Meet the Team


Wendy Smith

Wendy Smith

CHIEF EXECUTIVE
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

DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE & GROWTH ADVISER
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.
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.

Fiona’s father was a life member of the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce and she has always followed his 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

TRAINING & BUSINESS AWARDS MANAGER
Janet joined the Chamber of Commerce in January 2011 as a part time administration officer.  Janet is a trained teacher and has had a number of administration roles. Janet’s background in teaching compliments her role and she is able to use her experience in all aspects of the position.

Her current role includes the running of the specialised training courses, facilitating the Young Enterprise scheme and Managing the Business Excellence Awards.

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Timea Mester

Timea Mester

EVENTS & MEMBERSHIP MANAGER
Timea recently joined the Chamber after relocating to Timaru from the United States. She is eager to utilise her background in graphic design and marketing to fulfil this diverse role which encompasses the design, planning and delivery of all Chamber events along with marketing, registrations, and sponsorship of these events. 

Timea also 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 Timea looks forward to strengthening and growing business networking across South Canterbury.

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Raewyn Bell

Raewyn Bell

BUSINESS ADVISOR
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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Fiona Jackson

Fiona Jackson

CUSTOMER RELATIONS OFFICER

Fi joined the Chamber in 2018 after moving to Timaru from Australia. Her previous career was in the Australian Department of Immigration which included developing legislation, managing visa and citizenship processing, and immigration compliance. She has extensive experience in government compliance and client service relations.

Fi brings to the Chamber a diverse range of global experience having worked at diplomatic missions in Dubai, Nairobi, Kuala Lumpur and Suva. Fi's qualifications in Commerce in Accounting and Business Administration makes her well placed to serve Chamber members as our Customer Relations Officer. Fi is a strong team player who is quickly expanding her skill set across the varied work undertaken at the Chamber.

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