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.