The Wellington Chamber of Commerce Board is made up of the following people:
Frazer Allan - Victoria University of Wellington
Frazer Allan is Professor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) at Victoria University of Wellington. He is a 1988 Massey University veterinary science graduate. He has worked in private practice and had an extensive university career, as an academic clinician and latterly, in university management.
From 2004-9, he was Director of the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, during which time he gained a business qualification.
Prior to his appointment at Victoria in January 2015, Frazer was Head of the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences at Massey University (2009 – 2015). During his headship, innovative teaching programmes were introduced, capital redevelopment programmes were initiated and the Institute also became engaged in multimillion dollar international development programmes: activities which underpinned the veterinary programme's ranking as 15th best in the world.
Frazer was a director of the New Zealand Veterinary Association from 2006-2015, a period which saw significant improvements in this member-based organisation's governance and financial health. He chaired its Audit and Risk Committee from 2011.
A key aspect of his role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) at Victoria is to create deeper and sustainable linkages between the University and the business, government and community sectors in Wellington. He believes he could make a significant contribution to the Chamber by championing initiatives that better link these sectors with the broader education sector, which in turn, is integrally linked with the abundant opportunity to deliver more international students to the Wellington region.
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 – 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 – 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 – The Wellington Company
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 – 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 – 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.
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.
Christopher Gosling – Wellington Institute of Technology and Whitireia Community Polytechnic
Mr Chris Gosling is the Chief Executive of the Wellington Institute of Technology and Whitireia Community Polytechnic, a position he has held since May 2015. He was previously Deputy Chief Executive (Operations) at Whitireia for three years.
Chris worked in the Middle East setting up and operating a polytechnic in the Kingdom of Bahrain and prior to this was the Corporate Services Director at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. This role followed several years in finance and senior management roles in local government in New Zealand.
Whitireia and WelTec have the third largest combined Institute of Technology and Polytechnic (ITP) offerings in NZ with total students enrolments of over 15,000 per year. Both are highly successful institutions that have been in partnership since 2012.
Chris has been involved in implementing this strategic partnership, and now as Chief Executive is responsible for moving this alliance forward in a new era of tertiary education provision. Chris's strategic focus is to improve access to quality, professional and vocational education and training across the whole Wellington region and to promote Wellington as a hub of learning for international students. He has also led the institutions into a collaboration with Victoria University of Wellington and the Wellington business community to establish an ICT Graduate School for the region to be opened in 2016.
Chris is also leading a major campus development programme across both WelTec and Whitireia which includes a brand new inner city campus centred on the creative technologies and applied arts which will be open in 2018.
Chris is currently the Deputy Chair of New Zealand Institute of Technologies and Polytechnics and is a member of the Metro Group of ITPs.
A finance professional with extensive management experience, Chris is a Chartered Accountant with membership of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Jeremy Harding – Grow Wellington / Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA)
Jeremy Harding is the Economic Strategy Manager at the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency / Grow Wellington where he is on the Senior Management Team. He is responsible for advising on on the strategic framework required to lift the region's economic performance and the provision of research and data analysis.
He has a background with a number of business lobby groups and member organisations including Federated Farmers and the Chambers of Commerce. As such he has an excellent understanding of the challenges facing member organisations. During his time as an executive at the Wellington Chamber he was responsible for international relations, media management and policy development and was at the centre of things during the organisation's merger with the EMA.
Jeremy is an Economist by training and has spent time as a Ministerial Advisor in the Beehive on two separate occasions in the 1990s and 2000s, and as an economic and policy analyst at Treasury. His other business experience includes working in financial markets in the late eighties and owning a property management business.
As a sixth-generation Wellingtonian who has worked and travelled extensively overseas, Jeremy is passionate about the Wellington region and the capital city where he lives. He is married with three teenage children.