Introducing the Board.

The Queenstown Chamber of Commerce is governed by a ten member Board of senior directors and industry leaders with extensive experience in local, national and global business. The Chamber is administered by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who is the members' contact point in the organisation and is contracted to provide members with the full range of Chamber services.

The Board is chaired by Craig Douglas and the deputy chair is Charlie Phillips.


Anna Mickell

Anna Mickell

CEO

Anna has extensive commercial, marketing and stakeholder relationship experience gained as an executive leader in both small and large businesses in New Zealand.

Currently she owns The Health Media, a company that provides news and education to the primary care community in New Zealand. She is a co-host of the annual Pharmacy Awards and a pharmacy business commentator.

As general manager of ProPharma (a division of the EBOS Group) she led a team providing wholesale, business support, brokerage and marketing services to the $1 billion dollar community pharmacy market nationally. 

Anna trained as a nurse in the 1980s, she met her partner Tim Dowson earlier in the same decade. She set up her first business in the early 1990s, the same decade her two sons came along (a period in her life she is glad is behind her)! She topped up her on-the-job business education with an MBA from AUT University, graduating in 2013. 

P 03 441 8254
E ceo@queenstownchamber.org.nz

Craig Douglas

Craig Douglas

CHAIRPERSON

After a lifetime of visiting the Wakatipu Craig made a permanent move to Arrowtown in 2010 and joined NZSki Ltd as General Manager Sales & Marketing. In 2017 he moved to Skyline as General Manager Marketing and then to his current role as Commercial Manager in May 2018.

Craig has an extensive background in sales and marketing through a range of industries and markets, developed through experience with major New Zealand companies such as DB Breweries and most recently Fisher & Paykel Appliances where he was Vice President of Sales & Marketing during their growth to becoming a global brand.  Craig was involved in the early years of Queenstown Winter Festival in his role as Sponsorship Manager for DB Breweries. 

Angela Spackman

Angela Spackman

DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON

Angela is a Director and Owner of Formatt Bespoke Joinery, a mid sized industrial manufacturing facility servicing both residential and commercial construction in the Wakatipu. 

She has been running businesses for the past 11 years, in Sydney and New Zealand. These have been in the Construction, Health and Wellbeing and Real Estate Marketing industries. Angela began her career as a Physiotherapist after graduating from Otago University. She also gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Massey University.  Angela is a current member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

 

Anthony King

Anthony King

Anthony King is an enthusiastic and experienced business person, having qualified as an accountant, been admitted to the bar as a lawyer, been owner/operator of New World Wakatipu for many years and more recently become the owner of PAK’nSAVE Queenstown.

Anthony is committed to Queenstown, the business community in Queenstown, and is keen to play his part in helping the district be a successful and amazing place to live, visit and do business in. Anthony was previously a board member of the Chamber of Commerce from 2008 until 2011. 

Rik Van Dijk

Rik Van Dijk

Rik is General Manager of MediaWorks Queenstown, Wanaka and Central Otago, operator of seven radio stations, billboard sites and digital platforms in the region. A passionate advocate of Queenstown and all it has to offer, Rik has a strong desire to see local businesses in the region succeed.

With over 20 years media experience, Rik was National Programme Director of RadioLIVE in Auckland prior to his move south. Rik moved to Queenstown six years ago with wife Kat who is GM of Jucy Southern Lakes.

rikvandijk@mediaworks.co.nz

 

Hayley Stevenson

Hayley Stevenson

Hayley Stevenson is owner operator of Housemart Queenstown Ltd offering long term residential Property Management services; she is based out of Frankton with her team of seven.

She has bought, sold and grown businesses from scratch won multiple awards in each of them. Hayley is a fourth generation Arrowtowner. Hamish, her husband has a local plumbing company and their son attends Arrowtown School. She is involved with many local community projects and is a big supporter of the local cancer society and Hospice.

E hayley@housemart.co.nz

Sam Nelson

Sam Nelson

Sam is a partner of national law firm Lane Neave and is the managing partner of Lane Neave’s Queenstown office.

Sam is a commercial law specialist and is an adviser to a range of Queenstown individuals, businesses and organisations.  He also acts as a trustee and director for a number of trusts and companies in both the commercial and charitable sectors, including acting as an Officer and Honorary solicitor for the Arrowtown Community and Sports Centre Incorporated. Sam moved to first moved to the region in 2010 and lives in Arrowtown with his wife and 3 children.

Johnathan Chen

Johnathan Chen

Johnathan Chen (co-opted) is the Business Strategy Director of Remarkables Park Limited / Porter Group Limited. 

Johnathan joined RPL/PGL officially in 2018, after being an external consultant for RPL/PGL over the previous 5 years on various business deals. He has had a strong track record in engineering, innovation and entrepreneurship, and extensive expertise in providing business advisory services to facilitate business and investment transactions between New Zealand and Asia.

Having dual professional qualifications and experience in engineering (Bachelor or Mechanical Engineering) and legal (registered Patent Attorney in New Zealand and Australia) disciplines, in addition to being literate and fluent in Mandarin, enabled Johnathan to assist in bridging the gap between the two cultures and business landscapes, as well as build a number of successful businesses in China, Taiwan and New Zealand. 

He has also facilitated numerous investment deals between New Zealand and Chinese interests on behalf of his clients in his previous consultant role, and now utilises his previous career networks in Australasia and Asia to form strategies and maximise opportunities for RPL and PGL.

E jc@porter.co.nz

Alastair Holland

Alastair Holland

I’m a Partner at Berry & Co Barristers and Solicitors in Queenstown.

The Queenstown Lakes District (as I’m sure we are all aware) is growing at a considerable pace. I believe that, in order to make the most of the opportunities such growth brings, the business community needs to keep agile and be able to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances. In order for the Chamber keep pace with that, I’m of the view that there should be a wide range of ages, industries and experiences at a Board level. Those of us who have recently moved here to make a go of it (and there are many of us) are just as invested in the success of the region and of the business community as a whole as those who have been established here for decades.

As a young business owner and recent Queenstown migrant, I feel I have a different perspective to offer the Chamber Board. I am very keen to share my personal and professional experience at a governance level in order to assist the Chamber with its endeavours in our unique business environment.

Jo Finnigan

Jo Finnigan

My good fortune in having stumbled into the hotel industry some 19 years ago having spent a decade in Commercial Real Estate has meant many layers of learning and experience in this dynamic and challenging sector. As with so many of our business community, I live and breathe our housing shortages, infrastructure shortfalls, and challenged immigration settings.  I see the immense effort that goes into the perpetuation of our town’s outstanding reputation as a place to live and to visit. 

With a workforce that is significantly younger than I am, and as a mother of two local teens, I am inspired and encouraged by the innovative and thought-provoking approach that our young people bring to our businesses.  I’m determined to find a way to ensure our community remains diverse, confident and stable in a way that enables our commercial enterprises to thrive as well as preserving the ‘Queenstown’ that we all fall in love with.   

Scott Donaldson

Scott Donaldson

Scott Donaldson is a Senior Associate at the law firm AWS Legal practising in the areas of property, commercial and relationship property law.

Scott is a relatively new arrival in Queenstown having moved here from Invercargill just over one year ago with his partner Christine.  Christine is a Senior Planner at Brown and Company.

Scott’s primary focus on the Board is to encourage central government to make the immigration rules better for Queenstown businesses. 

His activities outside the law include captaining the New Zealand Lawyers’ Cricket Team and walking his border terrier Winston.  He is also a member of Toastmaster Queenstown, Jacks Point Cricket Team and practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

E scott.donaldson@awslegal.com