Our Board

The Otago Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organisation governed by a Board of Directors. 7 Directors are elected under the Constitution on a rotational basis with a further 3 having a one year appointment.


David Shelton | J W Smeaton Limited 03 477 1984


Karen Bardwell | Oyster Executive Recruitment 03 474 9468

Professor George Benwell | University of Otago Business School 03 479 8149

Alan Preston | Bedpost 03 477 1766

Chris Staynes | George Street Wines Ltd 03 477 1585 

Rebecca Twemlow | Firebrand 03 477 3473

Michael Van Aart | Van Aart Sycamore 03 477 8863




To reflect the range of sectors and industry of our membership we have several constituted committees so that we are kept up to date with what is going on around the region and in specific areas.

Our Committees


2017 Annual Report




Thank you to those who we have received nominations from and congratulations on putting your name forward for the position of Director on the Otago Chamber of Commerce board.

I am pleased to confirm there will be an election with 3 candidates for 2 positions. 

Candidates in no particular order are:

  • George Benwell, University of Otago
  • Helen Jansen, Literacy North Otago Inc
  • Mark Cameron, Action Engineering Limited

One representative from each financial member organisation of the Otago Chamber of Commerce may vote in the Election. The election will be carried out electronically and all details will be sent to the primary contact for each organisation. For organisations unable to participate electronically then please contact the chamber so we can make arrangements for you. If for any reason a second vote is registered from the same organisation, only the first submitted vote shall count.

More information to follow shortly.

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