The Ignite Wānaka Chamber of Commerce board has appointed Andrew Howard as its new chair, replacing interim chair Bridget Legnavsky.
Howard is the People, Culture and Capability Manager at Mitre 10 Mega Wānaka and also the board chair of Wānaka Primary School.
Howard was elected to the board at the AGM last November along with fellow new board members Emma Kenny, Jo Learmonth and Bronwyn McCarthy. At that time Legnavsky stepped back into the chair role – as an interim measure – after Pete Eastwood resigned from the board.
Howard is a former owner of an outdoor equipment importing business and also worked for outdoor retailers Racers Edge and Mt Outdoors. In his current role at Mitre 10, he is responsible for human resources, health and safety and learning and development for the business.
“We have already done some great work as a Chamber in focusing our business plan and reviewing our strategic position and vision over the past few months,” Howard said.
“We will continue to deliver our key, successful events and programs but there are two new aspects to our plan. We have included a diversified economy as part of our strategy: the past year has shown us that diversified economies are successful economies. This is key to building resilience and future success in our district,” he said.
“We have also included ‘listening’ as a key part of our plan. We need to understand the issues, pressure and successes of our community to best serve all businesses in our district. While this has always been done it is even more important now.
“We have some very exciting events coming up this year and are looking forward to building on past success and reaching for an exciting future.”
Howard’s appointment took place at last week’s board meeting. The full board is now: Andrew Howard, Celia Crosbie (vice chair), Claire Dooney, Emma Kenny, Jo Learmonth, Bridget Legnavksy, John Metzger and Bronwyn McCarthy. QLDC Deputy Mayor Calum McLeod is ex-officio.
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