Business Central Board

The Business Central Board is made up of the following people:

Chair - Jo Healey - Intergen

Jo is Intergen’s Executive General Manager, Customer Success.  Jo has extensive experience of working in a range of executive leadership roles both in NZ and overseas including NZ Global Technology Services Leader for IBM New Zealand, Chief Executive for Dimension Data NZ and Chief Executive, Fujitsu NZ.  Jo is driven by building talented teams who deliver great experiences and outcomes for clients and their customers.

As Director of Business Central, EMAC, President of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Board Member for WellingtonNZ and Board of Governors Scots College.  Jo is an engaged mentor and coach, and in 2018 won the Women in ICT achievement award. She has a strong history of commitment and service to New Zealand business and the IT industry, and has previously been engaged on the Ministerial NZ CyberSkills Taskforce, and a Board Member for NZTech.

Siah Hwee Ang - Victoria University of Wellington

Siah Hwee Ang is Professor of International Business and Strategy, the inaugural Chair in Business in Asia and Director of the Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence at Victoria University of Wellington. From 2017-2019, Siah also chaired the Victoria University’s Enabling Our Asia Pacific Trading Nation Research Distinctiveness Theme. In these roles, Siah works closely with various stakeholders and companies on their strategies in Asia and Asia’s engagement in New Zealand. Siah joined the leadership team of the New Zealand ASEAN Business Alliance and the board of the ASEAN NZ Business Council in 2019.

Beyond publishing in international top journals and an expert in strategy, competition and international business, Siah is Senior Editor of Strategy, Institutions and Research Design of the Journal of World Business (a leading international business journal), a role he has held for the last 8 years after two re-appointments by Elsevier, and sits on various editorial boards of international top tier journals over the years. He has sat on the national assessment panels for New Zealand Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships, Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia, and Marsden Fund.

Before joining Victoria University of Wellington in 2013, Siah was Professor in Strategy and Associate Dean Postgraduate and International (Asia) at the University of Auckland Business School (2003-2013), where he held various governance roles and drove many initiatives for his Department, Faculty and University. Siah has also held positions at City University in London (2001-2003) and National University of Singapore, where he completed his PhD. Siah is Visiting Professor to a few Asian universities. He writes frequently in New Zealand and international media.

Mahi Tangaere - West Dome Legal

Mahi Tangaere is the principal at West Dome Legal, which she established in 2019. She has worked in the immigration profession for over a decade. Mahi has worked in diverse roles including Foreshore and Seabed negotiations, and in the education and immigration sectors.

Mahi’s variety of administrative roles has provided her with a unique insight into New Zealand’s regulatory frameworks and educational landscape.

Mahi also operates - NZeducateme. The company provides placements services for people wishing to study in New Zealand and has developed bespoke courses to help migrants integrate and develop skill sets which are relevant in the New Zealand environment.

Mahi’s focus emphasises that the core value systems of Maori and most Asian countries are similar or complimentary. This enables the development of business relationships for long term mutual benefit.

Mahi is the current Vice Chair of the ASEAN New Zealand Business Council, and a member of both the New Zealand Association of Immigration Professionals and the Wellington Immigration and Refugee Law Committee.

Mahi is a double degree graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and enjoys a game of hockey.

Jono Dean - Ruapehu Alpine Lifts

Jonathan ‘Jono’ Dean is Chief Executive of Ruapehu Alpine Lifts which is the parent company operating Whakapapa and Tūroa Ski Areas on Mt Ruapehu in the Central North Island. Jono assumed the position of CEO of RAL in October 2019 and has led the company through the challenging COVID-19 response and the 2020 and 2021 Winter seasons, working closely with his team and the Board to ensure the company has been able to continue trading through this difficult period.

