Business Central Board
The Business Central Board is made up of the following people:
Vaughan Renner – Director
Vaughan has had an executive career spanning twenty years that has included senior leadership and general management positions.
He is a board member of The Standards Council of New Zealand, Weltec (Wellington Institute of Technology), Cairns Group Ltd., Business Central and BusinessNZ. Vaughan is chair of the Risk and Audit Committees at Weltec and Business Central.He is a member of the Institute of Directors and has previously served on a number of other Boards and Government advisory panels.
From 1998-2004 he was the CEO of South Pacific Tyres, New Zealand's largest tyre company, with 1,200 employees and sales approaching $200 million per annum. Previously he held general management roles in engineering, IT and sales and marketing. Prior to becoming CEO he held a strategic development position with SPT Australia, based in Melbourne.
He holds an MBA from Massey University, and a BE Hons (Chemical) and a BSc (Chemistry) from the University of Canterbury.
Katy Ellis -
Katy comes from a customer -focused career in the retail and hospitality sectors in the UK and Wellington.
Katy’s current role is General Manager New Zealand of Mojo Coffee, based in Wellington. She has overall responsibility for profitability in New Zealand and reports to the Group CEO overseas. Her role oversees strategic planning and business development, operations, finance, marketing. Since Mojo’s expansion into the USA her role also encompasses liaison and support for their international operations.
Since 2014 Katy has been a member of the Board of Scots College, Wellington and has been Chair of the Development Committee as well as a member of the Governance and Strategy Committee. In 2019 Katy was appointed to the Board of Business Central, Wellington, which provides professional services and business support for member organisations throughout the central region.
In her spare time Katy enjoys working out at the gym, hanging out with her teenage kids when we they allow and enjoying the odd glass of Chardonnay.
Sophie comes from a strategic business and people background, with experience in human resource management in the United Arab Emirates, culture and organisational change in Auckland, and various business strategy and professional services roles in Taranaki.
She has held a number of senior governance roles as Chair of the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the CEO Forum, Taranaki Women’s Refuge and is involved with a number of regional social and economic initiatives.
Sophie's current role is CEO of the largest specialist law firm in Taranaki, Govett Quilliam. She has a focus on the strategic vision and capability of the firm and is responsible for the implementation of future-focused strategies. She is a strong advocate for inspiring positive change.
Outside of the working world she likes to travel with her husband and two children, and enjoys the disciplines of ocean swimming and running.
Karun Shenoy– Angel HQ and English Language Partners
Jo Healey– General Manager, Intergen
Adele Rose – 3R Group Limited
- 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)
Claire Pedley – CB Norwood
As General Manager – Business Capability at CB Norwood, Claire leads a diverse portfolio of functions including Organisational Development, Human Resources, Health & Safety and Information Services. Claire brings commitment, enthusiasm and positive energy to both her professional and personal life. She has a strong drive to challenge herself and push beyond her comfort zone, with a willingness to seek out new opportunities to continually develop both personally and professionally, thriving in an environment where she is challenged to grow.
Saia Mataele- PwC
Saia is passionate about enabling and connecting people, and achieving equitable outcomes. He is currently a Management Consultant at PwC, where he provides advice and support for clients both in the Private and Public sector. A key area of his work is focused on regional economic development.
Prior to PwC, Siosaia was a Student Navigator at TupuToa, securing and promoting professional opportunities for Maori and Pasifika students, Director of MadPacific (e-commerce platform in the Pacific) and co-founded a social enterprise focusing on Maori and Pasifika empowerment. He has also held a number of internship positions at Accident Compensation Corporation and Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment.
Outside of work, he currently serves on various boards including a trust that provides Digital Inclusion leadership in Aotearoa and is actively involved in community initiatives and in the start-up scene.
Siosaia holds a Bachelor of Law, and Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours, completed at the University of Auckland.
Mahi Tangaere– NZeducateme
Mahi Tangaere has worked in diverse roles including Foreshore and Seabed negotiations, and in the education and immigration sectors for over 15 years. She is currently a solicitor at Cottrell Law where she has worked since 2010.
Mahi’s variety of administrative roles has provided her with a unique insight into New Zealand’s regulatory frameworks and educational landscape.
Mahi has her own business - 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 a member and current Convenor of the Wellington Immigration and Refugee Law Committee. She has been on the Executive Committee of the ASEAN New Zealand Business Council for the last three years and is their current Vietnam Chapter Chair. She is also a member of the New Zealand Association of Immigration Professionals.
Mahi is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and enjoys a game of hockey.