Board Members

Steve Davey – ABC Business Sales  – Chairman
He is the Manawatū Branch Partner and Business Broker with ABC Business Sales. His primary role is assisting baby boomer business owners successfully exit their business. He has sold close to 100 businesses in the last few years and is proud to have established a marketing leading office in the mighty Manawatū.
He is a former business banker with decades of experience working with all levels of business and appreciate that a successful economy is driven primarily by a successful business community. He is also a former Trustee of the Economic Development Agency Vision Manawatū and advocated the change to consolidate various entities into what is now CEDA. He is passionate about this fantastic region and helping in any way he can to make sure businesses continue to grow and prosper here. That includes mentoring start ups and sharing his passion for business with young and old.
The Manawatū Business Chamber is a fantastic vehicle to support local businesses, to help guide and inspire them and to act as a lobbyist for them with local and national Government. The Manawatū business community is very inclusive and I would like to see that continue to grow and prosper.
Rachel Hoskin – Te Manawa Trust Museum:
Rachel is a small business owner (Strange Dog Print and Design as well as NZ Hello) and the current Manager of Sustainable Funding and Innovation at Te Manawa. She resides in the Ruapehu district and has previously worked in higher education (UCOL), Iwi and community development and more recently tourism where she was assisting tourism businesses to navigate through COVID and diversify their income streams where needed. She has a passion for business growth and innovative ways in which to do that.
Rahui Corbett – Morrison Creed – Treasurer 
Rahui is a partner at Morrison Creed Advisory Limited, where we work with a huge range of local businesses to work through their road blocks achieve their freedoms.  As an NZICA qualified Chartered Accountant she will bring her financial background to support the Chamber.
Rahui is a Manawatū local and is excited to work with likeminded people to represent businesses in the Manawatū to ensure that the Manawatū is a place to thrive for people in business now and in the future.
Rahui Corbett
Guy Dobson – Dynamique
“ The Manawatu region offers great opportunities for businesses. Despite CoVid, the region is performing as well as can be expected. Through Guy’s board position he is delighted to help businesses through these volatile times adding to the excellent work done currently by the Chamber.
Guy’s background in international capital  markets and current directorships of NZ tech firms providing FinRisk, FinEd, FinComp services, offer a unique source of intuitive market intelligence to help fellow enterprises.
Guy is delighted to look after the transport folio for the Chamber, holding public transport and infrastructure firms to account for the betterment of the region”.
Alex Boustridge – CR Law 
Alex is a Senior Associate at CR Law, which has offices in both Palmerston North and Feilding.  Alex grew up in Hawkes Bay, but has spent her legal career in the Manawatu, beginning as a Law Graduate and now as a Senior Associate at a firm that has a long and proud history in the Manawatu community.  Alex enjoys putting her legal background to good use and sits on a number of local community boards, as well as the Law Society Manawatū Branch Council.
Alex is excited for the opportunity to work with the Manawatū Business Chamber and to assist in the development of our region as a great place to live, work and play.
Blair Alabaster
Blair Alabaster – Property Brokers

Blair was born in Whanganui, raised in Taupo and has since lived in a number of locations around New Zealand. It’s a history that’s given him a deep appreciation for and wealth of life experience in this amazing country. It’s a history that’s also inspired his passion for New Zealand’s great outdoors, and when not spending time with his wife and three young children, Blair can most often be found pursuing his love of hunting and fishing.
Commitment and teamwork are disciplines that were embedded early in Blair’s life through his involvement in competitive rowing. Blair participated at the national level in the sport and believes those attributes instilled in his youth have stood him in good stead in all aspects of life right through to today.
Blair’s dedication to world class customer service has been honed over more than two decades’ experience in the banking industry, where he has worked across multiple frontline sales and leadership positions. This is where Blair gained a true understanding of the value of trust in building and achieving successful client relationships. And today, providing an outstanding customer experience is Blair’s primary focus in all client interactions.
Blair is currently part of the Commercial Team at Property Brokers.
Chris Long: Long Building Solutions:  
Chris is the owner and director of Long Building Solutions Limited, based in Palmerston North. They have been operating for eight years now with a great team of builders, covering residential construction and more recently the exciting field of energy efficient, high performing homes. They have strong connections to our community and are passionate about our staff with a key focus on work/life balance.
Personally Chris is an avid sportsman with involvement in multiple community sports. His wife Jess and him have two young children who keep them on their toes – they are very familiar with the exceptional work our local councils have completed to ensure our region is family friendly.
Manawatū Business Chamber plays a huge role in guiding and supporting local business’. Not only is our location a huge asset, but the resilience and adaptability of our business community is commendable. Chris is excited to be part of this enthusiastic board and look forward to contributing our business learning and experiences to this forward thinking group.
ED Teece – NZP
 Holly Killgour – Collab Creative
Although Holly didn’t grow up here, she has called Manawatu home for the last decade. Holly loves our region and believe it offers incredible opportunities for the career driven and family focused.
Holly’s background is in marketing and communications. She is passionate about developing strong brands, building stand-out customer journey’s and creating genuine, engaging content. Outside of work, her one year old keeps her husband and herself busy and entertained!
Holly says “It’s an honour to be a board member and to have the opportunity to give back to a community that has given me so much.”
Paul O’Brien – Suncorp/Asteron/Marist Sport – Acting Vice-Chair
Following a quarter of a century membership with the Manawatū Business Chamber and a decade on the Board, Paul has enjoyed having a break.
However after being approached by several members to re-join the Board, Paul is pleased to be involved for another year or two.

