The Board

The Wellington Employers' Chamber of Commerce Board is made up of the following people:

Peter Cullen

Peter Cullen  Cullen Law, President 

Peter studied at Victoria University in Wellington where he was President of the Students' Association in the 1970s. He worked at what was then Bell Gully & Co, as a Law Clerk and Office Solicitor, and then worked for the Law Reform Division of the Justice Department.

Following that Peter worked at the employment coalface as an industrial advocate.He returned to the practice of law in 1990. In 1994 Peter established his own firm, Cullen-The Employment Law Firm.

He works for both employers and employees and has built upon his earlier experience gained as an industrial advocate.

Peter convened the Wellington District Law Society Employment Law Committee from its inception until 2004. He is a regular speaker and commentator to the news media on industrial law issues. He has been a columnist for the Dominion and later The Dominion Post for many years.

He uses his legal skills to impart clients with helpful advice upon which to base their decisions. His strengths lie in his in-depth knowledge of New Zealand employment law and his abilities as an advocate.

Cas Carter

Cas Carter Massey University, Vice-President

Cas Carter is an experienced corporate communications, public relations and marketing specialist who has held the position of Assistant Vice-Chancellor at Massey University for over four years.

Prior to the education sector, Cas worked in the tourism industry for over fifteen years including heading corporate communications for Tourism New Zealand, Private Secretary to the Minister of Tourism and Marketing and Communications manager for the inaugural Wellington tourism organisation. 

Cas worked as a journalist, news reader and sub editor in both print and radio for of over 10 years in Taranaki, Manawatu, the Bay of Plenty and Wellington. She has a Bachelor of Social Sciences from Waikato University and an Applied Masters in Recreation and Leisure from Victoria University. 

Cas has experience in overseeing and managing major international events, as well as stakeholder relationship management both nationally and globally.

Olivier Lacoua

Olivier Lacoua  CQ Hotels

Olivier Lacoua is the General Manager of the CQ Hotels Wellington, Chair of the Cordon Bleu NZ Industry Advisory Board, Vice President ICA Inner City Association of Wellington, member of the CCEF (French Foreign Trade Advisors in New Zealand), 2012-13 Executive member of the Wellington Hospitality Association and 2012-13 TIA Hotels Wellington Regional Chair.

In 2012, Olivier was honored by the French Government Knight of the National Order of Merit of France. With extensive domestic and overseas work experience alongside strong networking ability, Olivier has developed along his career necessary leadership and cultural understandings to expand his hospitality expertise to the benefit of the New Zealand Tourism Industry.

Prior to joining the CQ Hotels Wellington (CHOICE Hotels Franchise Group), Olivier worked with ACCOR NZ for 6 years managing the IBIS Wellington, MERCURE Wellington and for 12 years with LOUVRE HOTELS in Europe.

Ian Cassels

Ian Cassels The Wellington Company

Brent Callaghan

Brent Callaghan  Westpac

Brent is a Senior Commercial Banker at Westpac, with over 15 years in Banking and Finance experience backed with a Banking and Finance Degree from Massey University.

Based in Wellington, Brent has deep understanding of business and industries with Wellington and the Lower North Island and is passionate about Wellington business with a desire to ensure that the Wellington story is one of a strong, vibrant and collaborative business community.

Brent's expertise lies in finance and commerce with strong networks in the business community.

John Dow

John Dow – Agenda Limited

Director of AGENDA Limited a Wellington Chamber of Commerce member for 27 years.

Have successfully and consistently worked at the highest levels of Central and Local Government, Business, Sport, Arts, Tourism and the Media within Wellington for over 27 years.

Creator and Director of the WELLINGTON GOLD AWARDS in association with The Dominion Post, established in 1999 as the region's awards for celebrating and acknowledging businesses and business people now in its 14th year.

Secured the A League Licence for Wellington in 2007 and assisted in establishing the Wellington Phoenix Football Club and won the bid for Wellington to host the All Whites versus Bahrain World Cup Qualifier in 2009.

