Introducing the Board.

The Queenstown Chamber of Commerce is governed by a 12 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 Angela Spackman.


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.

 

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.

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. 

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.

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.   

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.

 

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.

Scott Donaldson

Scott Donaldson

Scott Donaldson is a Senior Associate at the law firm AWS Legal practicing 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.

 

Alistair Snow

Alistair Snow

Alistair Snow (Co-opted) is the Location Manager for a multidisciplinary engineering consultancy, Harrison Grierson Ltd. He also is a representative executive of the Otago Chapter of the Property Council New Zealand and is the chair for the newly formed Wakatipu Transportation Management Association. He has been in senior management roles in infrastructure, construction and consulting sectors, working internationally and nationally for the past 15 years, as well as holding directorships on several small businesses, a private school (international) and has served on a school board of trustees.

Alistair grew up in the region and has been connected to this community for the most of his life. He is committed to continuing Queenstown business success in a sustainable way that provides a balanced approached to a thriving economy and a quality place to live and play.

Carlyn Topp

Carlyn Topp

Carlyn Topp (Co-opted) is General Manager of Highview Apartments, offering short term, self-contained visitor accommodation for over ten years, being in Queenstown itself for around 16 years.

Having exposure in the fields of Finance, Tourism, Real Estate, Design, Sales and Marketing gives Carlyn a broad range of experience to draw on for knowledge.

Also being involved in Management Rights Association of New Zealand, Hospitality NZ, Wakatipu Tourism Discussion Group and on the Destination Queenstown Strategic review board helps her passion for building business relationships and develops opportunities to create a district that is attractive to residents, visitors and businesses.

Carlyn believes in building a future for their two young children and enjoys coaching various sports and her work with Remarkable Kids (support network for parents of children with learning disabilities).  To accomplish her work life balance she enjoys exploring what our alpine playground has to offer.

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.