Introducing the Board

The Queenstown Chamber of Commerce is governed by a 10 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.


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 Whakatipu. 

Angela has been running businesses for the past 14 years, in Sydney and New Zealand. These have been in the Construction, Health and Wellbeing and Real Estate Marketing industries. 

Angela is passionate about the contribution SME’s make to the fabric of communities and is inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of Queenstown.  She is really proud of the advocacy work that the Chamber does on behalf of the business community, while also recognizing the important role it plays in connecting people and businesses within the Whakatipu.

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 and serves as a Trustee on the Board of the Winter Games NZ.

Scott Donaldson

Scott Donaldson

Scott Donaldson is a Senior Associate at the law firm Mactodd Lawyers, 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.

 

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. 

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.   

Johnathan Chen

Johnathan Chen

Johnathan Chen (Co-opted) is the Business Strategy Director of Remarkables Park Limited / Porter Group Limited and the Director of Research & Innovation Queenstown Ltd. 

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 qualifications and experience in engineering (Bachelor or Mechanical Engineering) and legal (registered Patent Attorney in New Zealand and Australia) professions, in addition to being literate and fluent in Mandarin, enabled Johnathan to bring a multi-disciplinary approach to projects and businesses. As a result he has built a number of successful business ventures both in New Zealand and in Asia.

Johnathan is currently driving the Research & Innovation Queenstown project, which is one of the key steps towards the diversification of the Queenstown economy. He is passionate about engaging with the Queenstown business community on synergies and value that this project can create for the region.

 

Karen Iremonger

Karen Iremonger

I am a passionate supporter of the local business community, with more than a decade of experience working with a wide range of local businesses, as well as a background in international business.

My role as Client Relationship Manager with Focus Technology Group has involved establishing relationships with a large number of local businesses of all sizes in the Lakes District area. I have also worked in a range of roles with IBM, in Australia and New Zealand. 

My strengths are in relationship management and clear communication. My values are honesty, transparency, positivity. I am motivated by a strong sense of doing what is right, both in the work I am doing and for the people around me.

Outside of work I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunty, friend, and a passionate trail runner. 

To contribute to our local community, I am an Arrowtown Scout Leader. Scouting is an awesome way of engaging the youth in our area, introducing them to the outdoors and sharing new skills.

As a local technology leader, I believe my experience in enterprise transformation will underpin some of the vital skills we need for our future, as our community adapts to the challenges ahead.

Hamish Walker

Hamish Walker

I’m Hamish Walker and I’m a very passionate advocate for the business community.

I am standing for the Chamber Board because I love Queenstown, and a healthy community is only possible with a thriving business community. I see the Chamber as an important organisation which helps businesses thrive by ensuring businesses are represented loud and clear.

Over the past three years I have been the Member of Parliament for Clutha-Southland and I have worked hard advocating for many different causes for the business community. Over the past few months, I have been working towards bringing a major sporting event to Queenstown in 2021.This would bring significant benefits to our businesses.  

I have excellent networks and relationships within Local and Central Government, and key stakeholder groups.   

I previously served the community for a number of years in many roles including a board director on the Otago Rugby Union and member of the Otago/Southland Lotteries Committee.  

I have been a successful business owner and have worked in the banking, accounting and real estate industry. 

I have a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting.

Matt Wong

Matt Wong

Matt is owner of iFLY Indoor Skydiving NZ LTD and has held senior roles for Queenstown tourism, aviation & travel operations over the past 20 years. He brings in-depth experience and knowledge of operating successful tourism businesses, positively advocating and influencing in the sector.

Matt launched iFLY Queenstown 3 years ago, which is now a current finalist in the 2021 New Zealand Tourism Awards for ‘Tourism Excellence’ and ‘Employer of Choice’. The business has also been named finalist for ‘Excellence in Service Delivery’ and ‘People’s Choice’ in the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

Matt is a NZ Business Mentor helping start-ups, small businesses, and social enterprises to launch and grow. He currently serves the community on several steering groups including Accessible & Inclusive Tourism in Asia-Pacific, Southern Wellbeing Trust, Tourism Operator Responders Queenstown, and is a member of the QLDC Economic Development Te Kakau Leadership Project.

After 20 years of establishing a career, business and family in Queenstown, Matt is excited to roll up his sleeves and support business vitality, local economy, community, and the quality of the place we live for future generations.

Melissa Jenner

Melissa Jenner

Melissa Jenner is the Founder of START Now and has over 25 years’ business experience in general management and strategy and marketing, gained from working in some of the world’s largest corporations.

Her career spans the following achievements:

- Account Director, Saatchi & Saatchi, Wellington

- Vice-President Marketing, Microsoft EMEA, London

- Global Vice-President Marketing & Communications, Cantor Fitzgerald, New York

Sadly, Cantor Fitzgerald (based in the World Trade Centre) were tragically impacted by 9/11. Melissa helped the organisation through disaster recovery for 6 months, before returning to New Zealand.

- Marketing Director, NZX, Wellington

- COO Trading, Barclays Wealth, London

- Director, Better by Design NZTE, Auckland

START Now specialises in innovation and design thinking and she has worked with a range of mid-sized companies to develop innovation strategies. She also established the first design-led human consulting service, helping 1000’s of New Zealanders to pivot and change careers.

Melissa is a Leadership Coach on AUT’s Brightside programme, a Human Innovation advisor on the Tech Futures Lab Masters programme, and a Consultant with Leadership Lab. She is also a qualified Lifeline Counsellor. She is certified in Design Thinking from Stanford University in California and Leadership from Columbia in New York.

Melissa relocated to Queenstown in 2020, and now lives in Arthurs Point.

Wendy van Lieshout

Wendy van Lieshout

Wendy is the CEO of Active Adventures, NZ’s largest and most globally diverse adventure travel company, operating in NZ, North & South America, Europe the Himalayas, and Africa. She looks after a team of 40 staff based in Queenstown and Montana (USA), and over 100 guides.

With 20 years’ senior executive and governance experience in inbound and outbound tourism, Wendy excels at strategic business planning and growth, bringing an entrepreneurial edge to the businesses she leads. She is a graduate of the University of Canterbury and Otago University’s Executive Education programme, is Vice Chair of the board of the Tourism Export Council New Zealand and was previously a board member of the Travel Agents Association of New Zealand.  She’s also a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

“As a newcomer to Queenstown (2019), I bring a fresh set of eyes and a global lens to the business community. We are surrounded by so much talent, I would love to work with the Chamber to continue to harness that talent to drive positive outcomes for our region, particularly on the back of the challenges many of us are facing as a result of COVID-19.”

Ruth Stokes

Ruth Stokes

CEO

Ruth is Chief Executive at the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce, having held many senior roles in consulting, the public sector, infrastructure, and banking. 

She thrives on working in partnership with people to realise their aspirations, and she excels in the area of service delivery review and re-design, enabling governors, executives and staff to make intelligent, informed decisions.  Ruth has designed and led substantial change management programmes responding to required governance and operational improvements.  These have included benchmarking and establishing performance frameworks and reporting.

Ruth is married to Antony, has five children (with one still at home and attending Wakatipu High School) and has lived in the Wakatipu for the past nine years.  She enjoys hiking and skiing, but misses living near a beach with warm water.