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Often the first thing you need is a person to talk to - someone who is listening. The friendly Chamber team are here to help with anything you need.

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Arun Chaudhari

Arun Chaudhari


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

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Maura Young

Maura Young

Partnership Manager 

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.

M 021 284 0062

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Jessica Parker

Jessica Parker

Events Coordinator 

Jessica started at the Chamber in August 2016 in an administration capacity, but soon moved into her role as Events Coordinator.  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.

M 021 821 262


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Michelle Brennan

Michelle Brennan

BARA & Events Coordinator 

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!

M 021 710 950

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Rebecca Mende

Rebecca Mende

Membership Coordinator

Rebecca joined the Taranaki Chamber team as Membership Coordinator in January 2022. Her role is to provide information on the Chamber’s benefits and to ensure that all members have the support they need to utilise the range of services and opportunities available.  These services include networking, training, discounts, events, and marketing opportunities.  Rebecca can assist you in making the most out of your membership and help connect you and your business to what will assist you.

Rebecca comes to the Chamber with experience in both start-up and established businesses, research and business development projects, community programs and outreach. Her background has provided Rebecca with a broad range of business skills and knowledge, gained over many years of working in diversified industries with an emphasis on future growth for businesses.

Rebecca is looking forward to connecting with the local business community, building long-term business relationships, and providing support to members.

If you would like to know more about membership, feel free to contact Rebecca.

M 021 778 621

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Megan Lepper

Megan Lepper

YES Coordinator

Megan joined the team in January as the Regional Coordinator for the Young Enterprise Scheme. 

The objective of YES is to grow our region’s young entrepreneurs of the future and Megan’s role is to organise events; encourage and support schools who offer the programme; work with valued local sponsors and facilitate learning using a wide range of dedicated business experts from across Taranaki. 

Megan’s background is predominantly in Digital Marketing, Tourism and Project Management, and her previous role at Venture Taranaki has given her great exposure to the local business community. Megan has a lot of personal experience with the Young Enterprise programme; she mentored a team in 2018 and also took part in the programme whilst studying at New Plymouth Girls’ High School, with her team taking out regional and national top awards.

Her experience with the programme means that she is extremely passionate about getting as many Taranaki students to take part in the Enterprise Scheme as possible, as she knows how beneficial it is especially for those wanting a career in business and innovation.

Megan highly values the support of our local businesses that are involved in all aspects of this rewarding programme. If you would like to become a mentor for our YES students, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with her.

M 027 586 6558 

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Julia Collins

Julia Collins


Julia works alongside the Chamber team providing support in a variety of areas, from reception to membership and events.  A key aspect of Julia’s work is to ensure Chamber members are aware of the benefits and opportunities available to them through the Taranaki Chamber.   

If you contact the Chamber to book for an event such as the Network of Trades, or update your business contact details, chances are Julia will follow this through. Julia has a passion for the Taranaki community and enjoys seeing businesses connect and enhance the vibrant community she lives and works in. 

M 021 0228 8893

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Nickelle Egan

Nickelle Egan

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

New to the region, Nickelle was delighted to join the Taranaki Chamber team in July 2019 as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Nickelle looks forward to meeting and working with new and existing Taranaki Chamber Members whilst at the same time exploring Taranaki’s beautiful region. Nickelle is your go-to person for advertising in the Taranaki Business Review along with being your main point of contact for many other marketing opportunities. Please feel free to contact Nickelle for more information on how you can market your business through the Chamber.

M 021 821 164

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