Board Members

Steve Davey – ABC Business Sales  – Chairman

 He is the Manawatū Branch Partner and Business Broker with ABC Business Sales. His primary role is assisting baby boomer business owners successfully exit their business. He has sold close to 100 businesses in the last few years and is proud to have established a marketing leading office in the mighty Manawatū.
 He is a former business banker with decades of experience working with all levels of business and appreciate that a successful economy is driven primarily by a successful business community. He is also a former Trustee of the Economic Development Agency Vision Manawatū and advocated the change to consolidate various entities into what is now CEDA. He is passionate about this fantastic region and helping in any way he can to make sure businesses continue to grow and prosper here. That includes mentoring start ups and sharing his passion for business with young and old.
The Manawatū Business Chamber is a fantastic vehicle to support local businesses, to help guide and inspire them and to act as a lobbyist for them with local and national Government. The Manawatū business community is very inclusive and I would like to see that continue to grow and prosper.
Matthew Jeanes –  Vice Chair 
I am passionate about the Manawatū region and am focused and committed to identifying collaborative opportunities for the Chamber, its members and the wider region to create growth, raise profile and be a part of the effort to make the Manawatū an attractive proposition to work, live and play in. I am excited for our future and would like to make certain there is continuity on the board to ensure our continued growth.
Matthew Jeanes
Rahui Corbett – Morrison Creed – Treasurer 
Rahui is a partner at Morrison Creed Advisory Limited, where we work with a huge range of local businesses to work through their road blocks achieve their freedoms.  As an NZICA qualified Chartered Accountant she will bring her financial background to support the Chamber.
Rahui is a Manawatū local and is excited to work with likeminded people to represent businesses in the Manawatū to ensure that the Manawatū is a place to thrive for people in business now and in the future.
Rahui Corbett
Guy Dobson – Dynamique
“ The Manawatu region offers great opportunities for businesses. Despite CoVid, the region is performing as well as can be expected. Through Guy’s board position he is delighted to help businesses through these volatile times adding to the excellent work done currently by the Chamber.
Guy’s background in international capital  markets and current directorships of NZ tech firms providing FinRisk, FinEd, FinComp services, offer a unique source of intuitive market intelligence to help fellow enterprises.
Guy is delighted to look after the transport folio for the Chamber, holding public transport and infrastructure firms to account for the betterment of the region”.
Alex Boustridge – CR Law 
Alex is a Senior Associate at CR Law, which has offices in both Palmerston North and Feilding.  Alex grew up in Hawkes Bay, but has spent her legal career in the Manawatu, beginning as a Law Graduate and now as a Senior Associate at a firm that has a long and proud history in the Manawatu community.  Alex enjoys putting her legal background to good use and sits on a number of local community boards, as well as the Law Society Manawatū Branch Council.
Alex is excited for the opportunity to work with the Manawatū Business Chamber and to assist in the development of our region as a great place to live, work and play.
Rachel Hoskin – Te Manawa Trust Museum:
Rachel is a small business owner (Strange Dog Print and Design as well as NZ Hello) and the current Manager of Sustainable Funding and Innovation at Te Manawa. She resides in the Ruapehu district and has previously worked in higher education (UCOL), Iwi and community development and more recently tourism where she was assisting tourism businesses to navigate through COVID and diversify their income streams where needed. She has a passion for business growth and innovative ways in which to do that.
Chris Long: Long Building Solutions:  
Chris is the owner and director of Long Building Solutions Limited, based in Palmerston North. They have been operating for eight years now with a great team of builders, covering residential construction and more recently the exciting field of energy efficient, high performing homes. They have strong connections to our community and are passionate about our staff with a key focus on work/life balance.
Personally Chris is an avid sportsman with involvement in multiple community sports. His wife Jess and him have two young children who keep them on their toes – they are very familiar with the exceptional work our local councils have completed to ensure our region is family friendly.
Manawatū Business Chamber plays a huge role in guiding and supporting local business’. Not only is our location a huge asset, but the resilience and adaptability of our business community is commendable. Chris is excited to be part of this enthusiastic board and look forward to contributing our business learning and experiences to this forward thinking group.
Ed Teece – NZP
Blair Alabaster – Property Brokers

Blair was born in Whanganui, raised in Taupo and has since lived in a number of locations around New Zealand. It’s a history that’s given him a deep appreciation for and wealth of life experience in this amazing country. It’s a history that’s also inspired his passion for New Zealand’s great outdoors, and when not spending time with his wife and three young children, Blair can most often be found pursuing his love of hunting and fishing.
Commitment and teamwork are disciplines that were embedded early in Blair’s life through his involvement in competitive rowing. Blair participated at the national level in the sport and believes those attributes instilled in his youth have stood him in good stead in all aspects of life right through to today.
Blair’s dedication to world class customer service has been honed over more than two decades’ experience in the banking industry, where he has worked across multiple frontline sales and leadership positions. This is where Blair gained a true understanding of the value of trust in building and achieving successful client relationships. And today, providing an outstanding customer experience is Blair’s primary focus in all client interactions.
Blair is currently part of the Commercial Team at Property Brokers.
Blair Alabaster
Paul O’Brien – Suncorp/Asteron/Marist Sport – Acting Vice-Chair
Following a quarter of a century membership with the Manawatū Business Chamber and a decade on the Board, Paul has enjoyed having a break.
However after being approached by several members to re-join the Board, Paul is pleased to be involved for another year or two.
 Holly Killgour – Collab Creative
Although Holly didn’t grow up here, she has called Manawatu home for the last decade. Holly loves our region and believe it offers incredible opportunities for the career driven and family focused.
Holly’s background is in marketing and communications. She is passionate about developing strong brands, building stand-out customer journey’s and creating genuine, engaging content. Outside of work, her one year old keeps her husband and herself busy and entertained!
Holly says “It’s an honour to be a board member and to have the opportunity to give back to a community that has given me so much.”