Introducing management

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

CHIEF EXECUTIVE

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. He is committed to the objectives of diversity in the workplace and achieving greater work-life balance. 

Prior to his time with Auckland Chamber Michael spent 15 years within... Read more.


 09 302 9916
E  mbarnett@chamber.co.nz

John Lawrence

John Lawrence

FINANCE MANAGER

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

EMPLOYMENT GENERAL MANAGER

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

Yvette Hellyer

Yvette Hellyer

GENERAL MANAGER - OPERATION

Yvette’s focus is managing the Chamber’s key relationships and partnerships along with overseeing the organisation’s operations.

Yvette is responsible for the relationships with the Chamber’s Alliance Partners as well as managing the Chamber’s partnership programmes with ATEED including Business Mentors, the Westpac Business Awards and the Young Enterprise Scheme.

Yvette has an impressive career background in business and economic development as well as strategic local government experience. Yvette has been with the Chamber since 2015.


 09 375 3948
E  yhellyer@chamber.co.nz

Natalie Woodbridge

Natalie Woodbridge

EVENTS MANAGER

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