TE KARAKA FOUNDATION - Chief Executive

Grace is currently Chief Executive of Te Karaka Foundation, a Trustee of Taranaki Retreat Trust and runs her own consulting business helping businesses transform and scale.

She has I advanced her career from Design and Sales Manager in Australia to Chief Executive Officer in New Zealand and Regional Director in Europe working for large global listed businesses and smaller privately-owned businesses. Her focus over her career has spanned a variety of sectors from construction to manufacturing, retail, import and export, property development and recently a move into the not-for-profit sector.

I have always had a desire to engage in something bigger than myself that has a real social impact where I can see positive change for future generations and I feel very privileged to become part of Te Karaka Foundation and to lead such an inspiring team of people. We are the only charity in the Taranaki region set up to encourage generosity that will benefit our local community now and generations to come. I see Te Karaka being the catalyst of the whole community in helping people in need now and in the future and making the entire region a wonderful and prosperous place to live for everyone.

My expertise in leading successful businesses together with a great passion and understanding of the needs of the Taranaki community align perfectly with the spirit of the Chamber. I believe the Chamber is doing a great job supporting Taranaki businesses, especially navigating the many challenges and opportunities faced by the region over recent years and I look forward to working with a great team of Board Members and excellent Chamber staff to support our business community.

I am proud to call Taranaki home, having moved here with my family several years ago and I look forward to serving and supporting a thriving business community in my work with the Chamber.