Jono holds a number of roles in governance as a member of the Ski are Association of New Zealand (SAANZ) executive team driving the industry forward and also two iwi co-governance groups which oversee the RAL’s activities on maunga Ruapehu and within the Tongariro National Park. Jono is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and has recently completed the residential company directors course and is in pursuit of his chartered member accreditation. Throughout the last 20 years, Jono has built a career in the hospitality and tourism sector through New Zealand and Australia and has taken significant interest in the communities and people he works with and developed a passion for furthering opportunities for his teams and their whanau. Jono strongly advocates for the interests of small business and through his work strives to improve outcomes in regional New Zealand. Jono, while originally from Wellington where he also attended Victoria University, now calls the Central North Island home and resides in Taupō with his wife and two children.

Brad Olsen - Infometrics

Brad Olsen is a Principal Economist and Director at Infometrics and is one of New Zealand’s leading economic commentators. Brad’s passionate about using economics to make better informed decisions and can communicate complex and detailed trends in a simple, relatable, and useful manner. With extensive networks across New Zealand’s business, media, community, and social sectors, Brad often brings together a variety of views, data, and emerging trends to inform advice and analysis to key decision makers across New Zealand.

Brad’s a community leader and is New Zealand’s youngest Justice of the Peace. His work in the community has been recognised a number of times: he was named New Zealand’s Queen’s Young Leader in 2016, one of Asia New Zealand Foundation’s 25 to Watch in 2019, and Young Wellingtonian of the Year 2020.

As a young person, Brad brings a different perspective to key opportunities and challenges that New Zealand faces and is keen to unlock more potential across businesses and communities. Emerging trends continue to accelerate the pace of change across the world and in New Zealand, and Brad focuses on understanding these trends as they evolve and highlighting way to enhance outcomes for local communities.

Mark Oldershaw - Whitireia and WelTec

Mark is a well-respected Chief Executive with many yegovernance roles including Board member/Chair of Audit and Risk Committee UNICEF NZ; Board member Business Hawkes Bay; Board member Inbound Tour Operators Council; Board member Le Corden Bleu NZ; co-opted Board member Business Central/Wellington Chamber of Commerce.

A significant focus of Mark’s senior management career has been linked to regional economic development, regional skills strategies, change management, private/public partnerships and sustainable business growth.

As a co-opted Board member of Business Central/Wellington Chamber of Commerce Mark has enjoyed the challenge and is keen to continue to ensure member needs are met, from an advocacy and ‘value’ perspective, along with a strong regional representation.

Karun Shenoy - Angel HQ and English Language Partners

Karun’s professional career has largely been in the Information Technology industry in New Zealand but also includes stints in the IT sectors in Singapore and India. This has included roles spanning management of major $100 million-plus technology programmes and leadership roles in software companies through to founding a tech start-up. He has operated his Wellington-based IT consulting company for over twenty years, providing programme and project management services as well as  business transformation consultancy.

Karun is currently on the board of Angel HQ (whose members invest in early stage companies) and English Language Partners (NZ’s largest NGO working with former refugees and migrants as an accredited training establishment).  He has mentored startups, small businesses, and new migrants.

Karun has a Bachelor’s degree in Technology and a Master’s in Business Administration. He is a member of the Institute of Directors, and a chartered member of IT Professionals NZ.

Karun emigrated to Wellington thirty years ago – and says he has found it exhilarating to have experienced the city’s transformation into the world’s most liveable city. He is passionate about helping to generate sustainable growth so that Wellington’s vibrancy is underpinned by a strong economic, export and employment foundation.

Adele Rose - 3R Group Ltd

Adele is the Chief Executive of 3R Group Ltd with over 12-years management experience and nine years directly related to the development of waste solutions for environmental and economic benefit across a range of industries.

Governance Experience

  • Ministry For The Environment National Resource Recovery Project Taskforce
  • Sustainable Business Council’s Council Member & Member Of The Zero Carbon Climate Action Group
  • Sustainable Business Council, Chair Of The Waste Minimisation Workshops (Resource Efficiency In The Value Chain Stream) And Member Of The Waste Governance Group
  • Sustainable Business Network’s Hawke’s Bay Business Connector
  • Session Chair Of The Waste Electronic And Electrical Equipment Workshop (2014) And The Product Stewardship Workshop (2014) For The Wasteminz Industry Conference
  • Hawke’s Bay Chamber Of Commerce Past Board Member (Vice President)