Voice: Ever wanted to be a Tauranga Business Chamber Board member? Now’s your chance

Keep an eye out for August’s Chamber Voice e-newsletter, where we will call for nominations to join the Chamber Board.

The Board plays an important leadership role for the Tauranga Business Chamber. They are elected by Chamber members to govern the organisation, which has connected, supported and championed for local businesses since 1904.

Every two years, the seven Board seats are up for election. Any current financial member can be nominated to stand. If there are more nominations than seats available, an online election amongst members will be held ahead of the results being confirmed at the AGM on 28 September 2023.

The Board sets the Chamber’s overall strategy and direction, and employs the CEO to deliver its services.

The Chamber fulfils its mission to support and champion people in business by:

  • Running a range of different networking, training, celebratory, and leadership events;
  • Sharing insights, news, and tips through our growing communications channels;
  • Representing the independent voice of local businesses on a range of local and national issues; and
  • Supporting businesses to start, grow, innovate, and export.

The Chamber Board is representative of the local business community, and it typically has a mix of corporate executives and small business owners.

The Board has a two-year term, which gives staff consistent leadership to execute on the Board’s strategy. The Board can choose to co-opt people onto the Board for any particular skills or if a director resigns.

While the Board are voluntary roles, the requirements are minimal—typically meeting around 10 times per year—and they are covered by the Chamber’s Directors Indemnity insurance policy.

The Chamber is run by members, for members. We are an independent incorporated society, which relies on the engagement and support of local businesses. Less than 5% of our revenue comes from local councils.

We recently completed a four-year investment and change programme, so now is a good time to join the Board as we look to further advance our role as the independent champion for Western Bay businesses.

Learn more about the Chamber’s current Board members here, or contact CEO Matt Cowley for more information

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