Connecting business leaders in Christchurch and Canterbury

Executive Team

President

Katie Foote

Katie is an Associate Director at Graham Consulting managing the Christchurch office whilst also specialising in South Island based Management & Executive level positions placing a significant number of candidates in sales, branch, operations and general management appointments.

Vice-President

Dean Percy

 Dean Percy is the Managing Director of The Mark Creative Agency.

Having held key marketing and management roles within retail, construction and energy industries over the past 20 years, Dean possesses a wealth of insight and practical experience. Dean’s ability to understand, engage and inspire others, brings success to client relationships and outcomes.
Dean is one of those rare individuals who is a calm and considered thinker who thrives on the fast paced nature of the industry while keeping his eye on real world solutions that fit the needs of both the client and the marketplace.

Immediate Past President

Nigel Babbage

Nigel Babbage is a local, passionate businessman with many varied business interests.  Graduating with a BCom BSc (Hons) at the University of Otago he spent 30 years in international finance with stints in Melbourne, London and New York.  In 2006 he returned home from abroad.

From managing a Christchurch investment company, Mōhua Investments Ltd, to running a local storage unit business, Westpark Self Storage, Nigel is a busy man.  He is also an independent Director on the Board of the New Zealand Stock Exchange.

Nigel is an ardent conservationist and conversationalist who lives on the Port Hills with two adult sons, a dog and two cats.

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Secretary & Digital Communications Officer

Michelle MacWilliam

A specialist in the areas of developing business relationships, particularly in the local domestic market and between New Zealand and China, she is experienced in strategic planning, executing events and projects and in building long term relationships across cultures via her business Duo Communication Ltd.

Michelle also works alongside SME business owners under the brands Retail Selling & Michelle Mac in the areas of business process re-engineering & crisis management whilst ensuring that focus is retained on sales and marketing so as to ensure desired outcomes are obtained.

In 2014 was a finalist in the North Canterbury Business awards, professional section and was a national category finalist for local and regional/influencer in the New Zealand Women of Influence awards.

Michelle is currently the South Island executive committee member for the New Zealand China Trade Association. Chair of the Christchurch China Sister Cities Committee and  several other China-related committees based in Christchurch and serves on the board of governance for one of the Christchurch Women’s’ Refuge centres.

Treasurer

Colin Ross

Colin has significant banking expertise, market knowledge and connectivity gained over 38 years working for ANZ and HSBC in Wellington and Christchurch.

Senior Global Relationship Manager at HSBC for the last 20+ years, my responsibilities covered the management of a vast portfolio of import/export middle market and large corporate customers in the South Island across a diverse range of industries. Facilitating working capital, trade finance, foreign exchange and transaction banking.

He is passionate about helping and supporting NZ businesses to grow and succeed. He is excited to now transfer his banking skills to help and ensure businesses receive the most beneficial solutions and finance needed from its bank to grow, while saving managements teams productive time by preparing and negotiating with banks on the company’s behalf.

Reviewing and assessing financials to prepare new funding applications, annual reviews or debt consolidations to the bank will help businesses as a client and the banks as the funder to save time, money and make the process easier.

 Independent, expert, affordable banking advocacy working for the client to deliver across-the-board banking expertise.

 

Committee Member

Mark Phillips

Mark is director of Nikau Capital Ltd involved in financial services, and director of Pounamu Productions in film production and BTL Global, a property development company. His prior business experience includes an associate directorship at Bears Stearns in Singapore and Head of Fixed Income, National Australia Bank, London.

Committee Member

Warren Head

 

Warren is Managing Director of Head Consultants Ltd, providing services in business development, capital raising, financial public relations for listed and private equity businesses, media relations, and government relations.

He is also Chairman and Executive Director of MG Publications, a business media publisher in commercial and legal data, shipping & trade, investment, and current affairs. He is an award-winning financial writer and commentator.

Warren is a past president of the  Christchurch Business Club and past secretary providing a depth of knowledge to the club’s history for the executive committee.

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Committee Member

Glen Rutherford

Glen Rutherford’s background includes a unique mix of multi-national business leadership, operational leadership and education experiences. His purpose is to develop others and he brings this passion to support small and medium business leaders to be the best they can be and help them create successful organisations.

After graduating at University of Canterbury he started his professional life as a High School teacher of maths and science, then branched out as an Agronomist, Sales Manager, before moving to the Human Resources function. Recently, he served more than 12 years as Asia Pacific Human Resources Director for Dow AgroSciences; a multinational with $1.2B sales and 1000 employees. He now heads Discover New Pathways, which provides a complete HR service for business owners including executive coaching. He chairs a TEC (The Executive Connection) group of CEO’s and business owners and mentors and coaches many business owners with NZ Business Mentors.

He is married to Helen and lives in Merivale. He loves spending time with his family and grandchildren. He enjoys the outdoor activities that Canterbury provides, as well as the many theatre and social opportunities.

Committee Member

Peter Macdonald

“I completed my law degree at Canterbury University and my background in Human Resource Management and, over the last 25 years in all facets of employment law. My clients are mainly employers and I have represented a number of large companies in all aspects of employment law over many years. In addition, I have served as a government appointed Statutory Manager in 10 schools including Wakatipu High School.

 I am now working towards finding more time to also pursue some personal interests including fishing, long hill walks, e biking, casual bowls and, of course, grandchildren!”

 

Committee Member

Lynn Bray 

Information forthcoming

 

Committee Member

Natasha Lamont

Natasha Lamont is the Christchurch based South Island Business Development Executive for Western Union Business Solutions.

Southland born and breed, Natasha started her journey with FX markets joining Travelex in 2009 and has been with Western Union for nearly two years .

Natasha also is a member of the Canterbury Club, Elmwood Normal School Community Association and through Western Union’s Partnership & Affiliates initiative is a member of many Associations.

Natasha is married to husband Andy and has 3 girls.