Ali Boswijk announced as new Chamber CEO

The Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Board is pleased to announce Ali Boswijk has been appointed to lead the Chamber.

President Lees Seymour said the Chamber had conducted two rigorous recruitment processes, with a focus on taking as much time as necessary to select the right person for the role. 

“Overall we have been really impressed with the calibre of applicants, and we are confident that Ali is well placed to lead the Chamber into its next phase”. 

Ali has lived in Nelson for 22 years and during that time has worked in both the public and private sector.

A communications specialist with over thirty years-experience, Ali started her working career with London-based, international news agency, WTN. Since then, has worked with a wide range of organisations from large international Blue-Chip companies and start-ups, to governments and NGOs. In recent years she has moved increasingly into positions of strategy development and taken on a number of governance roles. The most significant of these was as a Councillor with Nelson City Council, and in her second term she was appointed Deputy Mayor. 

Since 2012 she has worked on international projects for World of WearableArt (WOW), and in recent years has held the position of Head of International Projects and Business Development. In this role, she has been responsible for, among other things, delivery of all WOW activity in oversea markets including a successful exhibition that has been touring since 2014 and is currently in St Petersburg, Russia.

The Nelson Tasman Chamber Chief Executive will continue to work closely with the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce as part of a ‘top of the south’ approach on issues affecting the wider region, however will not be required to lead the Marlborough team as well. 

“At our recent review the joint steering committee recognised the need to adjust the resource sharing agreement with Marlborough one year on” said Lees. “The Nelson Tasman Chamber has successfully assisted the Marlborough Chamber to lift their presence, refresh their brand and improve their membership value offerings, and they are now well placed to continue this work on their own. We’ve developed a great working relationship and will continue to collaborate on key issues affecting the top of the south”. 

Lees thanked Chamber Board Vice President Ru Collin for stepping into the CEO role in an acting capacity since September. “Ru has overseen a particularly busy period for the Chamber team, with the move to the Mahitahi Colab and the highly successful 30th anniversary of the annual Business Awards, and we’re grateful to him for stepping in during this interim period”. 

Ali will take up her new role on Monday 18 February 2019. Ru will stay on until the end of February to assist with handover. 

Display your artwork at the Mahitahi Colab!

Are you a budding or established artist looking for somewhere to display your work? We’re putting the finishing touches on the shared space in the Mahitahi Colab and we’d love to collaborate with you.

The Mahitahi Colab is about working together to support and inspire clever business, innovation and talent in Nelson Tasman, and was founded by the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce, Nelson Regional Development Agency and the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.

We’re looking for three art pieces to display in three of our shared space meeting rooms that help to tell the story of the Nelson Tasman region. We need one piece to showcase Nelson Tasman’s stunning natural landscapes, one piece to demonstrate our clever business community and a piece to represent the region’s diversity.

Each artwork must be able to be hung on the wall (rather than freestanding), and be restricted to dimensions of no more than 1m x 1m. There are colour requirements for each piece of artwork required (as detailed in the terms and conditions).

The winning pieces will be displayed in the meeting rooms with details of the artist for up to six months, unless sold prior.

All entrants will be required to submit your artwork to the Mahitahi Colab by 14 February 2019, with the winners announced in early March 2019. An independent judge will be announced in the new year to review the entries and select the winners. There will also be a great prize on offer for the winners.

So get creative over summer and submit your work! Any questions, please contact Ru Collin at the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce – or 548 1363.

Terms and conditions:

The three art pieces should meet the following requirements: 

  • An art piece (able to be hung on the wall) that showcases the Nelson Tasman region’s stunning natural landscape(s). Can include any range of materials, but must not exceed 1m squared in size. This is to be hung in The Janszoon Room at the Mahitahi Colab (colour theme of room is Teal CMYK: 80-0-20-0, RGB: 0-183-206, Pantone 312 – would be great if this colour was incorporated somehow).
  • An art piece (able to be hung on the wall) that showcases Nelson Tasman’s Clever Business community. Can include any range of materials, but must not exceed 1m squared in size. This is to be hung in The Ernest Rutherford Room at the Mahitahi Colab (colour theme of room is Green CMYK: 30-0-100-0, RGB: 191-215-48, Pantone 389 – would be great if this colour was incorporated somehow).
  • An art piece (able to be hung on the wall) that showcases Nelson Tasman’s diversity – in terms of community and/or business. Can include any range of materials, but must not exceed 1m squared in size. This is to be hung in The Braeburn Room at the Mahitahi Colab (colour theme of room is Red CMYK: 3-98-94-0, RGB: 231-38-43, Pantone 179 – would be great if this colour was incorporated somehow). Chamber members and non-members are welcome to enter, but must be 18 years and older. 

Multiple entries are allowed.

The tenants of the Mahitahi Colab will not be responsible for your artwork other than ensuring it is securely hung on the wall, and all reasonable security measures will be taken to ensure the Mahitahi Colab is secure during business and after hours.

Art pieces selected for display will be hung for a maximum of six months unless otherwise agreed by the artist and the Mahitahi Colab Board.

Give us your feedback

It’s really important to the team here at the Chamber that we continue to deliver membership value to you, and we’d like to know what you think.

We’ve put together a brief survey asking for your views on Chamber membership.

Every member who completes the survey can opt to go into the prize draw of a $200 travel voucher courtesy of our Cornerstone Partner Air New Zealand (terms and conditions apply).

The survey should take you less than 10 minutes, and we’re only asking for your name if you’d like to go into the prize draw.

We’ll be closing the survey on Monday 17 December and announcing the lucky winner on Tuesday 18 December in our weekly e-newsletter.

Thanks in advance, your honest feedback is very valuable to us.

Take the survey here