Introducing the Board.

The Queenstown Chamber of Commerce is governed by an eleven member Board of senior directors and industry leaders with extensive experience in local, national and global business.

The Board is chaired by Richard Thomas.

The Queenstown Chamber of Commerce is governed by an elected nine person Board with an option to co-opt a further three Board members. Elected annually the Board represents a wide range of business experience. 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.


Ann Lockhart

Ann Lockhart

CEO

Ann worked in Queenstown's hospitality industry in her early career and joined the Chamber as CEO in 2008 after returning to live in the area with her family. During her hospitality days, Ann had the opportunity to live in some of New Zealand’s most outstanding national parks working for the Tourist Hotel Corporation and the Department of Conservation.

Prior to joining the chamber Ann held a number of senior management, marketing, sales and PR roles in the property, financial services and apparel industries working for companies including Reuters Financial Services, Brierley Property Group, Snowy Peak, Arthur Ellis and Pacific Brands. In most recent times, Ann worked in export roles which involved the marketing and sales of some of New Zealand’s most iconic brands.

Ann was educated in Dunedin and studied for her BA in Public Administration at Otago and Victoria Universities. Her wide experience in both the private and public sectors will benefit the role of Chief Executive of the Chamber.

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

Craig Douglas

Craig Douglas

After a lifetime of visiting the Wakatipu area Craig made a permanent move to live in Arrowtown in 2010.  Having been schooled in Dunedin he has a strong affinity with the area.  He 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 for those who can remember Kiwi Lager and Export Dry.  His current role as General Manager Sales & Marketing for NZSki Ltd ensures he is close to the key tourism markets and engaged with this important commercial channel on a daily basis.

Craig is passionate about the tourism industry as one of the few commercial areas where New Zealand has a global advantage.  Queenstown and the wider Wakatipu area is a vibrant community that offers huge potential for small and large businesses.  The concentration of natural riches and energetic innovative people provides an environment where the Chamber can make a real difference for those who wish to be actively involved.

Charlie Phillips

Charlie Phillips

DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON


Charlie is CEO of Queenstown Resort College – New Zealand’s premier Tourism & Hospitality Management College. Prior to this he spent 12 years in the Tourism Industry working his way up to General Manager of Europcar New Zealand. He moved to the education sector as he understood the ‘depth’ issues within the tourism workforce, and QRC helps address this. Having 3 young daughters Charlie understands the value of being part of a positive community and as a result is Chairman of the Kelvin Peninsula Community Association and Board member of Queenstown Chamber of Commerce.

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. He resigned from this board membership due to the time commitments of taking ownership of New World Wakatipu as well as having a second child.

Prior to the supermarket industry Anthony worked as a tax specialist, primarily at KPMG in Auckland and London. He relocated to Queenstown in 2005 to head the tax team at Ward Wilson Accountants in Queenstown and Southland, now part of the Crowe Horwarth Group.

Rik Van Dijk

Rik Van Dijk

Rik is General Manager of MediaWorks Queenstown, Wanaka and Central Otago, operator of eight radio stations 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 3 years ago with wife Kat who is GM of Jucy Southern Lakes.

Terri Anderson

Terri Anderson

Terri has 20 years of diverse strategic communication and engagement experience from around the globe.

Raised in Queenstown, she graduated top in Business Communication at AUT and headed to the UK where she worked in early web PR for the likes of The Times, and managed comms for large scale PPP projects for BT; disappearing to Europe, Japan and North America to snowboard in the winters. In 2006 she moved to Chile and became involved in consulting for a Chilean digital thinktank, editing a newspaper, and working in the government’s Start-Up Chile Project. Following the 2010 earthquakes in Chile her work took her to disaster and recovery communications which remained a focus upon her return to NZ.

Twenty years after first leaving, she came back to the mountains she calls home. Through Anderson Communications she keeps connected with her overseas clients, including a recent stint in a San Francisco biotech accelerator, and is keenly involved in supporting planning and innovation as the Wakatipu basin develops and diversifies.

Jim Moore

Jim Moore

Jim Moore currently holds the position of General Manager for the Novotel Queenstown Lakeside and has done so for the last 3 years, this is in conjunction with his 26 years of Hotel experience including 12 years as General Manager in New Zealand and two years in the UK market and travelling in Europe.

In Jim's roles over the years he has accumulated a number of awards in the Hotel Industry focusing on architecture and for performance of the Hotel. Other awards include:

  • Winners Best Hotel for Advantage Plus Guests 2006
  • Regional Winner of Accor’s Auckland Barista competition
  • Regional Winner of ARDENZ Receptionist of the year
  • 2005 Hospitality Standards Institute awards for Training by a workplace
  • Accommodation Provider category

Jim has also been involved with a number of organisations over the years including roles as:

  • Chairperson of New Zealand Hotel Council – Auckland
  • Board Member of the CBD advisory Board within Council
  • Deputy Chairman of Executive Board of Tourism Waikato.
  • Advisory Board of Polytechnic. University, Sir George Seymour College.
  • Research Development group at University of Waikato School of Business – hospitality

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 and is never happy standing still. She values team and culture, likes good systems and looks to create a calm work environment.

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.

In particular, Hayley has an interest in the local housing and accommodation issues as the Housemart team deal with this on a daily basis. Hayley has over 15 years’ experience in the local market.

Hayley is looking forward to working with the Chamber to assist in the delivery of quality education to local businesses and working to address some of Queenstown’s challenges.

Angela Spackman

Angela Spackman

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. Then following an early interest in Business she went on to gain a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Massey University.  Angela is a current member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Angela has moved to Queenstown with her Husband (and co-owner of Formatt Bespoke Joinery) and 2 children who attend Remarkables Primary School.

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.

Martin Hawes

Martin Hawes

Martin Hawes is a financial author, seminar presenter and an Authorised Financial Adviser. He has written 22 books, most of which have appeared on the Best-sellers list and several have sold well into five figures. The best known is on Family Trusts which was first published in 1995 and which has sold over 120 000 copies. As well as books on trusts, Martin has also written on Property Investment, Shares, Tax, Mortgages, Investment and Superannuation. His latest book is The New Zealand Investment Guide.

Martin frequently speaks at seminars on financial and business topics, and was presenter of Financial Secrets which screened nightly on Television One, and was one of the expert presenters on the TV One show “The School of Home Truths”. He speaks on such topics as business and finance, investment, property, planning retirement, succession and family trusts, farm succession, mortgages and debt, planning your financial future and wealth creation.

Michael Skeggs

Michael Skeggs

Michael is 35 years old, married to Kate and has two children Lydia & Toby. Michael has been based in Queenstown for over ten years and during this time has primarily been involved in Financial Services, Construction, Property Development and Viticulture. Michael is on is second term as a Board Member of the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce.


Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business with Credit from the University of Otago. Michael is passionate about business and thinks he can bring a youthful perspective to the board. Michael has the commercial acumen and business experience to help drive business within the Queenstown Lakes through the directives of the Chamber of Commerce.