Meet the team

Matt Cowley

MATT COWLEY

CHIEF EXECUTIVE

As CE, Matt spends his time meeting with Tauranga Chamber of Commerce members, leading the organisation, and advocating on behalf of local businesses.  He reports to the Chamber board, who are elected by the Chamber members.

Business growth and confidence is critical to the Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty economic future, and Matt is passionate about growing the Chamber’s contribution in this area.

Matt likes to meet with our members so he can keep track of their needs and promote issues that help local businesses to survive and thrive. He is also the main sponsor liaison.

Feel free to contact Matt to arrange a meeting to share your views and show him how the Chamber can help your business achieve its goals.

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ANNE PANKHURST

EVENTS & SPONSORSHIP MANAGER 

Anne is the Chamber’s Engagement Coordinator for LINKT (formerly Rocket! Young Professionals), SBT (Small Business Tauranga) and for Special Projects including the Westpac Tauranga Business Awards.

Anne has an extensive background in events management and advocacy, and has previously represented the Chamber on a number of external committees and networks such as Mainstreet and City Centre Action Group.

Anne is also the prime Chamber contact for the Annual Golf Tournament.

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LAURA BOUCHER

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Laura ensures we are communicating well with our members and the wider business community through our social media, eNews, website and more.

A journalist by trade, she knows a good story when she sees one and enjoys helping our members tell their stories

After working for newspapers and magazines for many years, she ‘switched sides’ to work in public relations, internal communications, marketing and advertising before joining the Chamber. 

Outside the office, Laura is heavily involved in performing arts, both on stage and behind the scenes.

Lani Wreaks

LANI WREAKS

MEMBER LIAISON

Lani is the Chamber’s Member Liaison – the go-to contact for member assistance

She is responsible for continually improving our member’s experience’s and identifying ways we can help support and champion our members. Lani also supports Anne in the delivery of our events programme.

 Lani has an exciting background in engagement and events. She has worked with many inspiring businesses across the public, private and non-profit sector.

 Lani is excited by the multifaceted structure of her role, and how it allows her to connect with local businesses; ensuring they have what they need to thrive.

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JASON STOCKDALE

RBP TEAM LEAD

Jason is the Regional Business Partner Team Lead at the Chamber in the Business Growth Team.

The Business Growth Team delivers a range of business support services to small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) who have the potential to grow in Tauranga and the wider Bay of Plenty. The services are funded by central Government through the Regional Business Partnership contract with the Chamber.

Jason assesses businesses to identify their needs for management capability training or coaching in order to support business growth. In addition, Jason links businesses to relevant local, national and global solutions, resources and information.

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ROZ IRWIN

BUSINESS GROWTH ADVISOR

Roz is the Business Support Advisor in the Chamber’s Business Growth Team, and your first point of contact if you ring our 0800 number (0800 249 482) for business enquiries and assistance.

If you have a business problem or are looking for ways to to grow your business, the Business Growth Team can help you in many ways by directing you to resources, expertise and assistance that are available to all small businesses in the region.

Roz is the person you need to speak to if you would like information on the Regional Business Partners Programme including meeting with a Business Advisor or how to become a service provider. If you’re new to business or new to town she can also arrange a free one-hour consultation for you.

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