Meet our Board - Tauranga Chamber of Commerce

Meet our Board

Leanne Elder

LEANNE ELDER – 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.

Connor Quinn

CONOR QUINN – VICE CHAIR

Conor is the Managing Director of BizStar, a business development consultancy based in Papamoa that focuses on optimising strategy for sustainable business growth.

At BizStar he is an innovative and forward focused thinker and brings that perspective to the Board. Conor aspires to add real value for each and every Chamber sponsor, member and their organisation while on the Board and beyond.

In the vice chair role, Conor supports the Chair as part of the Executive Team, with a focus on working collaboratively with like-minded organisations and individuals for the betterment of the Chamber and the business community at large.

Another duty of Board Members is to represent the organisation at various events, so you may recognise Conor from the many Chamber events he attends as an active networker.

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SAM WILLIAMSON –
VICE CHAIR

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.

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TOM BESWICK – TREASURER

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Ben Cain

BEN CAIN

Ben is currently a Senior Associate in the litigation team at James & Wells, intellectual property lawyers and attorneys.

He has been with James & Wells since November 2009, when Ben completed a law degree at Te Piringa – Faculty of Law, University of Waikato. 

Prior to attending Te Piringa (2007-2009), Ben spent nine years in marketing roles for various household brands in the UK (1992-2000) and New Zealand (2000-2001), and more than five years in account management roles for branding agencies in Wellington and Auckland (2001-2007).

All combined, Ben has 28 years’ commercial experience.

Peter Williams

PETER WILLIAMS

Peter is the co-director and director of Veros Property Services.

He leads a team of exceptional property, project and development management experts at Veros.

His leadership skills and business acumen, alongside his ability to establish and execute a clear business vision, has positioned Veros as one of the leading boutique property, project and development management companies in New Zealand. 

As a business owner, Peter is part of the local business community and would welcome the opportunity to be part of the Chamber of Commerce leadership, to advocate for and champion the needs of local business.

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