The South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce Board’s role is to set the policy and determine the strategic direction of The Chamber.
There are four positions available this election with three board members - Gordon Handy, Heather Harding and John Wilson - standing for re-election and Sharron Binns standing down.

The profiles of the candidates standing for the Board in this election are below.

Please select four candidates – the four candidates with the most votes will be announced at our AGM on Thursday 20th October, being held at Aeronavics, 26 Kennels Road, Timaru. (registration required)


Andrew Laming

Andrew Laming

My current professional role is director and owner of NZAB (NZ Agri Brokers) – a start-up business that I formed with 2 other executive bankers, 2.5 years ago to assist farmers with access to financing, as well as providing strategic guidance to ensure that they were creating value in their businesses. Prior to that I held a number of different senior and national banking roles in both ANZ and BNZ.

Our business has been through a period of significant growth and we now look after over 3% of NZ Agri debt – over $2bn under active management. We employ 10 staff over three NZ wide offices and we are about to set up a Southland and Waikato office.

We focus on helping businesses succeed and in the process getting the capital they need to meet their growth aspirations.

Personally, I sit on the advisory boards of a number of large NZ private farming businesses – in both farming, commercial property, transport and in the food and beverage sector. The nature of our business mean that we have extensive business relationships and market knowledge of all the main trading banks plus a number of other capital providers, both domestic and international. I am a past independent director of several faming businesses and technology companies. I am a qualified mediator (associate status through AMINZ) and sit on the St Joseph’s BOT.

My wife Michelle and I have three girls and we live locally. We are also active in the tourism accommodation industry in both Tekapo and Central Otago, both of which are undergoing significant growth which presents opportunity and challenge.

I’m keen to represent all stakeholders on the SCCC board, however, I have particular interest in how I might support the current efforts to increase chamber engagement in the Agri sector.

Brett King

Brett King

Kia Ora, I am Brett King, Executive Divisional and Operations manager for Fulton Hogan, with responsibilities for our business throughout the Central South Island (South, Mid Canterbury and North Otago along with the West Coast of the South Island.

The best part of my job is being able to still live and work in Timaru and stay connected to one on New Zealand’s best keep secrets -South Canterbury. I consider myself an ambassador for our area. Identity promotion is my DNA and I am proudly supportive of what we have to offer.

I am Past Chair of Aoraki Development, Current trustee of the ARA Foundation and independent Director of NETcon. Along with a group of like-minded people, we established the Aoraki Arts Trust and have had the opportunity with community involvement to bring and gift a number of sculptures to the Timaru District, including LLew Summers “Encircling the Baroque” sited on the bay hill.

I am a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, hold a degree in Applied Management and a Diploma in Management ( Health and Safety ).

I look forward to the opportunity, if you see fit, to represent the Chamber and to continue to promote, support and grow the businesses and communities in which we live.