WHAT WE DO
What does the Te Awamutu Business Chamber Do?
The Chamber runs a year round series of events, including networking and professional development opportunities. We also administer the Support Local Te Awamutu initiative and advocate for local business locally, regionally and nationally, providing support to help business thrive. Members can pick and choose from relevant support on offer to suit their individual business needs.
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|Support Local Te Awamutu|
Shane Walsh, Interim CEO
Shane Walsh is the Interim CEO of the Te Awamutu Business Chamber. Shane has had a successful coporate career spanning 40+ years both in New Zealand and overseas. He started his career working within the NZ Dairy Group and has held executive and senior management roles both nationally and internationally for the likes of Sanford Ltd and International Nutrition Company, Shanghai. He continued his own higher education and gained an MBA (with distinction) from Waikato University. Recently Shane, and his wife Paula (nee Williams), also of Te Awamutu, returned to their hometown and both are keen to make a positive contribution to the town and community.
Chair / Investment Adviser and NZX Adviser at Craigs Investment Partners
Maria Heslop is the Chair of the Te Awamutu Business Chamber and an investment adviser for Craigs Investment Partners servicing the Waikato with a large client base locally. She was born and bred in Te Awamutu and her husband and son both work for businesses here. Maria does a lot of work in the community through Craigs for numerous organisations in sport, environmental, art, charitable trusts, women’s organisations and more. She also serves on the board for Mathematics for a Lifetime Charitable Trust and is a Rotary member. Maria absolutely loves all things business and the Chamber is the essence of that. The Chamber is a strong, vibrant, growth orientated business hub where like-minded people network, learn and do business together and Maria loves being a part of making that happen and helping to govern its bright future.
Real Estate Specialist at LJ Hooker Te Awamutu
Mark Derbyshire is a Real Estate Salesperson at LJ Hooker. Brought up in Te Awamutu, Mark moved back ‘home’ to raise his own family with his wife Georgia, recognising Te Awamutu as a caring and supportive place to live with so much to offer. Mark has worked in mostly customer-facing roles for 20 years - in retail and trade - and also has been self-employed. He has a solid understanding and appreciation for small business and the support necessary for growth and success. Sitting on the Chamber board, Mark is keen to play an active role and be involved in our community.
Owner of Te Awamutu Space Centre, Operator of teawamutu.nz community website
Along with her husband Dave, Ange Holt owns and operates the Te Awamutu community website, teawamutu.nz and has provided this website for the community and visitors for over 15 years. They also the Te Awamutu Space Centre, while Ange has two other part time jobs – doing administration at First National Te Awamutu and as the Violence Free Waipa Te Awamutu Coordinator. Ange participates in a number of other community organisations. She has a background in sales, sponsorship, marketing and customer service and experience serving on previous boards/committees. As a Chamber board member Ange enjoys using her skills to assist with its growth and sustainability, and making a contribution to the success of Te Awamutu business.