||Amy Carter | Chair and Strategic Lead | Perception PR & Marketing
Amy was one of the founding Partners of Perception PR & Marketing. She has had over ten years leading and owning locally based SME’s that support clients (large and small) nationally, including a startup. Amy has built up a significant portfolio of business and government clients, NGOs and charities, across New Zealand. She has extensive networks in the South Island business community.
Amy and her husband have interests in two other Christchurch based businesses, New Zealand Skills in Demand and Brannigans. In late September Amy steps out of the day to day running of Perception and becomes the Chair. This move is to enable her to take up a new role as the Establishment Chief Executive of The Christchurch Foundation which she believes will be a game changer for the city.
In her governance career, Amy has served on local organisations boards over the last 20 years in both in a paid and voluntary. She has worked extensively with membership-based organisations such as The Chamber.
I am a corporate and commercial Lawyer and independent professional Director, having recently retired from a leading national law firm, and now providing General Counsel services to selected clients.
Having practised law for some 25 years, my areas of expertise include, corporate governance, business transactions, banking and finance, insolvency and restructuring, franchising, commercial law and commercial contracts.
My current positions include:
- Chamber Vice-President;
- Chamber Audit and Risk Committee Chair;
- NZ Chambers of Commerce Board member, representing Chamber South (Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury and Timaru);
- Business NZ Board member;
- Honorary Consul for Mexico (South Island); and
- Member Institute of Directors.
It is of particular interest and importance to me to assist, encourage and foster the business sector in Canterbury and the wider South Island as part of a “healthy” community and I am very proud of and committed to the Chamber and the role it plays in our community. I am married and have two daughters attending secondary school. My other interests include biking, golf, scuba diving, skiing, boating, and I have a passion for motor vehicles.
I believe I have the necessary experience, skills, passion and commitment to continue to provide tangible input, guidance and benefit to the Chamber, its Board, governance and its members.
||Benjamin Badger | Partner | KPMG
I am a Partner in KPMG’s Enterprise practice, specialising in providing advisory services to privately owned companies. I previously held senior roles in banking. I have also been involved in a number of family owned and privately held businesses so understand the risk and return faced by the Chamber’s members. After graduating from UC I have built a career supporting local, national and international businesses that call Christchurch home. I’m passionate about the economic and social growth of Canterbury and I’m excited about the future for those of us lucky enough to live and work here. Building future business leaders is something I’m passionate about. In 2007 I was a founding member of Canterbury Young Professionals, later facilitating the national roll out of the organisation. I’m also lucky enough to be the staff partner for KPMG’s three Canterbury offices.
I believe the Chamber is doing a great job supporting Canterbury businesses, especially navigating the many challenges and opportunities faced by the region over recent years. I’ve had the privilege of serving the Chamber board over the last two years, including as vice chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. I’m keen to continue to contribute to the Chamber and its members’ success by building upon these strong foundations. My generation is beginning to take over the reins in businesses here in Christchurch and needs to step up to fill the shoes of city leadership. Outside of work I’m married with a young family. I’m a keen sportsman including competitive cycling and love spending time on the peninsula.
||Carl Davidson | Director | Research First
Carl has been a member of the Chamber’s Board since 2015. He is the founder and a Director of Research First (one of New Zealand’s largest independent research companies). He is passionate about Christchurch and the future growth of the Canterbury Economy.
Carl is committed to promoting the need for smart, innovative, and evidence-based thinking in the rebuild of Christchurch, ensuring that the new city meets the needs of business and also to the development of the next generation of leaders who will drive the new city. Carl’s professional life has been spent at the interface of behavioural science and psychology. He has worked as a university lecturer (in sociology, then marketing), a social scientist in a Crown-funded research institute, a market researcher, and as a strategy consultant. This background means Carl brings a fresh perspective to the Chamber’s Board, and enables him to critically assess the Board’s thinking.
