Board Members

Steve Davey – ABC Business Sales  – Chairman
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 Manawatū.
 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 Manawatū 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 Manawatū business community is very inclusive and I would like to see that continue to grow and prosper.
Matthew Jeanes
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.
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 Manawatū local and am 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 my board position I am delighted to help businesses through these volatile times adding to the excellent work done currently by the Chamber.
My 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.
I am 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 
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 Manawatū Branch Council.
I am excited for the opportunity to work with the Manawatū Chamber of Commerce 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.
ED Teece – NZP

 

Paul O'Brien - Suncorp/Asteron/Marist Sport
Following a quarter of a century membership with the Manawatū 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.

Board Members

Steve Davey - ABC Business Sales - Chairman

I am the Manawatū 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 Manawatū.

 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 Manawatū 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 Manawatū 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 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 
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 Manawatū to ensure that the Manawatū 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 Manawatū (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 Manawatū 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 Manawatū 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 Manawatū Branch Council.
I am excited for the opportunity to work with the Manawatū Chamber of Commerce and to assist in the development of our region as a great place to live, work and play.

Guy Dobson

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
Following a quarter of a century membership with the Manawatū 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.