Connecting business leaders in Christchurch and Canterbury

Executive Team 2022

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.

Vice-President

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.

Immediate Past President

Katie Foote

Katie has been with Graham Consulting since 2007 and is a Director and Manager of the Christchurch office.  While leading the team she also specialises in the recruitment of Management & Executive appointments for clients across the South Island.  As well CE, GM and Branch based management roles her key areas include Sales, Marketing, Operations, Accounting & Finance and supporting Executive teams with search assignments and company specific critical hires. Katie is certified in psychometric assessment and interpretation, is a member of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand as well as a Committee Member of the Canterbury Club.

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 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. from an omnichannel perspective.

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 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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Amy-Coster

Committee Member

Amy Coster 

I have significant experience from working in finance, projects, product development, and people leadership for the last 15 years, and currently a Senior Manager at Heartland Bank.

I graduated from the University of Canterbury, spent time at government agencies Inland Revenue and Ministry of Business & Innovation, and have now spent the majority of my professional career in finance with ANZ New Zealand, ANZ Australia and Heartland Bank.

As a Senior Manager at Heartland I lead the team of Small Asset Finance Managers, helping to coach, train and develop them to add to their success and encourage positive performance and behaviours.

I also work in product development working on strategies for business digital lending offerings, and utilise my skills to establish connections across a broad base of colleagues, clients and intermediaries.

I have a wide base of business connections and organisations that I am involved with in Christchurch and I very much enjoy this aspect of my role, where I get to develop these relationships long term. 

Christchurch has always been a very special place to me and I love been able to live and work here with my partner and continue to see the city growing and thriving.

 

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

Lynn is the Principal Coach/Director OutOnaLym Consulting Ltd and Director on the Board of Zonta International – Christchurch North, she has just completed and passed all the requirements for Chartered Fellow Status of the Institute of Directors (pending acceptance) as part of my commitment to continual learning and being able to influence how businesses grow and flourish.

The focus of OutOnaLym Consulting is working with those who are technically highly skilled, to develop their Leadership and soft skills. This enables the business to increase their profitability, enhance their succession plan (i.e. future leaders) and develop their biggest asset, their people.

Lynn had a heart attack at age 44 because of stress, I now teach people how not to die at work or because of work by building resilience, self-management, and smarter communication and relationship building skills.

Professionally trained as a coach and graduate of Coach U (the world’s largest coaching organisation), and past President of the International Coaching Federation Australasia (ICFA) Canterbury Chapter for three years. As a former National Sales Director, qualified Myers Briggs Trainer, and LSI 360-degree Leadership Style Inventory, I can integrate the technical skills with the soft skills, and resilience necessary in any successful business today.

Her specialities include Board Directorship, Business and Executive coaching, leadership, team building, change, conflict management, conflict and stress, and sales management, for Construction Companies, Accountants, Architects, Engineers, Project Management, Lawyers and Government agencies, and Small to medium businesses.