Carl regularly presents and writes about business strategy and the changing competitive landscape in New Zealand. He is the author of nine books about evidence-based learning. He is also a regular contributor to The Press, where he writes about ‘the social science of everyday phenomena’. Reflecting his standing in the New Zealand research community, between 2010 and 2012 Carl was made the Chief Commissioner of the Families Commission and tasked with turning it into a world-class centre for research on families. In 2013 he was also appointed to the Government’s Expert Advisory Group on Information Sharing for the Action Plan for Vulnerable Children.
||Erin Black | Senior Business Advisor | Beca
Erin is the Senior Business Development Advisor for the Southern Region at Beca; an employee-owned, multidisciplinary professional services consultancy. With over 3,000 staff across the Asia-Pacific, 330 of whom sit in Canterbury. Beca has been a key contributor to the Christchurch Rebuild, providing Erin with valuable insight and networks to local Council and the government entities overseeing the rebuild.
As the strategic advisor to Beca’s Southern Leadership Team, Erin is responsible for the formulation and execution of Beca’s commercial strategy in the region. Before joining Beca, she gained experience across the Aviation, Tourism and Tech Industries as Marketing Specialist at Airways New Zealand.
A double degree graduate, Erin holds Bachelors of Commerce (Management) and Arts (Psychology) from the Universities of Otago and Canterbury respectively.
Erin brings to the board a diverse, next generation perspective, expert analytical skills and the confidence to challenge the norm.
||Hugh Lindo | Partner | Simpson Grierson
Hugh has been a member of the Chamber Board for ten years and is currently President, assuming the role from Tony Sewell in 2016. As President, Hugh is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee, the Chamber Executive Committee as well as being the Board representative for Champion Canterbury Limited.
During the day Hugh is a corporate/commercial partner of national legal firm Simpson Grierson and heads the firms Christchurch office. He also holds a number of other governance appointments. Hugh's work at Simpson Grierson exposes him to the myriad of challenges that businesses face in this ever disruptive and challenging environment. He is a passionate advocate for the work of the Chamber and the role the Chamber can play in enabling business success for its members.
Having led the Board through the critical process of appointing Peter Townsend's replacement, Hugh is keen to play a role in ensuring that Leeann Watson is supported in her new role as CEO. It is an exciting time for the Chamber and Hugh is keen to continue to contribute to its governance, through an on-going role on the Board.
||Jenni Callaghan | Manager | Ernst Young
I am a Chartered Accountant and a Manager in the Private Client Services team at EY, working alongside privately owned Canterbury based businesses. The role involves providing professional expertise to enable businesses to operate efficiently, grow and evolve. My previous professional roles in business development and relationship management at multi-national companies including Hewlett Packard and Apple, has provided me the valuable experience in how business works both locally and abroad.
I have been on the Board of the Chamber for the last two years representing the next generation of business leaders. I continue to be driven, passionate and seek to provide a fresh perspective on the future strategy of the Chamber. In addition to being part of the audit and risk committee, I am also a Director of the Westpac Champion Business Awards. I have been actively supporting and attending professional events run by the Chamber and been fortunate to be able to meet so many leaders and doers doing great things in our city.
I am married with two young daughters and enjoy the balance between work and family. This gives me perspective and reinforces my passion to help drive the future success of Christchurch and the wider region.
||Peter Davie | Chief Executive | Lyttelton Port
Peter Davie is the Chief Executive of the Lyttelton Port Company, a role he has held for 13 years. Since his commencement, he has had a strong focus on relationships with customers and staff, and improving operating systems. He has been heavily involved in upgrading infrastructure and expanding container facilities. This has been critical since the 2011 and 2012 earthquakes, where his focus has been on developing and delivering a reinstatement and development strategy that meets existing and future needs of customers, stakeholders and the wider region.
Prior to this, Peter was involved in various port operations (including the first privatized port) in Australia as Chief Executive for seven years. Through these roles Peter has gained valuable insights into trends in international trade and port practices and developments.
Peter has a Master of Commerce (Honours) in International Marketing and Business Policy from Canterbury University. Peter is married with three teenage children.
Peter was co-opted on to the Employers’ Chamber Board in February 2004 and a President from November 2010 to October 2013. Peter is committed to the Employers’ Chamber as one way of ensuring that Canterbury’s prosperity grows for the good of all.
||Rod Carr | Vice-Chancellor | University of Canterbury
Prior to his appointment as Vice-Chancellor at the University of Canterbury in February 2009, Dr Rod Carr was Managing Director of Jade Software Corporation Ltd. Dr Carr joined Jade in July 2003 after a distinguished career in the banking sector, which included holding the position of Acting Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.
