Wednesday, 22nd August, 2018

Chamber of Commerce CEO Leaves 10 year Legacy

The Queenstown Chamber of Commerce CEO, Ann Lockhart has confirmed that, after ten years in the pivotal role, she will step down before the end of the year.

The Queenstown Chamber of Commerce has seen ten years of strong growth and positive influence in the local business community under the dedicated leadership of Ann Lockhart.

“Ann has worked tirelessly for the Chamber members and has built a quality organisation that is respected by the many groups Ann has worked with over the years,” says Chamber Chair Craig Douglas.

“She has established herself as the ‘go to’ person in Queenstown for Government Ministers, state sector management and anyone wanting to understand how our special economy works.

“Her authenticity, integrity and ability to be even-handed in understanding and addressing the concerns and priorities for the Queenstown Lakes business community, will be hard to match.”

Ann steps down at a time when the Chamber of Commerce is a key player in the debates whirling around growth and management of Queenstown’s future.

“I have mixed emotions about leaving the role now, with so many important issues being debated by the community, but there was never going to be an easy time to leave,” says Ann. “After ten years, it feels like the right time to move on, spend more time with family, and our own business in the Cardrona Valley.

“I have had the best job in Queenstown and I am proud of what the Chamber has been able to accomplish for our members, but it is time for someone else to have a go.”

Over the last few years the Chamber has more than doubled in financial members and grown to run a myriad of events, including regular B after 5s, the annual Westpac Queenstown Business Awards, conferences and educational seminars.

While the search for the new CEO begins, Chamber members will continue to be well served by the dedicated team that Ann has built as the Chamber has grown and the services offered have been expanded.

“I’m looking forward to the new CEO picking up on some of the core projects we have been working on. While there are hot topics around the Queenstown Lakes business and visitor offering, there also remains much work to be done around the issues of worker availability and housing.”

Ann will step down at the end of November, after the Westpac Queenstown Business Awards and Annual General Meeting.

 

For more information please contact:

Craig Douglas

Queenstown Chamber of Commerce

Chairman

E: cg.douglas@xtra.co.nz

P: 021 594 125