Business Central Council

The Business Central Council is made up of the following people:

Vaughan Renner

Vaughan Renner President

Vaughan has had an executive career spanning twenty years that has included senior leadership and general management positions.

He is a board member of The Standards Council of New Zealand, Weltec (Wellington Institute of Technology), Cairns Group Ltd., Business Central and BusinessNZ. Vaughan is chair of the Risk and Audit Committees at Weltec and Business Central.He is a member of the Institute of Directors and has previously served on a number of other Boards and Government advisory panels.

From 1998-2004 he was the CEO of South Pacific Tyres, New Zealand's largest tyre company, with 1,200 employees and sales approaching $200 million per annum. Previously he held general management roles in engineering, IT and sales and marketing. Prior to becoming CEO he held a strategic development position with SPT Australia, based in Melbourne.

He holds an MBA from Massey University, and a BE Hons (Chemical) and a BSc (Chemistry) from the University of Canterbury.

Karen Cooper - Hawkes Bay

A scientist-turned-strategist, Dr Karen Cooper's public/private sector career spans more than 25 years in management consultancy, organisational management, business, regional development, science management, scientific research, and governance. Her sector specialties include the Primary Industries (Horticulture, Wine and Food), Science, Education, Health, and Not-for-Profit.
A former CE of Vision 2020 (Hawkes Bay Regional Economic Development), Karen has also led strategic regional development initiatives.
Since 2005, she has undertaken contract and consulting assignments in strategy development, strategic and business planning, feasibility assessments, and business case development. Karen is also a passionate mentor and coach to established and new managers.
In the adult education sector, Karen has carried out multiple assignments for the New Zealand public sector and international organisations, regularly undertaking project reviews and evaluations.

Justine Martin

Justine Martin Director

Justine Martin has been with Toyota New Zealand for 20 years, based at their National Customer Centre in Palmerston North. She was appointed to her current role, Assistant Manager HR and Governance in June 2012.

Justine has been a member of the EMA and Business Central Local Committee since 2005, and has represented the Manawatu region on the Policy Council since 2008.

Richard Stone

Richard Stone Director

Richard Stone is the Executive Chairman of JacksonStone & Partners. He has more than 28 years of experience in the Human Resource consulting industry, primarily focused on the appointment of Chief Executives and non-Executive Directors within the Public, Private and NGO sectors.

Richard has a comprehensive knowledge of the New Zealand business environment, and the challenges faced by the sector, along with a formidable network developed over 28 years.

Richard is a Board member of the Wellington Employers Chamber of Commerce, Workbridge, Grow Wellington, JacksonStone & Partners, and a Council member of BusinessNZ. He is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington.

Trevor Goodwin

Trevor Goodwin Director

Trevor Goodwin is a Wanganui businessman with a number of interests in the city including commercial property and education. He is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and has recently undertaken further professional development in the field of governance.

He is a member of the Wanganui District Council's Earthquake Prone Building Task Force and the Mainstreet Design and Heritage Committee.

He has recently been appointed as the Chair of the Wanganui Community Education Service. Trevor also works with Business Mentors New Zealand providing mentoring services to local business people.

From May 2010 to April 2014 he was Chair of the Universal College of Learning (UCOL), a Government-funded tertiary education institute (ITP) with campuses in Wanganui, Palmerston North and Masterton.

Trevor is a former President of Business NZ which is acknowledged as New Zealand's leading business advocacy and policy development organisation. He was a Board member and Chairman of EMA Central, now Business Central, and was made a Life Member in 2010. He is also a chairman, director and trustee of several private companies, organisations and charitable trusts.

In 2009 Trevor retired after 15 years as the Chief Executive of Wanganui Gas Ltd which was a national energy retailer and gas pipeline owner. His previous management and governance experience includes senior roles in companies operating in the fields of Road Transport, Mining and Air Transport.

Cas Carter

Cas Carter Cas Carter Communications

Cas Carter is an experienced corporate communications, public relations and marketing specialist. She previously held the position of Assistant Vice-Chancellor at Massey University for over four years.

Prior to the education sector, Cas worked in the tourism industry for over fifteen years including heading corporate communications for Tourism New Zealand, Private Secretary to the Minister of Tourism and Marketing and Communications manager for the inaugural Wellington tourism organisation. 

Cas worked as a journalist, news reader and sub editor in both print and radio for of over 10 years in Taranaki, Manawatu, the Bay of Plenty and Wellington. She has a Bachelor of Social Sciences from Waikato University and an Applied Masters in Recreation and Leisure from Victoria University. 

Cas has experience in overseeing and managing major international events, as well as stakeholder relationship management both nationally and globally.

Pierre Woolridge

Pierre Woolridge Optimum Websites Ltd

Pierre established Optimum Websites as a website design and web marketing consultancy company in 2001. His firm has a clear focus on helping owners and managers grow their business via the Internet.

Prior to this he worked as business consultant in the field of strategic planning, and business planning. He has also held management roles in both the private and government sectors.

He has been on the Board of the Sales and Marketing Executive Institute (SMEI), and a director of the New Zealand Institute of Management (NZIM) Central, having been voted onto the NZIM Board for two separate terms.

Peter Cullen

Peter Cullen  Cullen Law

Peter studied at Victoria University in Wellington where he was President of the Students' Association in the 1970s. He worked at what was then Bell Gully & Co, as a Law Clerk and Office Solicitor, and then worked for the Law Reform Division of the Justice Department.

Following that Peter worked at the employment coalface as an industrial advocate.He returned to the practice of law in 1990. In 1994 Peter established his own firm, Cullen-The Employment Law Firm.

He works for both employers and employees and has built upon his earlier experience gained as an industrial advocate.

Peter convened the Wellington District Law Society Employment Law Committee from its inception until 2004. He is a regular speaker and commentator to the news media on industrial law issues. He has been a columnist for the Dominion and later The Dominion Post for many years.

He uses his legal skills to impart clients with helpful advice upon which to base their decisions. His strengths lie in his in-depth knowledge of New Zealand employment law and his abilities as an advocate.