During a five-year career at the Reserve Bank he played a key management role as a Director and Deputy Governor, including five months as Acting Governor. Prior to this he was a Senior Executive at the National Australia Bank in Melbourne, Australia. Dr Carr holds a PhD in Insurance and Risk Management and an MA in Applied Economics and Managerial Science from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; an MBA in Money and Financial Markets from Columbia University, New York; and undergraduate honours degrees in law and in economics from the University of Otago. He is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management and is involved in several private and public companies as a director. He is presently a Trustee of the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust, a member of the Christchurch Arts Centre Trust Board and has been a Chamber Board member since 2007.
||Shaun Hubbard | Alliance Programme Director | AECOM NZ Ltd
Shaun has been a member of the Chamber Board since 2016. He is an inspirational leader within the infrastructure market locally and nationally, with the passion and the desire to use his skills to support the positive growth and development of Christchurch. Shaun has a deep understanding of business management, business risk and project delivery. He has a sound appreciation of business and project management covering health and safety, governance, risk management, process controls, scheduling and budget performance. With a demonstrated ability in developing high performing teams, and strategic thinking Shaun’s depth of commercial knowledge and ability to harness critical issues sets him apart as a leader with the ability to effect change.
Respected as a credible voice, Shaun has championed thought leadership forums in Christchurch to challenge the status quo and to create ideas and insights to help shape our city thinking.
Shaun began his career in Civil Engineering before becoming a Strategic Advisor on Infrastructure. He has worked with different cultures, organisations and across different continents (Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia) understanding different customs of workplaces.
Shaun has served on organisation and project boards. He is married with one son. In his spare time he is a keen skier, surfer and into endurance multi-sport events.
||Stephen Bateman | Business Consultant
Stephen Bateman is a Business Consultant and previous founder and Director of SB Global Logistics. Stephen recently sold his business to DB Schenker, a global leader in providing Integrated Logistics Services. Stephen is also founder and Director of JSP Logistics, a specialized freight forwarder offering logistics services to Japanese tourists and businesses with offices in Christchurch, Brisbane and Tokyo. Prior to founding S B Global, Stephen worked as Operations Manager for a Multi- National Freight Forwarder in Australia, venturing in to his own business in 1990.
Stephen is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a committee member of the Southern Region. In 2016 he received The Sir Bob Owens Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Logistics, Supply Chain Sector & Community. His experience in providing Canterbury Exporters and Importers with dependable links to world markets has been his key focus and building a business that is respected, trusted and that his people are proud to be part of.
Stephen has been a Chamber Board member and a member of the Audit and Risk committee for the past 5 years. Stephen enjoys a pragmatic approach to the challenges in front of our region and the needs of our business community, in particular the challenges our local businesses face with supply chain links to reach their global markets.
Stephen is married to Anita and has 2 daughters, Jessica and Stephanie. He is a keen and active sports person with interests in cycling, cricket and skiing.
||Stephen Collins | Chamber Life Member | Property Developer
Stephen entered the real estate business in 1968. He created Collins Real Estate in 1972, which he grew to be the biggest in its market before amalgamating with Harcourts in 1985. Stephen developed the technology, systems, training and education programs that grew Harcourts from 14 offices to its present position. Stephen is now retired from daily involvement.
Stephen has been honoured with a Fellowship of both the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand and New Zealand Institute of Management. A past member of the Governing National Council of the REINZ he also represented the Real Estate Institute as a director of Realestate.co.nz New Zealand's major Internet provider to the real estate industry. Stephen was further honoured by attaining Life Membership of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand.
Stephen is a past Board member of St Andrew's College and past Chairman of the St Andrew's Foundation, he is a Past President, Life Member, and presently sits on the board of the Chamber and has represented them on the Canterbury Metropolitan Urban Development Strategy Committee and the Environment Canterbury Area Committee. He is past President of the Business New Zealand Executive Board and its National Committee. Stephen is past Chairman of Lane Neave Solicitors, Vice Chairman of the Christchurch Heritage Trust, Council member of Ara Institute of Canterbury, a past Trustee of the University of Canterbury Foundation, and a past Board member of the NZ-US Council as well as a business mentor to a number of businesses and individuals. Stephen is also a private investor in technologies and a real estate investor.
Stephen continues to focus his energies on good outcomes in the context of the regeneration of Christchurch and is proud of being an early leader in the rebuild of the Central City with his highly regarded Deloitte House in Cambridge Terrace.