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Arun was on the Board of the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce from April 2009 to April 2015 and Chair for four months thereafter.
Having a strong passion for the Chamber and business in Taranaki, he was a judge for the Business Excellence Awards from 2005 to 2014.
Arun’s background is the merchant navy, where he spent 20 years, including six years as a Captain on large oil tankers. He then worked in senior management roles in two ports in New Zealand. Arun holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Arun was appointed CEO in June 2017. He is committed to the Chamber delivering exceptional service to its members and partners, while working closely with the Chamber’s stakeholders. You can read more about Arun’s journey here
Maura is the Partnership Development Manager for the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce. She is responsible to grow and develop the partnership relationships in ways that best benefit the partners and provide added value to the Chamber’s members.
Maura is responsible for forum groups, in particular the Network of Trades which is presently seeing growth in South Taranaki. Another group she is passionate about is the Not-for-Profit sector and she wants to see long-term connections develop between business and this vitally important group.
An important aspect of Maura’s work relates to special projects that identify opportunities for the Chamber’s partners and members. Maura likes nothing better than connecting people and business with opportunities that benefit them and help them grow and develop.
Maura would love to hear from you, meet you and your team to see how she can maximize what the Chamber has to offer to best support your business.
Rebecca is committed to creating an environment within the Chamber network where businesses have the resources to forge valuable connections and collaborative relationships with their business associates.
As the Membership Development Manager, Rebecca works with each of our Members to ensure that their business utilises all the services and benefits offered by the Chamber, maximising opportunities for business success and growth. Rebecca provides new members with support and potential members with information on the extensive resources and business connections available through Chamber membership.
Rebecca facilitates the Chamber's Business Connections Evenings, which give members the chance to put a spotlight on their business, and works on developing other member forums such as Women in Business and Key Speaking events which provide great opportunities for members to connect.
Abbie has been with the Chamber since the end of February 2016. She’s your go-to person for any of your business issues. Abbie's role is to provide support to the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce's members and partners via providing support to the Partnership and the Membership Development Managers.
Abbie also deals with all of the communication within the Chamber whether it be internal or external. If she can’t help she’ll direct you to some-one who can. Always friendly, Abbie is happy to guide you in the right direction.
Michelle was appointed BARA Coordinator in November 2015 and then took on the additional role of Events Coordinator with Jessica Parker in February 2017. Her background is in Marketing and Sales – previously working for Fairfax Media and MediaWorks. She is an experienced organiser of events and promotions and her management skills assist with advocacy and communication. Michelle is passionate about helping local businesses and retailers.
Her dream is to have a vibrant CBD where the community comes to socialise, be entertained and of course – shop!
Jessica started at the Chamber in August 2016 in an administration capacity, but soon moved into her role as Events & Office Co-ordinator. Jessica brings to the Chamber extensive experience in events and marketing both internationally and locally and thoroughly enjoys the challenge of making an event happen and bringing people together. The highlights of our event calendar are the Top Shop and Business Excellence Awards.
She is passionate about local business and ensuring that the Chamber is actively promoting our members and encouraging business growth and relationships through various networking events and opportunities.
Jessica is also responsible for managing the Ricoh Room Digital Conference Suite which is located in Chamber House. This fantastic space is available to hire for meetings, training days and video conferencing and much more.
Co-ordinating the Chamber House office is another responsibility Jessica enjoys, ensuring that all aspects of the office are running smoothly and efficiently.
Since July of 2015 Miranda has been the regional coordinator for the Young Enterprise Scheme under the umbrella of the Chamber.
The objective of YES is to grow our region’s young entrepreneurs of the future and my role is to organise our events; encourage and support schools who offer the programme; work with our valued local sponsors and facilitate learning using a wide range of dedicated business experts from across Taranaki.
Miranda highly values the willingness of the business community to be involved in all aspects of this fabulous and rewarding programme.