Michael Barnett, Chief Executive of the Auckland Business Chamber, leads a management team dedicated to developing the best platform for business in Auckland.

Michael Barnett

Michael Barnett


Michael Barnett is Chief Executive of the Auckland Business Chamber. He is a highly respected voice for business and has led the Chamber for more than 25 years.

In his role as CEO he leads a management team dedicated to fostering business success by providing a wide range of business advisory and support services to the business community.  Read more.

 09 302 9916
E  mbarnett@chamber.co.nz

John Lawrence

John Lawrence


As Finance Manager, John is responsible for the financial performance, administration and statutory reporting of the Auckland Business Chamber as well as its IT functionality.

John is a member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants with a background of senior finance roles in the wholesale and distribution industry for nearly 40 years. He has been with the Chamber since 2007.

 09 302 9912
E  jlawrence@chamber.co.nz

Leah Gates

Leah Gates


Leah heads up the Chamber’s highly regarded and very successful Employment Division.

Leah’s dedication to diversity and focus on enabling everyone to be a part of the workforce has seen her grow the division to its current status of supporting more than 1000 people into jobs every year – including youth, parents returning to the workforce, people with health and disabilities and migrants.

Her team of 20 passionate trainers, mentors and recruiters oversee an impressive stable of programmes - delivered in partnership with Government - that offer a wrap-around service providing... Read more.

P  09 263 8840
E   lgates@chamber.co.nz

Natalie Woodbridge

Natalie Woodbridge


Natalie is responsible for crafting and implementing the Chamber’s highly regarded Events and Training calendar, including the prestigious annual Westpac Auckland Business Awards. These awards celebrate innovation and creativity in the business sector and are a highlight of Auckland’s business calendar.

Natalie’s infamous creativity and enthusiasm ensures these events deliver on all levels for attendees: informative, practical and motivational.

She is passionate about the creation and development of events and training that will assist future-focussed, innovative companies. Customer service is a cornerstone and focus for all the events and training Natalie oversees, which are complemented by her background in brand planning... Read more.

P  09 302 9913
E  nwoodbridge@chamber.co.nz

Kelsey Rowe

Kelsey Rowe


Kelsey heads the Chamber’s Marketing Team and is responsible for all marketing and communication functions, servicing the Chamber departments in delivering and promoting their respective programmes and initiatives.

She is a confident marketer and articulate communicator with hands-on experience working across the entire marketing cycle and developing and delivering strategic communications. 

Having grown up in Auckland, she is passionate about the region. Through her work with the Chamber, she enjoys seeing Auckland businesses grow and the positive effects this has across the city. 

Kelsey joined the Chamber as Marketing Manager in February 2020. Prior to that she was Marketing and Communications Manager (and 2IC) at Auckland’s Stardome Observatory & Planetarium.

She has a Bachelor in Commerce with a Double Major in Marketing and Commercial Law.

P  09 302 9913
E  krowe@chamber.co.nz