MEET THE CHAMBER TEAM
Pete arrived with his young family in Marlborough in 2007. They chose to live here, believing the region is a world-beater as a place to raise a family.
Over those years, he has seen a lot of development and growth, with additions such as the ASB Theatre, Convention Centre, the Stadium development, Picton marina upgrades. Pete is excited to be part of our General Manager as he thrives on enabling business development.
Since he arrived in Marlborough, he has worked in the winery business, running Seresin Estate, then as Managing Director of the Highfield TerraVin for the last three years. Pete has been on the Board of Trustees at Springlands School for the last 7 years, including being the Board Chair for three of those years. With 20 years in senior roles in large hospitality businesses, including owning his own consultancy, Pete has a broad understanding of the varied challenges facing businesses across Marlborough.
A proud “Quad Father,” Pete is mad for the ski slopes, and rumour has it he moonlights as a dinner party MasterChef
Our Vocational Coordinator, Chris Shaw, combines a passion for education developed as an instructor at Outward Bound and establishing youth programs with a more recent history of business enterprises.
These include developing a small vineyard in South Marlborough, establishing an organic vegetable business, and owning and operating an events company alongside his wife. He has worked on Tier One National events but is equally at home pruning his trees or teaching his son to kayak or ski.
The role is equally challenging and rewarding, connecting businesses and schools to deliver real vocational opportunities for youth in our region. Chris’ passion for empowering young people and background in small business brings an exciting set of skills to this role.
An economist by training, Alistair has more than two decades of experience in economic development and corporate consulting. Alistair holds a Masters Degree in International Economics, and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
Before joining the Chamber team, he was a Senior Economist at Infometrics, one of New Zealand’s leading economic consultancies. You may also recognise him from his time as Economic Development Advisor at Marlborough District Council.
Alistair and his family relocated to Marlborough in mid-2018. They love the region’s laid-back lifestyle and the natural beauty around them, particularly the Marlborough Sounds. When he’s not working, you’ll find Alistair on the mountain bike trails or trying his hand at spearfishing.
OFFICE OPERATIONS MANAGER
As our new Office Coordinator, Louisa is pivotal to the smooth running of the Chamber. Louisa will coordinate daily administrative support to the Chamber members. She will be your first point of contact for enquiries, responsible for managing Chamber accounts, and providing office support to the Chamber team.
Louisa was born in Dunedin and raised in Christchurch. After spending many years abroad, Louisa moved back to New Zealand in 2020 and quickly fell in love with Marlborough. From its sunshine and natural beauty to its wine, food, and fabulous people, Marlborough has truly captured her heart.
Working with people from all walks of life in many different roles and countries has made Louisa appreciate coming home to Aotearoa and the unique opportunities our beautiful country provides. Louisa looks forward to providing the best support and assistance to her colleagues and chamber members. “The Chamber embodies the values I was raised with and strive to demonstrate my work”