A Director of the annual WELLYS – Wellingtonian of the Year Awards, Project Director in NZ for WORLD PRESS PHOTO EXHIBITION, Marketing Director in 1990 and 1992 New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, Event Director Tribute '08 A Vietnam Commemoration, Project Manager for Major NZ promotional initiatives in San Francisco, Vancouver and Valencia, established the Champion Canterbury Awards in association with The Press ( Canterbury business awards), have successfully created numerous local, regional, national and international events, projects and marketing campaigns.

A strong believer and advocate for the vital role that businesses have in our community and is committed to encouraging and supporting Wellington businesses to thrive and prosper.

Charles Finny

Charles Finny Saunders Unsworth

Charles performs a mix of consultancy and corporate governance work from New Zealand's pre-eminent Government Relations consultancy Saunders Unsworth Ltd. His clients are mainly from the education, infrastructure and international trade sectors.

He Chairs the Board of Education New Zealand and is on the Boards of NZTE, the Film Commission and Kawarau Estate Limited.  He is a member of the Victoria University of Wellington Council. 

Charles was CEO of the Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce from 2005 until it merged with the EMA in 2010. Previously he worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.  He is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington.


Zane Fulljames  NZ Bus.

Zane Fulljames is a current Chief Executive of NZ Bus. Prior to joining NZ Bus he worked for Dutch Shell.

He spent 20 years overseas leading transformational programmes across multiple sectors including finance, technology, pulp and paper, civil construction, food, television, logistics and oil and gas.

Zane is also a board member of Business Central.

Dr.Linda Sissons

Linda Sissons  Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec)

Linda Sissons is CEO of Wellington Institute of Technology. Prior to that position she has worked in university and Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics management roles in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

She represents the New Zealand Government as Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth of Learning, is on the Board of WorldSkills NZ, and is also on the Board of ESITO (Electrical Supply Industry Training Organisation).  She has been a member of a number of Government commissions over the years, including Tertiary Education Advisory Commission.

She holds a PhD from London University, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Programme. She was a member of the Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce Board from 2001–2008.

Richard Stone

Richard Stone  JacksonStone & Partners

During his more than 25 years of experience in the human resources consulting industry, Richard has been a founder, shareholder and senior consultant in several leading industry entities. His primary consulting focus has been on the appointment of Chief Executives and non-executive directors both within the public, private and NGO sectors.

Richard's comprehensive knowledge of the New Zealand business environment and the challenges which it faces, along with his formidable networks developed over 25 years, allows him the ability to work intimately with clients in meeting their needs.

Richard is a Director of Business Central, Council member of Business New Zealand, Director of Grow Wellington and Workbridge, and a former Chair of Unicef.

Pierre Woolridge

Pierre Woolridge Optimum Websites Ltd

Pierre established Optimum Websites as a website design and web marketing consultancy company in 2001. His firm has a clear focus on helping owners and managers grow their business via the Internet.

Prior to this he worked as business consultant in the field of strategic planning, and business planning. He has also held management roles in both the private and government sectors.

He has been on the Board of the Sales and Marketing Executive Institute (SMEI), and a director of the New Zealand Institute of Management (NZIM) Central, having been voted onto the NZIM Board for two separate terms.

Daniel Fielding

Daniel Fielding Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

Daniel is a senior solicitor at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, based in the disputes resolution team, specialising in public law, general employment, immigration, government contracting, private and public sector governance, as well as law reform processes, lobbying strategy, and public policy advice.

Prior to joining Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, he worked in a number of public affairs and corporate communication roles including some time in the Office of the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon John Key. This has allowed Daniel to develop a unique set of skills that traverses legal, policy and political advice.

Daniel has considerable not-for-profit governance expertise. He is currently on the board of Child Fund New Zealand and involved with a number of trade associations and exporter groups.