Thank you to our members for taking the time to vote in the recent Board election for the 2017/18 Chamber Board, and to the high caliber of nominees who put themselves forward for the two Board positions.
Congratulations to Ru Collin, who was a Board member and went through unopposed as Vice President, and we welcome two new Board members Robyn Wilson and Nigel Andrews.
The Board now consists of:
- Lees Seymour, President
- Patrick Smith, Past President
- Peter Pattullo, Vice President
- Ru Collin, Vice President
- Emma McCashin, Board member
- Manoli Aerakis, Board member
- Robyn Wilson, Board member
- Nigel Andrews, Board member
The overall voting response rate was up seven percent from the Board elections in 2015, reflecting the high engagement of our membership.
A special thank you to our two outgoing Board members, Vice President Gillian Wratt and Vice President Marina Hirst-Tristram for their enormous contribution and guidance during their tenures on the Board. The Chamber wishes them well for the future.
Meet our new Board members
Robyn has an extensive background in commerce, having spent 30 years in the banking industry in various roles and locations, including 6 years overseas. In her current role as Commercial Business Partner with the BNZ, Robyn works with local businesses helping them achieve their growth aspirations, and understands the challenges and successes of doing business in the region.
“I am genuinely excited about this opportunity to be involved with the Chamber and I thank the members for their support. As a voice for local business, I believe the Chamber is a key conduit to driving the success of the local economy through engagement with local government and the community. I’m passionate about the Nelson Tasman region and am looking forward to adding value through my experience and common-sense approach.”
Nigel Andrews became the youngest Shell retailer in NZ in 1995 aged 25. In 2000, he left Christchurch to operate three Shell stations in Nelson, which grew to 12 incorporating Nelson, Marlborough and the West Coast. More recently Nigel has been an elected representative of all Z Retailers, and was awarded ‘Nelsonian of the Year’ for business in 2015 and a Civic Award in 2016 for Leadership in the Community.
“I feel honoured to have been elected to the Board and trust that my experience as a Shell, and now Z, retailer since 1995 will add value. Having achieved many of my personal business ambitions, my passion is now the safety and development of my teams, and making a positive impact in the areas that I operate. I look forward to working with the other Board members towards the advancement of Nelson as a place of business”.