Board of Directors

Mark Skelly, President

Owner, Red Hot Business Coaching

Mark passionately believes that the Hutt Valley is an amazing place to grow a thriving business and raise a family. He co-founded Red Hot Business Coaching here in the valley 10 years ago and has had the privilege of helping many individual owners remove the barriers to growth in their businesses over that time. Mark’s career has included a number of senior management roles with nation-wide responsibilities.

Mark and his wife Megan have two children, and he has been on the board of Wa Ora Montessori School for the past 7 years. He is known for making things happen.

Dave Morgan, Vice President

Principal of LINK Business Broking - Wellington

Dave has had a successful career as a business investor, spotting businesses in need of professional management and robust operating systems. He has bought and sold businesses in the tourism sector, retail sector and the service industry and has extensive experience operating multiple franchise outlets.

With considerable experience as a ‘hands off’ operator, Dave focuses more on the importance of strong business systems and quality training. This experience has helped him identify opportunities to develop the maximum return from his operations and extract the best price for his businesses.

As the Principal of the Wellington office of Link Business Broking, Dave and his team of brokers are at the forefront of helping the baby boomers exit their businesses and extract their capital from their enterprises. Link Wellington has been a platinum sponsor of the HVCC for the last 3 years and is actively involved with the Chamber.

Andy Barker

Owner of Media Giant and IT Company, Cloud Edge

Andy has worked in the IT industry since 2005. His career has covered the full spectrum of IT including helpdesk, trainer and engineer roles. Andy has also been the technical lead for big government organisations, running teams and working on multi-million-dollar IT projects.

Andy owns two Hutt Valley businesses, specialising in the IT, websites and graphic design sectors. Both businesses have grown substantially under Andy’s leadership.

Andy brings the perspective of the newer business community with him at 29 years of age and has the unique ability and proven experience to relate to a far wider audience. Andy heads a dedicated Team who work closely with a large client base from all industry sectors. Andy is proud to put himself forward for the Board of the Chamber.

Hayden Kirk

Owner of IT Company, Layer3

Hayden is the Owner/Director of Layer3 Ltd. Layer3 is a Managed IT and Cloud Provider for businesses Nationwide.

Born and bred in the Hutt Valley, Hayden believes the Hutt Valley is an excellent place to set up business.

Hayden is passionate about IT and was excited to be elected to the Technology Valley Board in May 2016. Hayden has a wealth of knowledge in IT and looks forward to working with members to make the Hutt Valley a thriving hub in the ICT sector.

Hayden has successfully run Layer3 for 12 years and feels he can add real value and knowledge to the Chamber Board.

Tony McKone

Owner of Employee Relations Company, McKone Consultancy

As the owner of a successful small business, I look forward to having the opportunity to connect businesses, people and the truth as a member of the Board for the Chamber.  I bring nine years of governance experience to the Board, as well as knowledge, skills and experience built up over the last 40 years as a business owner, former senior manager in the public sector and as a senior HR practitioner.  I am a Chartered Fellow of the HR Institute, a Certificate Holder of the Association of Workplace Investigators and hold a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies.

June Ranson

Managing Director of Licensed Immigration Advisors, Woburn International

June has lived and worked in a number of overseas countries in a variety of Industries. June established Woburn International Ltd in 1991, which is based in Lower Hutt.

June’s role in Woburn International as well as Managing director, is primarily immigration but June also plays a major role in the cultural awareness side and over the years has enjoyed helping many families to adjust to their new life and their changed circumstances. June has been appointed Board Vice Chairman to NZ Association for Migration and Investment. With more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, June has worked with hundreds of other career professionals to help them develop and refine their skills, knowledge and expertise across a wide range of disciplines essential for success in our industry.

June is married to Steve and they have a teenage daughter, Zara. June is an early riser and enjoys heading out most mornings for a walk with her lovely dog Mimi. In June’s spare time she enjoys being the pillion passenger on Steve’s Harley Davidson Motor Bike.

Dr Caroline Seelig

Chief Executive at The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand Limited

Dr Caroline Seelig has lived and worked in the Hutt Valley since 2008.

Caroline has over 25 years’ experience as a senior manager in New Zealand’s tertiary education sector. Since 2009, she has been the Chief Executive of Open Polytechnic, which is proud to be a major employer in the Hutt Valley and a leader in the field of open and distance learning.

Caroline has led institutional strategic and investment planning, and overseen flexible learning, teaching and delivery units, academic portfolio development, quality management and student support. She has also been involved in a wide range of successful collaborative initiatives to drive change and innovation.

Caroline is a Board member of ESA Publications Ltd, Learning Works, and has recently been appointed by MFAT as New Zealand’s representative on the Commonwealth of Learning (CoL) Board of Governors. She is a former board member of the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce, a previous Chair of Technology Valley, and welcomed the opportunity to be reappointed to the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce Board in 2020.

Sarah Wilson

Director, Sarah Wilson Recruitment

Since 2000 Sarah has worked as a recruitment consultant, specialising in the manufacturing and trades sectors. Two years ago, she took the brave step of establishing her own business, helping mid-sized, New Zealand-owned businesses to attract, employ and retain the people they need to succeed.

Rather than following the traditional recruitment model, Sarah works closely with business owners to provide recruitment services at every level of their organisations. This has given her a unique perspective on the challenges and rewards that come with business ownership – and highlighted her clients’ needs for practical, meaningful support.

It was Sarah’s commitment to service excellence and her interest in helping others that led to her involvement with Youth Inspire and the Hutt Valley Education to Employment Coordination Service. She’s now a passionate advocate for young people in the Hutt Valley area and thrives on using her professional skills to support them in search for employment.

Having grown up in the Hutt Valley, Sarah’s determined to help the area to thrive. She’s proud to be associated with the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce – an organisation that supports local businesses with practical and meaningful support.