Stephen 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.
Born and educated in Wanganui, I returned here four years ago to be closer to family after having an international sales management career and more recently an import business in the furnishing and textile industry. With experience in real estate and extensive success in sales and negotiation, working to help people has always excited me and I now have the opportunity to combine my love of the Wanganui community in this market.
Director, Balance Chartered Accountants Limited, Wanganui.
I have been in the professional service environment for over twenty years and get most satisfaction out of providing solutions to problems and creating success for my clients. Building and improving businesses is my passion. My business is part of Balance Group which also provides governance, strategic planning, financial & risk management and process efficiency services. We are currently providing services to clients throughout New Zealand and overseas including Marketing and Design services which is supported by Katy Beadle. Balance is an associate member of Mainstreet and supports a number of clients in the CBD. I am born and bred in Wanganui and moved the family here, from Auckland, in 2007 and we love it. One of the catalysts for our decision was the vibrant town centre which I am passionate about seeing supported and further developed. Whanganui presents opportunities and lifestyle that other centres can only envy and this includes its Mainstreet. I’m particularly excited about to playing a part in the strategic revitalisation, relevance and direction of Mainstreet.
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.
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.
Business and Building Owner
I have been a member of Mainstreet for nearly 19 years and I am standing for the position of Chair of the Design and Heritage Committee. 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. The Design and Heritage role of Mainstreet should be to complement the council led Rejuvenation Strategy. It should promote and advocate for our heritage and I will be calling for expressions of interest from the main membership of our organisation to join the committee. 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 todays 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.