Business Central Board

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

Vaughan Renner

Vaughan Renner Director

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

Karen Cooper - Director and Coach

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.

Chris Gosling

Christopher Gosling –   Chief Executive at Wellington Institute of Technology and Whitireia Community Polytechnic

Chris is the Chief Executive of the Wellington Institute of Technology and Whitireia Community Polytechnic, a position he has held since May 2015. He was previously Deputy Chief Executive (Operations) at Whitireia for three years.

Chris worked in the Middle East setting up and operating a polytechnic in the Kingdom of Bahrain and prior to this was the Corporate Services Director at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. This role followed several years in finance and senior management roles in local government in New Zealand.

Whitireia and WelTec have the third largest combined Institute of Technology and Polytechnic (ITP) offerings in NZ with total students enrolments of over 15,000 per year. Both are highly successful institutions that have been in partnership since 2012.

Chris has been involved in implementing this strategic partnership, and now as Chief Executive is responsible for moving this alliance forward in a new era of tertiary education provision.

Chris is also leading a major campus development programme across both WelTec and Whitireia which includes a brand new inner city campus centred on the creative technologies and applied arts which will open in 2018.

Brent Callaghan

Brent Callaghan Area Commercial Manager at Westpac

Brent is a Senior Commercial Banker at Westpac, with over 15 years in Banking and Finance experience backed with a Banking and Finance Degree from Massey University.

Based in Wellington, Brent has deep understanding of business and industries with Wellington and the Lower North Island and is passionate about Wellington business with a desire to ensure that the Wellington story is one of a strong, vibrant and collaborative business community.

Brent's expertise lies in finance and commerce with strong networks in the business community.

Karun Shenoy Angel HQ and English Language Partners

Karun’s professional career has largely been in the Information Technology industry in New Zealand but also includes stints in the IT sectors in Singapore and India. This has included roles spanning management of major $100 million-plus technology programmes and leadership roles in software companies through to founding a tech start-up. He has operated his Wellington-based IT consulting company for over twenty years, providing programme and project management services as well as  business transformation consultancy.

Karun is currently on the board of Angel HQ (whose members invest in early stage companies) and English Language Partners (NZ’s largest NGO working with former refugees and migrants as an accredited training establishment). He has mentored startups, small businesses, and new migrants.

Karun has a Bachelor’s degree in Technology and a Master’s in Business Administration. He is a member of the Institute of Directors, and a chartered member of IT Professionals NZ.

Karun emigrated to Wellington thirty years ago – and says he has found it exhilarating to have experienced the city’s transformation into the world’s most liveable city. He is passionate about helping to generate sustainable growth so that Wellington’s vibrancy is underpinned by a strong economic, export and employment foundation.

Jo Healey General Manager, Intergen

Jo is currently Intergen General Manager, having previously been Sales NZ Global Technology Services for IBM New Zealand and Chief Executive for Dimension Data and for Fujitsu. She has worked in a range of leadership roles both in NZ and overseas and is driven by providing great experiences for clients and their customers.

As Director of Business Central, EMAC, and the President of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Jo is an engaged mentor and coach. She is also a strong supporter for the growth of Women in Tech and has previously been engaged on the Ministerial New Zealand CyberSkills Taskforce, and a Board Member for NZTech.

Adele Rose 3R Group Limited

Adele is the Chief Executive of 3R Group Ltd with over 12-years management experience and nine years directly related to the development of waste solutions for environmental and economic benefit across a range of industries.

Governance Experience

  • Ministry For The Environment National Resource Recovery Project Taskforce
  • Sustainable Business Council’s Council Member & Member Of The Zero Carbon Climate Action Group
  • Sustainable Business Council, Chair Of The Waste Minimisation Workshops (Resource Efficiency In The Value Chain Stream) And Member Of The Waste Governance Group
  • Sustainable Business Network’s Hawke’s Bay Business Connector
  • Session Chair Of The Waste Electronic And Electrical Equipment Workshop (2014) And The Product Stewardship Workshop (2014) For The Wasteminz Industry Conference
  • Hawke’s Bay Chamber Of Commerce Past Board Member (Vice President)

Claire Pedley CB Norwood

As General Manager – Business Capability at CB Norwood, Claire leads a diverse portfolio of functions including Organisational Development, Human Resources, Health & Safety and Information Services. Claire brings commitment, enthusiasm and positive energy to both her professional and personal life. She has a strong drive to challenge herself and push beyond her comfort zone, with a willingness to seek out new opportunities to continually develop both personally and professionally, thriving in an environment where she is challenged to grow.

Saia Mataele- PwC

Saia is passionate about enabling and connecting people, and achieving equitable outcomes. He is currently a Management Consultant at PwC, where he provides advice and support for clients both in the Private and Public sector. A key area of his work is focused on regional economic development.

Prior to PwC, Siosaia was a Student Navigator at TupuToa, securing and promoting professional opportunities for Maori and Pasifika students, Director of MadPacific (e-commerce platform in the Pacific) and co-founded a social enterprise focusing on Maori and Pasifika empowerment. He has also held a number of internship positions at Accident Compensation Corporation and Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment.

Outside of work, he currently serves on various boards including a trust that provides Digital Inclusion leadership in Aotearoa and is actively involved in community initiatives and in the start-up scene.

Siosaia holds a Bachelor of Law, and Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours, completed at the University of Auckland.

Mahi Tangaere NZeducateme

Mahi Tangaere has worked in diverse roles including Foreshore and Seabed negotiations, and in the education and immigration sectors for over 15 years.  She is currently a solicitor at Cottrell Law where she has worked since 2010.

Mahi’s variety of administrative roles has provided her with a unique insight into New Zealand’s regulatory frameworks and educational landscape.

Mahi has her own business - NZeducateme.  The company provides placements services for people wishing to study in New Zealand and has developed bespoke courses to help migrants integrate and develop skill sets which are relevant in the New Zealand environment.

Mahi’s focus emphasises that the core value systems of Maori and most Asian countries are similar or complimentary. This enables the development of business relationships for long term mutual benefit.

Mahi is a member and current Convenor of the Wellington Immigration and Refugee Law Committee. She has been on the Executive Committee of the ASEAN New Zealand Business Council for the last three years and is their current Vietnam Chapter Chair. She is also a member of the New Zealand Association of Immigration Professionals.

Mahi is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and enjoys a game of hockey.