The Wellington Chamber of Commerce Board is made up of the following people:
Vaughan Renner - Director
Karen Cooper - Director and Coach
A scientist-turned-strategist, Dr Karen Cooper's public/private sector career spans more than 40 years in the fields of business, governance, management consultancy, organisational management, regional development, science management, and scientific research. Her sector specialties include the Primary Industries (Horticulture, Wine and Food), Science, Education, Health, SME'S and Not-for-Profit.
Karen holds current directorships of Business Central Inc, Wellington Employers Chamber of Commerce Ltd and has previously been a Director or Trustee of the Virtual Group New Zealand Ltd, the New Zealand Institute of Management (Central), as well as several SMEs and Not-for-Profits.
A former CEO of Vision 2020 (Hawkes Bay Regional Economic Development), Karen has also led strategic regional development initiatives. In the adult education sector, she has carried out multiple assignments for the New Zealand public sector and international organisations, regularly undertaking project reviews and evaluations.
Karen owns a consultancy specialising in strategic development and works closely with Not-for-Profit organisations, SMEs and Māori trusts on governance capability, systems and training as well as strategy and risk management. She is a member of the Institute of Directors.
Karen holds PhD, MBA and BSc Hons qualifications and is an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit (ONZM) awarded for services to science. She has also been recognised by several industry sectors for her contributions to science, research and management.
Brent Callaghan – Area Manager, Business Banking, 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.
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. 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.
Karun Shenoy - Angel HQ and English Language Partners
Karun’s professional career has largely been in the Information Technology industry in New Zealand but also includes stints in the IT sectors in Singapore and India. This has included roles spanning management of major $100 million-plus technology programmes and leadership roles in software companies through to founding a tech start-up. He has operated his Wellington-based IT consulting company for over twenty years, providing programme and project management services as well as business transformation consultancy.
Karun is currently on the board of Angel HQ (whose members invest in early stage companies) and English Language Partners (NZ’s largest NGO working with former refugees and migrants as an accredited training establishment). He has mentored startups, small businesses, and new migrants.
Karun has a Bachelor’s degree in Technology and a Master’s in Business Administration. He is a member of the Institute of Directors, and a chartered member of IT Professionals NZ.
Karun emigrated to Wellington thirty years ago – and says he has found it exhilarating to have experienced the city’s transformation into the world’s most liveable city. He is passionate about helping to generate sustainable growth so that Wellington’s vibrancy is underpinned by a strong economic, export and employment foundation.
Jo Healey - Global Technology Services Lead for IBM New Zealand
Jo is a proven senior people and business leader with extensive experience in a breadth of industry sectors. Known for results achieved, team cultures shaped and extensive network held across NZ business and the IT industry. She has been described as a passionate “create and shape” person possessing high levels of energy and confidence.
Currently leading Global Technology Services for IBM New Zealand, and previously as Chief Executive for Dimension Data and for Fujitsu, and in prior roles, Jo has led teams and organisations to deliver great experiences for clients and their customers. Jo ia on the Ministerial New Zealand CyberSkills Taskforce, and has previously been on the Board of NZTech. She is an engaged mentor and coach, a strong supporter for diversity and for the growth of Women in the tech sector, and in business.
Adele Rose - 3R Group Ltd
Adele is the Chief Executive of 3R Group Ltd with over 12-years management experience and nine years directly related to the development of waste solutions for environmental and economic benefit across a range of industries.
- Ministry For The Environment National Resource Recovery Project Taskforce
- Sustainable Business Council’s Council Member & Member Of The Zero Carbon Climate Action Group
- Sustainable Business Council, Chair Of The Waste Minimisation Workshops (Resource Efficiency In The Value Chain Stream) And Member Of The Waste Governance Group
- Sustainable Business Network’s Hawke’s Bay Business Connector
- Session Chair Of The Waste Electronic And Electrical Equipment Workshop (2014) And The Product Stewardship Workshop (2014) For The Wasteminz Industry Conference
- Hawke’s Bay Chamber Of Commerce Past Board Member (Vice President)
Claire Pedley - CB Norwood
As General Manager – Business Capability at CB Norwood, Claire leads a diverse portfolio of functions including Organisational Development, Human Resources, Health & Safety and Information Services. Claire brings commitment, enthusiasm and positive energy to both her professional and personal life. She has a strong drive to challenge herself and push beyond her comfort zone, with a willingness to seek out new opportunities to continually develop both personally and professionally, thriving in an environment where she is challenged to grow.