Conor Quinn – Chairperson
Conor is the Managing Director of BizStar, a business development consultancy based in Papamoa. He is an innovative and forward focused thinker and brings that perspective to the Chair role. Conor aspires to add real value for each Chamber sponsor, member and their organisation while on the Board and beyond.
As Board Chairperson Conor’s overarching role is one of governance and leadership, collaborating with a high calibre Board team to provide foresight, oversight and insight for the Chamber on behalf of the membership. The Chamber is currently operationalising the strategic plan developed by the Board, fully supporting the Chief Executive in delivering a future focused business plan for organisational improvement as part of an added value offering for each and every member.
You may recognise Conor from the many Chamber events he attends as an active networker, with over a decade’s worth of Business After 5 events under his belt.
Leanne Elder – Vice Chair
Leanne is passionate about good governance with 8.5 years’ experience, predominantly chairing, in the Education sector.
Her 25-year healthcare career has seen her working in hospital leadership roles. Most recently she worked in Technology as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Counties Manukau Health. Leanne’s colleagues describe her as experienced in Technology and Risk, a relationship builder, problem solver and customer experience champion. She describes herself as naturally curious and a lifelong learner. She is active in the local community with governance and business mentoring roles with small and not for profits businesses.
Tom Beswick – Vice Chair
Tom is a Chartered Accountant and a Director of Ingham Mora, the largest independent accounting firm in Tauranga. He leads a team of five staff within the wider practice and spends a lot of time helping people buy businesses. Growing up in Tauranga and he moved back in 2016 and is excited to contribute to the region’s growth. Most of his clients are local SME’s so he has a firm grounding in the local business scene. He will contribute drive, strategic thinking and the benefit of 15 years accounting experience in NZ and abroad.
He is a Trustee and Secretary of the Bay of Plenty Education Trust, and Treasurer of Downtown Tauranga and the Bethlehem College Hockey Club. He is also an active part of a local business-networking group.
Glen Lindsay – Treasurer
Glen is a Chartered Accountant with both Public Practice and Commercial experience. He grew up in Tauranga, returning in 2015 having worked in Auckland followed by time in the UK.
An Associate at Young Read Woudberg Chartered Accountants, Glen is passionate about supporting clients’ financial needs whether for in-house accounting systems, compliance income tax issues or special project work. Glen enjoys metaphorically rolling up his sleeves and getting involved. Glen is totally invested in using his professional expertise to support a prosperous local business community
Annabel returned to the Bay of Plenty six years ago, and currently leads the Risk, Regulatory, and Stakeholder team at Trustpower. Annabel’s background has seen her successfully own and operate her own consultancy, taking on roles with a variety of infrastructure businesses from water and wastewater, oil and gas, ports, and telecommunications.
Her specialist practice areas include enterprise risk management, government relations, corporate social responsibility, stakeholder engagement, RMA practices, sustainability services, and non-financial audit. She is a passionate advocate for the Bay of Plenty, loves living at the Mount, and wants to contribute positively to the future of Tauranga.
With a good understanding of the issues facing businesses today, Anne has experience in the public and private sector. She spent six years at Comvita as Capability Development Manager. She has also run a successful deli/catering business in the Tauranga CBD with her husband Peter and currently manages the governance of Tauranga City Council’s council- controlled organisations.
Board Member for the Sustainable Business Network and former Trustee of Tourism Bay of Plenty, Anne is passionate about people and purpose. Graduating from the University of Waikato with an MBA with Distinction, Anne is advisory board member for Good Neighbour Trust and mentored at Tauranga Start-Up Weekend.
Fiona has been a co-owner and operator of Lysaght Consultants Ltd, a land development company based in Tauranga, for the last 24 years. She considers herself a charismatic, ambitious and engaging leader with a passion for driving change. She has a proven track record in creating and delivering out of the box strategies. This has helped her successfully take the company to incredible heights within the industry, and continue to thrive in a competitive market. Fiona is also an enthusiastic supporter of the community, and she regularly supports and values Chamber services. Governance is an area of interest, and in her mind, it all starts with the right people and strategy.
Since moving to Tauranga from Hawkes Bay 4 years ago, Gail has been an active member of the Chamber and her Tough Conversations workshops regularly feature on the Chamber’s training timetable.
She has been in business for 20 years and her expertise lies in helping business owners and leaders to build happier, healthier workplace cultures by reducing toxic behaviours and improving well-being. She believes that developing strong relationships and celebrating diversity is the key to creating a robust, connected and inclusive business community.
Gail has also been a member of Rotary, a Young Enterprise Scheme mentor and has run stress management and confidence building workshops for teen parents.
Dr Leon Fourie
Dr Leon Fourie is the Chief Executive of Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, the Bay of Plenty’s largest tertiary provider.
Leon has extensive experience in strategic stakeholder engagement, as well as leading the implementation of large-scale business transformation programmes globally.
Leon’s PhD is in the design and development of training programmes, he has a Masters in performance management and in 2015 received the Woolf Fisher Fellowship scholarship and completed Harvard University’s Senior Executive Educational Leadership programme.
Passionate about education opportunities for all learners, Leon sees significant value in collaborative partnerships that enrich our local communities. He also serves on various boards both locally and nationally.
Sam is a Partner at Holland Beckett Law. He and his family have strong ties to Tauranga business – some as business owners and others working with established organisations. Sam is enthusiastic about contributing to the success and development of businesses and the community that supports them.
Sam is a commercial lawyer with experience working for a wide range of businesses, large and small, in relation to local, national and international transactions. He has a keen interest in helping people and businesses with good ideas to grow.
Sam has an extensive background in business as both an owner operator and adviser. He is the Executive Director of Business Network International (BNI), NZs largest business networking organisation for small to medium businesses. He is also a business broker with Tabak Business Sales Tauranga.
He holds a MBA with Distinction from the University of Canterbury. His previous roles include Commercial Lending with Westpac, Hotel Managing Director and NZ Army Officer. He has lived in the Bay since escaping the Christchurch earthquakes and outside of work enjoys spending time with his young family, property investment, food, fitness and mountain biking. He is looking forward to making a positive contribution to business in the Bay.
Raised and educated in Tauranga, Tony returned to bring up his own family after gaining a variety of international corporate and project experience. With a mix of business and community interests including Managing Director of Tauranga based technology group Stratus Blue, he sees businesses in all forms and at different life cycle stages. He is passionate about small business, the life blood of New Zealand and Tauranga’s economy, and wants to see them survive, thrive, be recognized and celebrated. An active participant and supporter of Chamber events, Tony aims to have the Chamber as an accessible, relevant organization that provides value to its stakeholders.