Business Central Council

The Business Central Council 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 Global Technology Services Lead for IBM New Zealand

Jo is a proven senior people and business leader with extensive experience in a breadth of industry sectors. Known for results achieved, team cultures shaped and extensive network held across NZ business and the IT industry. She has been described as a passionate “create and shape” person possessing high levels of energy and confidence.

Currently leading Global Technology Services for IBM New Zealand, and previously as Chief Executive for Dimension Data and for Fujitsu, and in prior roles, Jo has led teams and organisations to deliver great experiences for clients and their customers. Jo ia on the Ministerial New Zealand CyberSkills Taskforce, and has previously been on the Board of NZTech. She is an engaged mentor and coach, a strong supporter for diversity and for the growth of Women in the tech sector, and in business.

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.