Wendy Smith

Wendy Smith

Wendy Smith is Chief Executive of the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce. 

Wendy has significant experience working with the business sector fostering business and community vitality through a wide range of leadership roles. She has led talented and dedicated teams across a number of sectors to achieve business growth and prosperity for South Canterbury.  

Wendy was Chief Executive at Aoraki Development Business & Tourism for a number of years and prior to this was Chief Executive at Aoraki Polytechnic for 9 years, leading  the organisation’s financial and educational recovery.

Wendy has also held a number of governance roles in the NFP and commercial sectors, currently holding a board member role on Bidwill Hospital and Bidwill Foundation Boards.  

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Fiona Stevens

Fiona Stevens


Fiona joined the Chamber having previously worked in Stafford Street retail outlets for some 25+ years. Her experience includes involvement with small owner operator enterprises through to all aspects of running a large multi-million-dollar department store - including extensive knowledge in buying, staff supervision, customer service, and management - evaluating and balancing inquiries to achieve the best possible outcomes.

She believes in promoting good relationships with the community and building business relationships through providing exceptional service. She enjoys problem solving, identifying new opportunities, and making connections

Fiona has lived in Timaru most of her life and travelling to work, looking out across the bay, thinks how lucky we are to live in such a wonderful place. There are so many opportunities for businesses to establish, be supported, and to grow in this region, and many events and facilities that can attract so much more attention to South Canterbury.

She has always followed the ethos that good relationships within business make for a stronger thriving community, and for that to happen “you have to get involved and take people on the journey with you".

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Janet Hogan

Janet Hogan


Janet joined the Chamber of Commerce in January 2011 with a strong administrative background gained through experience working at Aoraki Development Business and Tourism, Aoraki Polytechnic and as a qualified teacher. 

Her current role includes the organisation and running of the specialised training courses, managing the annual Business Excellence Awards and to oversee and deliver financial administration services to the Chamber and its members.

Janet’s breadth of experience at the Chamber is a great benefit to serving the needs of our Chamber members.

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Katie McLennan


Katie recently joined the Chamber and is a bubbly and driven professional who loves to think outside the box and enjoys being social as well as being organised
and responsible. She looks forward to showcasing events and speakers for you all to engage with.

Katie looks after Chamber Membership, keeping our members up to date and informed via our E-Marketing communications, upkeep of information on the website, recruitment of new members and facilitating all aspects of the Chamber Card. In this varied role Katie looks forward to strengthening and growing business networking across South Canterbury.

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Raewyn Bell

Raewyn Bell

With a strong background in business ownership, construction sector, and sales & marketing Raewyn provides  business advice and services, including one-on-one meetings with businesses throughout the region, NZTE agreements and Mackenzie District business support. 

Prior to SC Chamber of Commerce and Aoraki Development economic development agency, Raewyn was a Director and Sales & Marketing manager of McRaeway Homes, a long established South Canterbury business trading nationally and internationally. Passionate about South Canterbury, Raewyn is committed to helping businesses succeed. 

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Stacey Gallagher

Stacey Gallagher


We are pleased to introduce to you Stacey; our newly appointed Customer Relations Officer. Her varied role includes being the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Regional Coordinator; Website administrator for southcanterbury.org.nz; Customer Relations officer for our Chamber members; and managing the Chambers sponsorship programme.

Stacey brings with her business leadership experience and customer relations expertise from her experience with Meridian Energy and Baycity Communications. Stacey has invested in her education and continues to add to her extensive business knowledge. She enjoys making connections and building strong relationships within the community. Stacey has a keen interest in encouraging and supporting young business minds which makes her a perfect fit for the Chambers Young Enterprise Scheme (YES).

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Stephen Rackstraw

Stephen Rackstraw


We are pleased to be able to introduce to you Steve; our newly appointed Sales Representative. Steve will be out and about looking to recruit new Chamber members, Steve comes from a background with Cathay Pacific in the customer loyalty programme area and has previously been based in Hong Kong. So if you know any businesses that would benefit from Chamber membership just call the office and Steve will make an appointment to visit.

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