefits of doing business here, where the integrity of the local business community is of a high ethic. The Manawatu is a great place to live and do business and I see a role with the Chamber of Commerce as an opportunity to both reinforce this to the existing business community and also to pass that on to prospective businesses/people that are considering making the Manawatu their home. Having spent time in other regions, I see no reason why businesses that may ‘feel the need’ to be based in a larger centre could not thrive on relocating to this region and enjoying the benefits of our location, lower costs of living, and ready access to a skilled workforce.
Outside of work my passion is football (soccer) having been involved in the game for more than 40 years, firstly as a player and in later years as a coach and administrator both in Auckland and on my return to the region, where I have resumed a previous longstanding involvement with my former club.
Rob Campbell – Forsyth Barr
“I have a genuine passion for people and work to form effective and durable relationships. My background includes leadership and business ownership roles in the Finance and Management Services sectors, working primarily with business and agribusiness SME’s. I am active within the Institute of Directors as part of the Manawatu Regional Committee. I am also a Business Mentor.
Business has a profound and positive influence on our regional economy.  By advocating for business and fostering business capability, the Chamber of Commerce is contributing to the long term success of our great community. It’s a privilege to be involved in this endeavour.”

Board of Directors

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.
Rahui Corbett – Morrison Creed – Treasurer 
I am a partner at Morrison Creed Advisory Limited, where we work with a huge range of local businesses to work through their road blocks achieve their freedoms.  As an NZICA qualified Chartered Accountant I will bring my financial background to support the Chamber.   I am a Manawatu local and am excited to work with likeminded people to represent businesses in the Manawatu to ensure that the Manawatu is a place to thrive for people in business now and in the future.
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 am a Partner at CR Law, one of the Manawatu’s largest law firm, with offices in Feilding and Palmerston North. Prior to moving into general practice I was employed in the Treaty Issues and International Law Team at the Crown Law Office in Wellington.  Since relocating to Feilding in 2010 I have built a strong and varied client base primarily in property law (rural, commercial and residential), business law, and the associated areas of asset planning and employment law. I act for a number of established (and establishing) business clients in the Manawatu Region, and have a particular interest in the Agri-Business sector. Both personally and professionally I am committed to supporting an increase in our Region’s profile, and with it sustainable business growth and prosperity. I am also a member of the Board of Trustees for Manchester Street School in Feilding, and am an Executive member of Feilding & District Promotion Incorporated, a community focussed organization that assists with profiling the many great things on offer in the Manawatu.
Matthew Jeanes – Hotel Coachman
I am 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”
I joined Hotel Coachman in 2008, after working as a Sales & Marketing Manager for Accor Hotels. I have also worked for Fairfax, Radio Network and The U.K Armed Forces.  I was raised in an Agricultural Town in the U.K with many similarities to the Manawatu. I also enjoy Trail Riding, Tramping, Cricket, Fishing and Travel.
Blair Alabaster – KiwiBank
I started as a career banker at the age of 17.  I am a very focused & forward thinking individual with a strong drive & passion for success. I am a self-starter with a unique ability to work autonomously & in a team environment to ensure that I deliver the right outcomes for key stakeholders & individuals. A focused Area Manager for Kiwibank Business Banking for the past 3 years leading a team of highly motivated business managers wanting to make a difference and turn banking on its head in New Zealand.
I’m hugely supportive of having a strong business community in the Manawatu and I can see vast opportunities in the coming years as the regions continues to leverage off the key industries that supports our wider business network. Having previously stood on the board for two and half years from 2012 to November 2014 I thoroughly enjoyed my time and only stood down due to family commitments. Now a father of 3 beautiful children under 4 years old, I spend my time between my job, my awesome family and manage to squeeze in a bit of hunting from time to time but now feel it’s time for me to give back to my local business community and stand for Board Member once again.
Caren Bailey – PBBNZ
I am a passionate business leader with extensive career experience in accounting and financial management, agriculture and economic development.  I am Manawatu born and bred.  I grew up in Oroua Downs on a pedigree Jersey dairy farm.  I am the General Manager of New Zealand Performance Beef Breeders Ltd (PBBnz).  I have led the Manawatu based business since 2014 and love working in friendly Feilding – the rural hub of the Manawatu and a key agribusiness region in New Zealand.
My community contribution is significant and I work to encourage growth in our local region. I am the Board of Trustees Chairman of Riverdale School.  I  get immense satisfaction from helping to grow these youth into globally aware, 21st century critical thinkers. I also sit on the organising committee for the International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR) Conference being held at the Aotea Centre, Auckland in February 2018. This event will bring world leading scientists in animal recording and genetic evaluation from over 50 countries to New Zealand. Outside of work, I enjoy gardening, Pilates, walking and spending time with family and friends.  After a nine year stint living in Auckland,  my husband Craig and I  believe the Manawatu is the perfect place to raise their two daughters, Emma and Abby-Rose.
Adrian Doyle – 360 Logistics
My working background is almost exclusively in international freight forwarding (including Customs Brokerage) and logistics, having spent nearly 30 years in the industry. During this time I have worked for international forwarders at a national, regional and global level, with roles ranging from operations to sales, commercial, regional and country management roles. Originally from the Manawatu (Palmerston North born and bred), I returned to the region at the beginning of 2014 after a 15-year absence (spent in Wellington and Auckland) to open up the local branch of 360 Logistics after a 2-year break from the industry where I spent time working as a Business Broker selling commercial businesses.
I’m passionate about the Manawatu region having grown up here, raised kids here, and once again enjoying the benefits of doing business here, where the integrity of the local business community is of a high ethic. The Manawatu is a great place to live and do business and I see a role with the Chamber of Commerce as an opportunity to both reinforce this to the existing business community and also to pass that on to prospective businesses/people that are considering making the Manawatu their home. Having spent time in other regions, I see no reason why businesses that may ‘feel the need’ to be based in a larger centre could not thrive on relocating to this region and enjoying the benefits of our location, lower costs of living, and ready access to a skilled workforce.
Outside of work my passion is football (soccer) having been involved in the game for more than 40 years, firstly as a player and in later years as a coach and administrator both in Auckland and on my return to the region, where I have resumed a previous longstanding involvement with my former club.
Rob Campbell – Forsyth Barr
“I have a genuine passion for people and work to form effective and durable relationships. My background includes leadership and business ownership roles in the Finance and Management Services sectors, working primarily with business and agribusiness SME’s. I am active within the Institute of Directors as part of the Manawatu Regional Committee. I am also a Business Mentor.
Business has a profound and positive influence on our regional economy.  By advocating for business and fostering business capability, the Chamber of Commerce is contributing to the long term success of our great community. It’s a privilege to be involved in this endeavour.”