The Board

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

Vaughan Renner

Vaughan Renner - Director

Vaughan has had an executive career spanning twenty years that has included senior leadership and general management positions.

He is a board member of The Standards Council of New Zealand, Weltec (Wellington Institute of Technology), Cairns Group Ltd., Business Central and BusinessNZ. Vaughan is chair of the Risk and Audit Committees at Weltec and Business Central.He is a member of the Institute of Directors and has previously served on a number of other Boards and Government advisory panels.

From 1998-2004 he was the CEO of South Pacific Tyres, New Zealand's largest tyre company, with 1,200 employees and sales approaching $200 million per annum. Previously he held general management roles in engineering, IT and sales and marketing. Prior to becoming CEO he held a strategic development position with SPT Australia, based in Melbourne.

He holds an MBA from Massey University, and a BE Hons (Chemical) and a BSc (Chemistry) from the University of Canterbury.

Jo Healey - Wellington Chamber of Commerce President

Jo is currently Intergen General Manager, having previously been Sales NZ Global Technology Services for IBM New Zealand and Chief Executive for Dimension Data and for Fujitsu. She has worked in a range of leadership roles both in NZ and overseas and is driven by providing great experiences for clients and their customers.

As Director of Business Central, EMAC, and the President of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Jo is an engaged mentor and coach. She is also a strong supporter for the growth of Women in Tech and has previously been engaged on the Ministerial New Zealand CyberSkills Taskforce, and a Board Member for NZTech.

Katy Ellis

Katy comes from a customer -focused career in the retail and hospitality sectors in the UK and Wellington.

Katy’s current role is General Manager New Zealand of Mojo Coffee, based in Wellington.  She has overall responsibility for profitability in New Zealand and reports to the Group CEO overseas.  Her role oversees strategic planning and business development, operations, finance, marketing.  Since Mojo’s expansion into the USA her role also encompasses liaison and support for their international operations.

Since 2014 Katy has been a member of the Board of Scots College, Wellington and has been Chair of the Development Committee as well as a member of the Governance and Strategy Committee.  In 2019 Katy was appointed to the Board of Business Central, Wellington, which provides professional services and business support for member organisations throughout the central region.

In her spare time Katy enjoys working out at the gym, hanging out with her teenage kids when we they allow and enjoying the odd glass of Chardonnay.

Sophie Braggins

Sophie comes from a strategic business and people background, with experience in human resource management in the United Arab Emirates, culture and organisational change in Auckland, and various business strategy and professional services roles in Taranaki.

She has held a number of senior governance roles as Chair of the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the CEO Forum, Taranaki Women’s Refuge and is involved with a number of regional social and economic initiatives.

Sophie's current role is CEO of the largest specialist law firm in Taranaki, Govett Quilliam.  She has a focus on the strategic vision and capability of the firm and is responsible for the implementation of future-focused strategies. She is a strong advocate for inspiring positive change.

Outside of the working world she likes to travel with her husband and two children, and enjoys the disciplines of ocean swimming and running.

Mahi Tangaere NZeducateme

Mahi Tangaere has worked in diverse roles including Foreshore and Seabed negotiations, and in the education and immigration sectors for over 15 years.  She is currently a solicitor at Cottrell Law where she has worked since 2010.

Mahi’s variety of administrative roles has provided her with a unique insight into New Zealand’s regulatory frameworks and educational landscape.

Mahi has her own business - NZeducateme.  The company provides placements services for people wishing to study in New Zealand and has developed bespoke courses to help migrants integrate and develop skill sets which are relevant in the New Zealand environment.

Mahi’s focus emphasises that the core value systems of Maori and most Asian countries are similar or complimentary. This enables the development of business relationships for long term mutual benefit.

Mahi is a member and current Convenor of the Wellington Immigration and Refugee Law Committee. She has been on the Executive Committee of the ASEAN New Zealand Business Council for the last three years and is their current Vietnam Chapter Chair. She is also a member of the New Zealand Association of Immigration Professionals.

Mahi is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and enjoys a game of hockey.

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.

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.

Governance Experience

  • 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)