Board Members 2019-03-21T14:01:36+12:00

Board Members

Blair Alabaster – Property Brokers  – Chairman

Blair was born in Whanganui, raised in Taupo and has since lived in a number of locations around New Zealand. It’s a history that’s given him a deep appreciation for and wealth of life experience in this amazing country. It’s a history that’s also inspired his passion for New Zealand’s great outdoors, and when not spending time with his wife and three young children, Blair can most often be found pursuing his love of hunting and fishing.
Commitment and teamwork are disciplines that were embedded early in Blair’s life through his involvement in competitive rowing. Blair participated at the national level in the sport and believes those attributes instilled in his youth have stood him in good stead in all aspects of life right through to today.
Blair’s dedication to world class customer service has been honed over more than two decades’ experience in the banking industry, where he has worked across multiple frontline sales and leadership positions. This is where Blair gained a true understanding of the value of trust in building and achieving successful client relationships. And today, providing an outstanding customer experience is Blair’s primary focus in all client interactions.
Blair is currently part of the Commercial Team at Property Brokers.
Blair Alabaster
Matthew Jeanes
Matthew Jeanes –  Vice Chair 
I am passionate about the Manawatu region and am focused and committed to 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.
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.
Rahui Corbett
Guy Dobson
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 – Treadwell Gordon
I am a Principal at Treadwell Gordon, one of the country’s longest standing law firms. While my client base is primarily located in the Manawatu/Rangitikei, Treadwell Gordon offers legal services right across New Zealand, which is due to a firm-wide commitment to embrace collaboration technologies and other digital tools to deliver client solutions efficiently.
Prior to moving into general/property 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 (where I remain based) I have built a strong and varied client base in rural and commercial property, business law, and the associated areas of asset planning and employment law. I act for a number of well-established clients in the wider 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 an Executive member of Feilding & District Promotion Incorporated, and a Trustee of the Te Awa Community Foundation, an organization focussed on promoting local philanthropy.
Kirsten Harper
Paul O’Brien – Suncorp/Asteron Life
Following a quarter od a century membership with the Manawatu Chamber of Commerce and a decade on the Board, I have enjoyed having a break.
However after being approached by several members to re-join the Board, I am happy to spend another year with our vibrant team to help drive the economy here in the ‘Central Rivera of NZ’.
Caren Bailey
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.
Adrian Doyle
Rob Campbell
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.”
Cam Hadfield – FMG 
My career background is in the financial services industry where I have spent over 15 years working in both Banking & Insurance sectors. I am proud to call Manawatu home having attended both PNBHS & Massey University before heading overseas for sport and travel. After a stint in Wellington my wife & I moved back to Manawatu in 2012 to enjoy the fantastic benefits and lifestyle which we now share with our 3 children.
I am very passionate about the Manawatu region and the benefits it has to offer as both a place to live and do business. I am also very keen to see businesses thrive and succeed in the region knowing the positive economic benefits this has. My local involvement in the community includes previously being Chair of a local non-profit preschool for 4 years and also assisting my wife with her business which she has established in the region.
Outside of work I love getting outdoors whether it is with the kids, trail running, playing sport, gardening, or even some travel if time allows.
Cam Hadfield

Board Members

Blair Alabaster – Property Brokers  – Chairman

Blair was born in Whanganui, raised in Taupo and has since lived in a number of locations around New Zealand. It’s a history that’s given him a deep appreciation for and wealth of life experience in this amazing country. It’s a history that’s also inspired his passion for New Zealand’s great outdoors, and when not spending time with his wife and three young children, Blair can most often be found pursuing his love of hunting and fishing.

Commitment and teamwork are disciplines that were embedded early in Blair’s life through his involvement in competitive rowing. Blair participated at the national level in the sport and believes those attributes instilled in his youth have stood him in good stead in all aspects of life right through to today.

Blair’s dedication to world class customer service has been honed over more than two decades’ experience in the banking industry, where he has worked across multiple frontline sales and leadership positions. This is where Blair gained a true understanding of the value of trust in building and achieving successful client relationships. And today, providing an outstanding customer experience is Blair’s primary focus in all client interactions.

Blair is currently part of the Commercial Team at Property Brokers.

 
Blair Alabaster
Matthew Jeanes – Hotel Coachman – Vice Chair
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.
Matthew Jeanes
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.
Rahui Corbett
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.
Guy Dobson
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 an Executive member of Feilding & District Promotion Incorporated, and a Trustee of the Te Awa Community Foundation, an organization focussed on promoting local philanthropy.
Kirsten Harper
Paul O'Brien - Suncorp/Asteron Life

Following a quarter od a century membership with the Manawatu Chamber of Commerce and a decade on the Board, I have enjoyed having a break.

However after being approached by several members to re-join the Board, I am happy to spend another year with our vibrant team to help drive the economy here in the 'Central Rivera of NZ'.

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.
Caren Bailey
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.
Adrian Doyle
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.”
Rob Campbell
Cam Hadfield - FMG
My career background is in the financial services industry where I have spent over 15 years working in both Banking & Insurance sectors. I am proud to call Manawatu home having attended both PNBHS & Massey University before heading overseas for sport and travel. After a stint in Wellington my wife & I moved back to Manawatu in 2012 to enjoy the fantastic benefits and lifestyle which we now share with our 3 children.
I am very passionate about the Manawatu region and the benefits it has to offer as both a place to live and do business. I am also very keen to see businesses thrive and succeed in the region knowing the positive economic benefits this has. My local involvement in the community includes previously being Chair of a local non-profit preschool for 4 years and also assisting my wife with her business which she has established in the region.
Outside of work I love getting outdoors whether it is with the kids, trail running, playing sport, gardening, or even some travel if time allows.
Cam Hadfield