The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce elected a new board at last night’s AGM, with Co-Chairs Monique Leith and Heather Hutchings successfully re-elected for 2023 as the Chamber looks to continue supporting the local business community through challenging times.

Monique Leith has been a Chamber board member for the past three years, and Co-Chair for 2021 and 2022. She is a Consultant Resource Management Planner and a full member of the NZ Planning Institute. She co-founded Leith Consulting in 2019 driven by her passion to support people and organisations who invest in the future of local communities, and has a proven track record in guiding complex and large-scale land development projects through resource management processes. She is also hearing impaired, which she says gives her a different worldview and perspective.

Heather Hutchings was Co-Chair for 2022, with former Chamber Chair and Secretary experience that brings a wealth of knowledge to the role. She is a sought-after business mentor trainer and facilitator who works with and supports general managers, CEO’s, senior leaders and professional business women to manage their work and increase their productivity around their energy levels. She is also the Business Mentor for the Kapiti Horowhenua Business Awards, and a member of the Business Kāpiti Horowhenua Board for the Electra Business awards.

Co-Chair Heather Hutchings commented “The Kapiti Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to an active 2023, co-opting members onto the Board and sub-committees. We at Chamber see our role as promoting, supporting, and encouraging sustainable, profitable business growth. We can achieve this by building on the advocacy, training, advice, information, and support we provide to positively influence the environment our local businesses operate in.”

Other re-elected board members for 2023 are Deputy Chair Bede Laracy, Treasurer Lisa-Jean Foote, and Secretary Olivia Bird.

The re-election of 2022 members will allow Kāpiti Chamber to build on the success of 2022, delivering opportunities to network and connect post-traffic-light system, relevant digital learning and development opportunities, an engaged election campaign, and a recent business safety event amidst a busy and challenging year. Having grown in skill, confidence, and strength over 2022, the 2023 board is in good shape to continue growing and supporting our local business community. The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce will focus on XXX in the coming year.