Board Members

Blair Alabaster – Property Brokers  – Chairman

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
Matthew Jeanes
Matthew Jeanes –  Vice Chair 
I am passionate about the Manawatu 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 Manawatu 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.
Rahui Corbett – Morrison Creed – Treasurer 
I am 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 I will bring my financial background to support the Chamber.
I am a Manawatu local and am excited to work with likeminded people to represent businesses in the Manawatu to ensure that the Manawatu is a place to thrive for people in business now and in the future.
Rahui Corbett
Adrian Doyle
Adrian Doyle – 360 Logistics
My working background is almost exclusively in international freight forwarding (including Customs Brokerage) and logistics, having spent nearly 30 years in the industry. During this time I have worked for international forwarders at a national, regional and global level, with roles ranging from operations to sales, commercial, regional and country management roles. Originally from the Manawatu (Palmerston North born and bred), I returned to the region at the beginning of 2014 after a 15-year absence (spent in Wellington and Auckland) to open up the local branch of 360 Logistics after a 2-year break from the industry where I spent time working as a Business Broker selling commercial businesses.
I’m passionate about the Manawatu region having grown up here, raised kids here, and once again enjoying the benefits of doing business here, where the integrity of the local business community is of a high ethic. The Manawatu is a great place to live and do business and I see a role with the Chamber of Commerce as an opportunity to both reinforce this to the existing business community and also to pass that on to prospective businesses/people that are considering making the Manawatu their home. Having spent time in other regions, I see no reason why businesses that may ‘feel the need’ to be based in a larger centre could not thrive on relocating to this region and enjoying the benefits of our location, lower costs of living, and ready access to a skilled workforce.
Outside of work my passion is football (soccer) having been involved in the game for more than 40 years, firstly as a player and in later years as a coach and administrator both in Auckland and on my return to the region, where I have resumed a previous longstanding involvement with my former club.
Alex Boustridge – CR Law 
I am a Senior Associate at CR Law, which has offices in both Palmerston North and Feilding.  I grew up in Hawkes Bay, but have spent my 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.  I enjoy putting my legal background to good use and sit on a number of local community boards, as well as the Law Society Manawatu Branch Council.
I am excited for the opportunity to work with the Manawatu Chamber of Commerce and to assist in the development of our region as a great place to live, work and play.
Cam Hadfield
Cam Hadfield – FMG 
My career background is in the financial services industry where I have spent over 15 years working in both Banking & Insurance sectors. I am proud to call Manawatu home having attended both PNBHS & Massey University before heading overseas for sport and travel. After a stint in Wellington my wife & I moved back to Manawatu in 2012 to enjoy the fantastic benefits and lifestyle which we now share with our 3 children.
I am very passionate about the Manawatu region and the benefits it has to offer as both a place to live and do business. I am also very keen to see businesses thrive and succeed in the region knowing the positive economic benefits this has. My local involvement in the community includes previously being Chair of a local non-profit preschool for 4 years and also assisting my wife with her business which she has established in the region.
Outside of work I love getting outdoors whether it is with the kids, trail running, playing sport, gardening, or even some travel if time allows.
Caren Bailey – Massey University
My community contribution is significant and I work to encourage growth in our local region. I am the Board of Trustees Chairman of Riverdale School.  I  get immense satisfaction from helping to grow these youth into globally aware, 21st century critical thinkers. I also sit on the organising committee for the International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR) Conference being held at the Aotea Centre, Auckland in February 2018. This event will bring world leading scientists in animal recording and genetic evaluation from over 50 countries to New Zealand. Outside of work, I enjoy gardening, Pilates, walking and spending time with family and friends.  After a nine year stint living in Auckland,  my husband Craig and I  believe the Manawatu is the perfect place to raise their two daughters, Emma and Abby-Rose.
Caren Bailey
ED Teece – NZP
Lisa Matena  – SeeMe Media 
Paul O'Brien - Suncorp/Asteron/Marist Sport
Following a quarter of a century membership with the Manawatu Chamber of Commerce and a decade on the Board, I have enjoyed having a break.
However after being approached by several members to re-join the Board, I am pleased to be involved for another year or two.
Steve Davey - ABC Business Sales 
I am the Manawatu Branch Partner and Business Broker with ABC Business Sales. My primary role is assisting baby boomer business owners successful exit their business. I have sold close to 100 businesses in the last few years and am proud to have established a marketing leading office in the mighty Manawatu.
 I’m 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. I am a former Trustee of the Economic Development Agency Vision Manawatu and advocated the change to consolidate various entities into what is now CEDA. I am passionate about this fantastic region and helping in any way I can to make sure businesses continue to grow and prosper here. That includes mentoring start ups and sharing my passion for business with young and old.
The Manawatu Chamber of Commerce 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 Manawatu business community is very inclusive and I would like to see that continue to grow and prosper.

