Friday, 29th May, 2020

The Queenstown Chamber of Commerce has been particularly active in recent months as the response to COVID-19 has shaken the Queenstown economy.  As we are observing with other businesses, the Chamber must also make changes to ensure it remains viable and effective during the recovery and for the long term.
The Chamber Board and executive have received a recommendation from our CEO, Anna Mickell, that her role be disestablished and two key roles, membership and event management are combined into one. The board have sadly accepted this recommendation and commenced this restructure to futher reduce our operational overheads.  
During her 18-month tenure, Anna has overseen great change and has made a valuable contribution to many key issues facing Queenstown businesses. Under her leadership, the Chamber’s membership has grown to its highest level ever, reflecting the business community’s desire to connect, interact and succeed.  

While COVID-19’s impact has been keenly felt by all in Queenstown’s business community, The Chamber’s role as the trusted and respected voice for the local business community has never been more relevant.  The Chamber’s revised structure will continue to focus on membership services and events and will be lead by a new part time General Manager role.  
The Board has resolved that while remaining as Chairman, I will assume the General Manager role on an interim basis while the recovery begins and more certainty is revealed about the likely time span involved.

It’s crucial the Chamber continues its advocacy for its members both locally and nationally.  While we have a long road ahead of us, our business community is made up of imaginative, entrepreneurial, resilient and positive leaders and the Queenstown Chamber will continue to support them and see our region prosper again.
The Chamber also wishes to welcome Fiona Reeve to the part time role of Events and Membership Manager, stepping in for long-standing Chamber staff member Catherine Fallon, who goes on maternity leave at the end of June.  Fiona Reeve has significant experience as a sponsorship and events manager in Australia and Wellington. 
I and the Board thank Anna for her great work for the Chamber and wish her all the best with her future endeavors.  Anna will continue to live locally and work remotely for her business interests.  The Board is extremely grateful for Anna’s gracious offer of her services to the Board in an advisory capacity, as we transition in the coming months.
Anna’s last day will be June 30th.  

Craig Douglas
Queenstown Chamber of Commerce