Meet our Board - Tauranga Chamber of Commerce

Meet our Board

Connor Quinn

CONOR QUINN – CHAIR

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, engaging a high calibre Board team to provide foresight, oversight and insight for the Chamber on behalf of the membership.

Currently, we are fully focussed on supporting the Chief Executive and the Chamber team in delivering high value business services to our membership and the local business community in a collaborative effort to effectively navigate the many challenges posed by an ever-changing COVID-19 landscape.

You may recognise Conor from the many Chamber events he attends as an active networker, with more than a decade’s worth of Business After 5 events under his belt.

Leanne Elder

LEANNE ELDER – VICE CHAIR

Leanne has a diverse background: She has previously worked in healthcare and IT management, originally trained as a physiologist and also holds an MBA. 

She enjoys coaching and mentoring and working with a variety of people. Not only passionate about all things digital, she is also a great general manager with skills across a wide range of areas. She has a particular interest in risk and cybersecurity.

Whether creating rewriting constitutions, reviewing strategic documents, creating business cases or managing a project or a portfolio of work, she creates a fun and productive working environment and always delivers results.

She describes herself as naturally curious, driven and a lifelong learner. When she isn’t chasing a new adventure, she is active in the local community with governance and business mentoring.

COC--23

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 six staff within the wider practice and spends a lot of time helping people buy businesses.

Growing up in Tauranga, he moved back in 2016 and is excited to contribute to the region’s growth. Most of his clients are local SMEs 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. He is also an active part of a local business-networking group.

Glen Lindsay 600x 600 (1)

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

COC--35

ANNE BLAKEWAY

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.

COC--3

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.

Fiona McKenzie

FIONA MACKENZIE

Fiona was a co-owner and operator of Lysaght Consultants Ltd, a land development company based in Mount Maunganui, for the last 26 years.

Her last day as shareholder with Lysaght was in December 2019 and now she has a new venture, The Culture Co. 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 Lysaght to incredible heights within the industry. Fiona hopes to bring similar success to The Culture Co 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 and community events. Governance is an area of interest, and in her mind, it all starts with the right people and strategy.

COC--31

GAIL PAGE

Since moving to Tauranga from Hawke’s 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.

COC--33

TONY SNOW

Raised and schooled 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 current founder and CEO of Tauranga-based information technology group Stratus Blue, he sees organisations in all forms and at different life cycle stages.

He is passionate about small business, and wants to see SMB survive, thrive, be recognized and celebrated.

An active participant and supporter of Chamber activities, Tony aims to have the Chamber as an accessible, relevant organisation that provides value to its stakeholders.

COC--30

SAM TABAK

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.

COC--27

SAM WILLIAMSON

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.

Scroll to Top