Our Staff

Chamber Staff

Chief Executive
Grant Kerr – grant@commerce.org.nz

Grant joined the Chamber as Chief Executive in February 2017. Previously he worked as Head of New Zealand JetStar from 2013-2016, and prior to that as General Manager for Air New Zealand Cargo for several years. Grant is also CEO of the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce. He is passionate about living and working in the Nelson Tasman region and helping to create the best economic conditions for businesses to thrive.


Communications Manager
Megan Kitchener – megan@commerce.org.nz

Megan looks after the Chamber’s communications channels, including our weekly e-newsletter, Commerce Comment magazine, website and social media channels. She also works with Grant on advocacy issues as well as supporting the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce with their communications. If you’d like more exposure for your business, talk to Megan about how the Chamber can help.


Events Manager
Jane Crampton – jane@commerce.org.nz

Jane is responsible for managing all the Chamber’s events, including Business After Fives, luncheons, new member events and Chief Executive updates, and looks after the logistics for our annual Aspire conference and the Business Awards. Jane also manages the Chamber’s sponsorship agreements. If you’re interested in partnering with the Chamber, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Jane.


Business Development and Training Manager
Trina Zimmerman – trina@commerce.org.nz

After 11 years and multiple roles at the Chamber, Trina has moved into this role to bring Chamber members improved training and development opportunities. Trina is rolling out an exciting new Business Building Block series, with new streams and a variety of offerings. Many of these sessions will be mapped out so you’ll be able to plan your professional development in advance.


Business Advisor
Sandra Crone – sandra@commerce.org.nz

Sandra joined the Chamber in January 2018 as our Business Advisor, responsible for issuing capability vouchers under the Regional Business Partnership Scheme. If you’d like some help with your business, or are looking to upskill, talk to Sandra about how you could access some funding to help with this. 


Business Support Co-ordinator
Carolyn Waghorn – info@commerce.org.nz

Carolyn is our wonderful first point of contact when you get in touch with the Chamber. Carolyn is the Chamber’s financial whizz and manages our accounts, and also looks after trade authentication certificates for businesses who export. Carolyn keeps the Chamber running smoothly and can answer anything you need to know about your membership.