Board Members

Blair Alabaster - Property Brokers  - Chairman

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
Matthew Jeanes -  Vice Chair 
I am passionate about the Manawatu 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 Manawatu 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 
I am 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 I will bring my financial background to support the Chamber.   I am a Manawatu local and am excited to work with likeminded people to represent businesses in the Manawatu to ensure that the Manawatu is a place to thrive for people in business now and in the future.
Rahui Corbett
Adrian Doyle - 360 Logistics
My working background is almost exclusively in international freight forwarding (including Customs Brokerage) and logistics, having spent nearly 30 years in the industry. During this time I have worked for international forwarders at a national, regional and global level, with roles ranging from operations to sales, commercial, regional and country management roles. Originally from the Manawatu (Palmerston North born and bred), I returned to the region at the beginning of 2014 after a 15-year absence (spent in Wellington and Auckland) to open up the local branch of 360 Logistics after a 2-year break from the industry where I spent time working as a Business Broker selling commercial businesses.
I’m passionate about the Manawatu region having grown up here, raised kids here, and once again enjoying the benefits of doing business here, where the integrity of the local business community is of a high ethic. The Manawatu is a great place to live and do business and I see a role with the Chamber of Commerce as an opportunity to both reinforce this to the existing business community and also to pass that on to prospective businesses/people that are considering making the Manawatu their home. Having spent time in other regions, I see no reason why businesses that may ‘feel the need’ to be based in a larger centre could not thrive on relocating to this region and enjoying the benefits of our location, lower costs of living, and ready access to a skilled workforce.
Outside of work my passion is football (soccer) having been involved in the game for more than 40 years, firstly as a player and in later years as a coach and administrator both in Auckland and on my return to the region, where I have resumed a previous longstanding involvement with my former club.
Adrian Doyle
Alex Boustridge – CR Law 
I am a Senior Associate at CR Law, which has offices in both Palmerston North and Feilding.  I grew up in Hawkes Bay, but have spent my 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.  I enjoy putting my legal background to good use and sit on a number of local community boards, as well as the Law Society Manawatu Branch Council.
I am excited for the opportunity to work with the Manawatu Chamber of Commerce and to assist in the development of our region as a great place to live, work and play.
Cam Hadfield - FMG
My career background is in the financial services industry where I have spent over 15 years working in both Banking & Insurance sectors. I am proud to call Manawatu home having attended both PNBHS & Massey University before heading overseas for sport and travel. After a stint in Wellington my wife & I moved back to Manawatu in 2012 to enjoy the fantastic benefits and lifestyle which we now share with our 3 children.
I am very passionate about the Manawatu region and the benefits it has to offer as both a place to live and do business. I am also very keen to see businesses thrive and succeed in the region knowing the positive economic benefits this has. My local involvement in the community includes previously being Chair of a local non-profit preschool for 4 years and also assisting my wife with her business which she has established in the region.
Outside of work I love getting outdoors whether it is with the kids, trail running, playing sport, gardening, or even some travel if time allows.
Cam Hadfield
Caren Bailey – Massey University
My community contribution is significant and I work to encourage growth in our local region. I am the Board of Trustees Chairman of Riverdale School.  I  get immense satisfaction from helping to grow these youth into globally aware, 21st century critical thinkers. I also sit on the organising committee for the International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR) Conference being held at the Aotea Centre, Auckland in February 2018. This event will bring world leading scientists in animal recording and genetic evaluation from over 50 countries to New Zealand. Outside of work, I enjoy gardening, Pilates, walking and spending time with family and friends.  After a nine year stint living in Auckland,  my husband Craig and I  believe the Manawatu is the perfect place to raise their two daughters, Emma and Abby-Rose.
Caren Bailey
Ed Teece - NZP

Lisa Matena - SeeMe Media

Paul O'Brien - Suncorp/Asteron/Marist Sport
Following a quarter of a century membership with the Manawatu Chamber of Commerce and a decade on the Board, I have enjoyed having a break.
However after being approached by several members to re-join the Board, I am pleased to be involved for another year or two.
Steve Davey - ABC Business Sales 

I am the Manawatu Branch Partner and Business Broker with ABC Business Sales. My primary role is assisting baby boomer business owners successful exit their business. I have sold close to 100 businesses in the last few years and am proud to have established a marketing leading office in the mighty Manawatu.

 I’m 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. I am a former Trustee of the Economic Development Agency Vision Manawatu and advocated the change to consolidate various entities into what is now CEDA. I am passionate about this fantastic region and helping in any way I can to make sure businesses continue to grow and prosper here. That includes mentoring start ups and sharing my passion for business with young and old.

 The Manawatu Chamber of Commerce 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 Manawatu business community is very inclusive and I would like to see that continue to grow and prosper.