Advisory Committee

Heather Hutchings

Chair of the Advisory Committee

As an experienced Business Coach/Consultant and successful business owner at ‘Unleash your Business’, Heather mentors business owners from service, retail, consultants and family businesses.

Heather is currently the Chief assessors for the Horowhenua/Kapiti Electra Business awards, is a certified member of the NZ Advisory Board, a member of the Kapiti Economic Development Refresh team and is currently the Chair of The Kapiti Chamber of Commerce.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ben Archer

Ben operates Arrow Business Consultants, his own business/personal development consultancy based in Porirua. He has a well-rounded working experience across technical, sales, administration, and leadership roles. 

Having worked in small business and multi-national corporate environments, his experience extends to operational management, sales management, and general management positions.

He has volunteered his own time working with a number of community organisations including; Porirua City Council, Pop-Up Business School, Partners Porirua - Drive 4 Life, as well as recently becoming involved in the review of Porirua/NZTA roading projects.

Ben is a positive, hands-on leader and problem solver. He has a genuine passion for the wellbeing of people, and the economic success of Porirua City.

Tristan Will

Tristan is a lifelong resident of Porirua City. Educated at Aotea College and Victoria University, Tristan joined BDO Wellington firm 2004 as a graduate and became a Partner in 2016.  He leads their Wellington based Business Services and Outsourcing team with a focus on the Retail industry.   

Tristan is committed through his work, to assisting Porirua businesses develop and grow. He has significant community involvement locally with Cadets and sees his role with the Porirua Chamber as a further contribution to our community.

Michelle Robinson

Michelle has been active in the Porirua business community since the formation of Partners Porirua in January 2000. She’s worked tirelessly to build relationships between businesses and schools, and promote the relevance of the working world to young people. Michelle has led the organisation to win several awards in recognition of its stability, its commitment to young people and the outcomes it achieves for the city.

Michelle was instrumental in the establishment of the Porirua Youth 2 Work Movement, supporting local businesses to grow their workforce. She sees the long term benefits as being increased economic growth for the city with increased employment opportunities for local youth.  The Porirua Chamber of Commerce is an inaugural partner of the Porirua Youth 2 Work Movement  and Michelle is looking forward to contributing to the future development of the Chamber.

Sue Mexted

Sue Mexted, Company Director of Plimmerton based Mexted Performance Sports Surfaces.

Sue, together with her husband Steve, have established Mexteds as a main “player” in sports field design, maintenance and construction and undertakes projects throughout New Zealand. Being a small to medium size company, Sue has “hands on” experience in all aspects of business management.

Mexteds operation has been part of the Porirua business community for over 40 years and understands the value and importance in supporting local.

 

Hamish Mexted

Hamish is the founder of local Chartered Accountants, Convex Accounting.

Convex has grown from Porirua, and helps people around Wellington with specific, actionable advice to build their businesses. With offices in Mana and Wellington, Hamish is close to the issues faced by business around the region, across different industries, and in different stages of growth.

Steve Lovell

Steve Lovell is an experienced and successful Porirua businessman who owns Rainbow Creative, Gumdrop Promotions, Firefly Websites and Porirua Print.  He leads a team who are leading specialists in branding, website design, and online optimisation achieving proven positive results. He is a champion of business owners and new business development in Porirua. As an entrepreneur he has been involved in many other ventures including paua farming, the hospitality sector, and has established an underground music facility and recording studio in the city.

Steve has been outspoken on local issues such as Kenepuru Drive, traffic flows through the CBD, and the impact of Transmission Gully on Porirua, and is tenacious when it comes to getting local knowledge and input recognised and accepted to achieve the right outcomes.

A lifelong resident of Porirua, Steve currently lives in Paremata and is a family man who has general interest in local original music and new business opportunities. He is a long-term member of the Porirua Chamber of Commerce, and the Business Network International (BNI) North City chapter, having served as chairman for several terms.