Mainstreet Whanganui Executive Board

Mark Simmonds (Chair) Business and Property  Owner Mark has lived in Whanganui  since moving here at the age of 17. He has been involved in local business for over 40 years. He has a history of community service having been a JP for many years and an involvement in Rotary and the Whanganui Chamber of […]

Mark SimmondsMark Simmonds (Chair)

Business and Property  Owner

Mark has lived in Whanganui  since moving here at the age of 17. He has been involved in local business for over 40 years. He has a history of community service having been a JP for many years and an involvement in Rotary and the Whanganui Chamber of Commerce. Mark and his wife Bronwyn are business and property owners having bought and renovated the Edwardian building Heritage House. Mark is the current Chair of Mainstreet and is passionate about the City and the Town Centre.

 

 

Stephen LaceStephen Paul Lace (Treasurer)

Business and Property Owner

I’ve been involved with Mainstreet since inception serving as Executive Board member for the 27 or so years of existence with primary responsibility being for the finances. On returning to Whanganui after 10 years away I was motivated to help Mainstreet establish by the “  then poor “  condition of the CBD. I am  proud of Mainstreet’s many achievements under a succession of capable Chairs and of the strong financial position which gives the organisation the credibility to employ and retain personnel of high calibre. I am a Chartered Accountant and operate my practice within the CBD also taking an active interest in preserving our historic buildings and unique streetscape.

 

John AndersonJohn Anderson (Design and Heritage Chair)

Business and Property Owner

 I have witnessed the ebb and flow of Whanganui’s economic and political fortunes from the point of view of working at street level in Victoria Avenue for the past 40 years. Wanganui Furnishers has now been operating for over 100 years and is into its fourth generation of Anderson family members. I am encouraged by the renaissance of Whanganui that is being generated by nett gains in population once more and believe as long term residents we could do more to welcome a wider diversity of new people to create a truly vibrant town. My previous roles/ community interests include District Councillor, President Wanganui Retailers Association, Chamber of Commerce Executive, Museum Board, membership of Architectural Heritage, Friends of Queen’s Park, Friends of the Whanganui River, Friends of the Sarjeant Gallery.

 

Pat ClayPat Clay (Deputy Chair)

Business Owner

A career as an accountant led to Pat living in the UK and the US before returning to NZ and a change of career.  After establishing Inkt online, Pat and his wife decided it was time to return to his roots and chose to live in Whanganui.  Though we didn’t know it at the time, the work of Mainstreet was a key part of our decision in where to live.  Inkt has since opened a store on Victoria Ave, and has been well supported both by locals and visitors.

Des Healy

Business and Building Owner

I have been a member of Mainstreet for nearly 19 years.  As well as managing Central City Pharmacy we own the Category 2 heritage building and so I understand the value of heritage buildings and also the issues owners of such buildings face. I want to develop some new ideas of linking and promoting our design and heritage with retail activity e.g. “Christmas Market”/market town concept.
This organisation must be relevant to today’s members. The recommendations of the strategic review should be implemented. It needs to deliver outcomes so that each and every member can feel they are getting some value from their membership.

Rachel Brandon

Business and Building Owner

I have been a building owner and Mainstreet retailer for the past five years. I feel it is important to have board members who understand the role of Mainstreet from the other side of the table.

Tony Guthrie

Business Owner

I have lived in Wanganui all my life and am very passionate about Wanganui.
Retailing for 30+ years. Self-employed for 17 years. Currently owner/operator of Just Looking with my wife Deborah. 

Russell Duggan
Associate Member

Born in Whanganui. Seven years working in commercial real estate. Currently Bayles Sales manager Whanganui. Extensive Management experience. HR and procurement experience. Executive member for the past two years.

Stewart Gray
Associate Member

I have worked as a labourer intermittently in the Mainstreet area from the period 1969-2014. I was secretary of the Wanganui Drivers Union for 4 years. During which time I was solely in charge of the Unions affairs which included managing its finances, conducting meetings, representing workers at personal grievance hearings, arranging seminars and the other myriad duties associated with Union work. I have also served on the Whanganui Boys College board of Governors and on the Distance Education Technical Advisory Committee.

Christina Emery
Associate Member

I am the manager of MediaWorks Whanganui (More FM + 6 other stations) and I am very passionate about our local community. I love seeing businesses grow and succeed and I love seeing the local Whanganui economy go from strength to strength.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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