Who is the Team?

Helen Down

CEO

Helen has been Hutt Valley of Chamber of Commerce CEO since 2018. She is extremely passionate about local business, having worked with local business owners for many years, while also running her own businesses. Helen regularly meets with both local and central government, to promote the needs of the local business community.

The covid lockdown fast-tracked some very excellent relationships that have made it much easier to get stuff done and respond well in an extremely challenging situation. We formed some solid, trusting relationships worth more than we ever could have expected, the benefits of which will continue long into the future. Helen continues to be truly inspired by the resilience, innovation and enthusiasm of our business community.

Amanda Walters

Education to Employment Coordinator

Amanda is the Education to Employment Coordinator for the Hutt Valley. She has extensive experience in working with both schools, employers and MoE, having previously undertaken a similar role within the Porirua area. She has worked at Secondary schools, within the Supported Learning and Careers Advisor areas and taught both adults and youth at Whitireia.

Amanda has a passion for ensuring youth have all the information that they need with regards to careers and further training opportunities, to ensure they are well prepared and successful in their chosen career pathway. She is looking forward to working with both the schools, students and employers in the vibrant and positive Hutt Community. Contact Amanda by calling 04 939 9821 or email amanda@hvchamber.org.nz.

Raewyn Langford

Senior Marketing Coordinator/Digital Marketer

Raewyn works closely with our CEO to design and implement the Hutt Valley Chamber’s marketing strategy. She takes care of our digital communications and marketing activities, from website content to email newsletters and social media. She is also our inhouse graphic designer.

If you are not yet listed in our online Members Directory or if you have a Members Marketplace offer you would like to share with other Chamber members, feel free to contact Raewyn directly on raewyn@hvchamber.org.nz. She would be happy to help you promote your business to other Chamber members as part of your membership.

Annette Wasson

Events & Training Coordinator

As Events and Training Coordinator, Annette manages the delivery of the Chamber’s events and business training workshops. Annette also works closely with our Members and Partners to deliver services and run events.

Annette has worked in hospitality and events in Wellington and overseas for a number of years. Passionate about customer service and guest experience and with extensive experience in event coordination and event delivery, Annette thrives on organising and running successful events.

Fiona Mawley

Finance and Project Management

Fiona has joined the HVCC team to support the delivery of the objectives of the Chamber’s COVID-19 Recovery and Support programme to the local business community. Fiona will ensure that our accounting processes are efficient and on target with our current and future strategic plans and objectives. Her role is to provide day to day care for Chamber Members, non-members, Partners and Stakeholders, while providing excellent value to all members.

Fiona is Hawke’s Bay born and bred and is now a “big city” girl who brings with her a wealth of knowledge from governance to manufacturing and production. She looks forward to engaging with Hutt Valley Chamber Members and Partners and supporting Helen and the team. You can contact Fiona directly by emailing fiona@hvchamber.org.nz.

Rebecca Reid

Public Relations & Media

Rebecca is passionate about working with local businesses and driven to get their stories told in all forms of media. Rebecca is contracted to the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce to facilitate our advocacy work on behalf of the business community.

A former journalist, Rebecca has a strong news sense and knows how to tell a story and get it in front of an audience. Rebecca has 20+ years experience and owns her own company, Arriba PR. Rebecca is an important part of our team, ensuring promotion of the Hutt Valley Chamber’s advocacy work such as Manufacturing and Technology, Education to Employment and our Covid Support Programme.

Rebecca conducts interviews for us with local businesses and works directly with media outlets to support our comprehensive advocacy programme as a very loud voice for the business community.