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Newmarket Business Association Board
At the Association’s AGM on Wednesday 25th September 2013, we had received 14 nominees for the general positions on the board. Eight were duly elected to the Newmarket Business Association Board. The successful candidates were Regan Hall (Creative People), Greg Holland (Greg Holland Jewellery), Joanna Legat (Isabel Harris), James Nelson (277 Westfield), Megan Sadgrove (Smith and Caughey), Bridget Smith (Swarbrick Beck Mackinnon), Chris Snell (Workshop) and Carl Sowter, (Marley Loft).
The next AGM is in September 2014, where all members wil be invited to attend to have their say and vote, and any full member is eligible to stand for one of the eight contestable seats on the Board.
As a specialist employment lawyer, Bridget’s practice gives her a useful insight into the issues facing many Newmarket businesses. She is also able to give pragmatic advice to the Board regarding employment issues and other legal matters that arise from time to time.
Bridget is delighted to be appointed as Chair and aims to further build on the great work of the Board that she has been associated with over the last 12 months and to ensure that Newmarket is a great place to do business.
The Board appreciates Bridget's commitment during a busy year which saw her promoted to Partner at specialist employment law firm Swarbrick Beck Mackinnon, and spending long periods in Greymouth representing a participant in the Pike River Royal Commission of Inquiry.
Click to read an interview with Bridget Smith
Swarbrick Beck Mackinnon >
Carl Sowter became Treasurer of the Newmarket Business Association in 1998 and oversees the preparation of monthly and annual accounts (including liaising with the auditors), all IRD compliance issues, and regular meetings with the Newmarket team.
In addition to general business and tax accounting services, Carl has obtained a wealth of knowledge over the years regarding the Association and its dealings with Council and has extensive experience with community based Charitable Trusts and Not for Profits.
In 2012, along with two other investors, he took a 50% shareholding in Marley Loft who have been part of Newmarket since 1995. Carl enjoys shopping, dining and chardonnay in Newmarket.
Click to read an interview with Carl Sowter
Marley Loft >
Regan Hall is the founder and director of Creative People, an award winning design & digital agency that has been in Newmarket since it’s inception in 2006.
Having recently won the Marketing Excellence award at the BNZ Newmarket Business awards and being a finalist in the Best Business category, he believes his experience from growing my business through the tough economic times of the GFC will be just one of many attributes that he will bring to the board. With many of his company’s clients being in Newmarket, he has an excellent understanding of the differing needs of retail, hospitality and service businesses. Regan will ensure a solid and fair balance of the association’s resources go into each of these business types, as well as bringing a fresh, youthful approach to the board to help grow Newmarket’s presence as a business, retail and hospitality destination.
Creative People >
Greg believes that it is critical to continue with the current vision of establishing Newmarket as a world-class business hub and vibrant shopping and hospitality destination. He welcomes the opportunity to work constructively with an inspired Board and CEO to deliver the Newmarket of the future.
Having filled a temporary vacancy on the board in early 2012, Greg has been impressed with the strategic direction the association is taking and with the professionalism and drive of Ashley and his team.
As a member of the Newmarket community since 1986, and the owner of a small business which produces high quality fine jewellery, he brings an understanding of the need for aspiring to the highest possible standards through setting clear goals, and applying fresh thinking, commitment and enthusiasm to achieve those goals.
Click to read an interview with Greg Holland
Joanna is a longtime Newmarket retailer, having operated her store in Teed Street for over 8 years and feels passionately about the potential which she believe Newmarket has yet to achieve. Her retail background spans back over twenty years starting spanning both boutique business and large scale department stores.
She will strive to improve the street scapes in Newmarket, encourage more street planting, seating and generally upgrade Newmarket so that it reflects the quality retailers which inhabit the area.
Joanna believes that affordable, accessible parking is key to the viability of the Newmarket. The two hour free parking in the Westfield Carpark is the virtually the lifeblood of the Newmarket area.
Finally she would like to see more transparency and scrutiny of our Newmarket Promotions. She believes that Promotions should show an immediate uplift both in foot traffic and sales. She would like all Promotions to be reviewed by Retailers and assessed in a business like fashion.
Isabel Harris >
As a major stakeholder within Newmarket, Westfield has a vested interest in ensuring that this exciting premium destination continues to develop and grow into the future. James brings to the Newmarket Business Association a strong background in retail operations, financial and commercial management and he looks forward to the challenge of shaping the future of Newmarket.
A core function of James' role as Senior Centre Manager is to liaise with retailers and external business partners to deliver a high level of service, operational and financial outcomes. As a representative for a number of retailers in Newmarket, Westfield would also like to continue being active in the Newmarket business community, supporting fellow businesses and community groups.
Newmarket has been identified as a growth area, and over the next five years there is huge potential for businesses to grow and expand. Westfield believes that it is critical to continue working with the Association to ensure that Newmarket retains its reputation as the premium destination of choice for businesses and retailers alike.
Click to read an interview with James Nelson
Westfield 277 Newmarket >
Having worked for Smith and Caugheys for 11 years Megan is a true retailer who brings to the board a working knowledge of some of the world's most prestigious and recognisable brands.
She is very passionate about bricks and mortar retail, but also very aware of the ever-changing challenges we face in the sector, such as looking forward to the future, without forgetting the client in the showroom!
Over the last year Megan has been a vocal and forthright member of the board. She is passionate about Newmarket and has voiced her concern and admiration accordingly.
Smith & Caughey's >
As the National Retail Manager for Workshop Chris has over 25 years’ experience retailing in New Zealand & Australia, covering all aspects of retail including staff management, budgets & buying, PR & Marketing, tenancy negotiation and project management.
He brings to the board over 22 years direct retail experience in Newmarket
He firmly believes that despite competition from Sylvia Park, Britomart, Ponsonby, the CBD and the internet, Newmarket has unparalleled strengths in terms of its location, its old fashioned combination of street front retailing and on street parking and the sheer depth of its retail & hospitality offer.
Carefully managed, marketed & protected Newmarket has the potential to cement its position as Auckland’s premier retail, commercial and educational centre.
Chris values the opportunity to work with the rest of the board and represent the independent street front retailers & business owners.
Waitemata Local Board representative
Greg, in his role as Auckland Council representative, has forged strong links with the Association and its members.
As Financial Planner of the Year (1992), and the owner of New Zealand Financial Planning, Greg enjoys helping people to help themselves and is a firm believer in the need for New Zealanders to plan to ensure their future financial wellbeing. He believes he can provide this security to his clients by assisting them to adopt a sane, sound, sensible approach to the creation and protection of wealth.
Greg is a member of the Institute of Financial Advisers (IFA) and is both a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and a Certified Life Underwriter (CLU). He is currently the chair of the Northern Region Committee, and an expert witness for both court and disciplinary matters relating to the giving of financial advice.
As well as being active in Rotary, he is currently the Deputy Chair and a Trustee of the Leukaemia and Blood Foundation, a Director of Radio Lollipop and Chair of the Mt Albert Grammar School Board of Trustees.