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Chamber Councillors

Bronwyn Paul
Wanganui Chamber of Commerce President
Co-Owner of Wanganui Security Services
Celebrating 25years in business.
The little spare time I get outside work, committees and other commitments is precious; catching up at home and with family and friends keeps me sane.  My more insane side is stimulated by being adrenalin junky, the faster, the higher, the more daring and I will be there!  Bungy Jumping is an all time favourite!!  Art and design feature high on my personal interests.  Time out is usually on the boat fishing on Lake Taupo or somewhere warm and tropical if we are out of the country.  

Chamber History
Chamber of Commerce member 11years.
Chamber of Commerce Council 6years
-Promotions committee
-Business Awards committee

Other Activities

  • St John Wanganui - Chairperson
  • Child Health Taskforce – Member

           - Service Incentive sub-committee
                 - Employment sub-committee

  • Cooks Gardens - Trustee
  • Wanganui Opera Week - Committee Member
  • Tartan Club funding support for Wanganui Brass - Committee Member
  • Neighbourhood Watch – Coordinator

Mark Simmonds – Councillor
Finance & Membership Committee

Co-Owner of Wanganui Security Services
Celebrating 25years in business.

By-Election Candidate
An independent candidate for this By-Election, most of you will know me as being committed to Wanganui, supporting decisions based on values and common sense.

Owner of Wanganui Security for 25years, I know the importance of a safe, stable community.   Bringing new business to Wanganui encourages employment and population growth, easing the ratepayer burden to support Wanganui’s future. 

Other Activities
My involvement as a member of UCOL WRAC has enabled me to support the introduction of industry based skill courses.   During my 3year term as President of Chamber of Commerce I worked hard to represent the Wanganui business community regionally and nationally. 

I have the experience and ability to get on and work with people from all walks of life.  

A straight talker, where action speaks louder than words.

Alan Cooper – Councillor
Strategic Direction Committee (Chair)

Owner of Cooper Consultancy
Alan Cooper began work in Dalgety and Co in Wanganui in 1954. Apart from teaching he also served in the New Zealand army in both the RF and TF retiring with the rank of Major. However, he would be best known for his 17 years as principal of St George’s School during which time the school gained international recognition.

Currently he is a part time tutor with the Christchurch College of Education in Multiple Intelligences, and operates Cooper Consultancy mainly involved in educational work and management advice. He writes regularly for educational magazines both in New Zealand and overseas, has contributed chapters to three recent American books for education, is an active member of the Australian Schools Internet Network for Habits of Mind (thinking skills), and presents at various national and international seminars from time to time, including having a paper accepted for presentation at the World Thinking Conference in Sweden in June 20007.

Academic qualifications include two degrees (Batchelor of Arts from Victoria and Batchelor of Education from Massey) and a Diploma in Teaching. He is also an Associate of the New Zealand Institute of Management.

Community involvement has been wide and includes sporting organisations, youth organizations, the Whanganui Regional Museum, rotary, and politics.

He is married to Margaret and has three sons and one daughter.

Derek Gadsby – Councillor
Finance & Membership Committee

David Lewis – Councillor
Finance & Membership Committee

Owner DML House Inspection Service Ltd
I have been in the building industry all my life though I would have liked to have done something totally different, even for a short time.

In 1973 I left Wales for New Zealand with my wife and son, and settled in Palmerston North where I worked for McMillan & Lockwood.

I moved to Wanganui in 1980, again with McMillan & Lockwood with whom I worked for 18 years.

Our son is now married and we have gained a daughter in law and two grandchildren living and working in Wanganui.

I started DML Builders in 1991 and stepped aside in 2003. I now concentrate on Building Inspections. DML House Inspection Service Ltd. Cover a range of inspections such as Pre Purchase Inspections, Safe and Sanitary Inspections where a house owner has carried out work without a building consent, and leaking buildings particularly for WHRS.

I work from an office at my home with fantastic views North to Ruhapehu.

I have a variety of interests and as well as a Member of the Chamber, I am a member of the

  • Marist Rugby Football Club
  • Wanganui Pistol Club
  • Masonic Lodge
  • Wanganui Ulysses Club
  • Wanganui Master Builders and
  • New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors

I am a past executive member of Wanganui Employers Association; and Past President of Wanganui Master Builders.

Paula Wade – Councillor
Business Awards Committee

Lindsay Watkins – Councillor
Finance & Membership Committee (Chair)

Simon Cairncross – Councillor
Finance & Membership Committee

Investment Advisor at ABN AMRO Craigs
Simon was born and bred in Wanganui, and left when he was 18 years old to pursue a university degree in Dunedin. After working in the financial industry in Auckland and becoming a qualified accountant, he left NZ to experience overseas life. He was involved in various accounting roles in the UK & the Caribbean for eight years, as well as exploring the world. On the sports front Simon gained several international rugby caps with the Cayman Islands and participated in the 2007 rugby world cup qualifiers. He has now returned to Wanganui with his wife and two young daughters, and is settling well into local life. Simon joined the ABN AMRO Craigs team as an investment advisor in January 2006. His personal interests include sports, running, fly fishing, and wine tasting.

Mike Bates – Councillor
Business Awards Committee

Hiya, I’m Mike, I left school at 16 and did a Plumbing & Gasfitting Apprentice in Wanganui. A week after completing my Apprenticeship I started my own business, Mike Bates Plumbers Ltd. I worked from an old sliding door Bedford van in 1979. So here we are 30 years later.

We do Maintenance, Contract Plumbing, Gasfitting, Drainlaying, Roofing and Painting. We are a very strong “family” based business, by this I mean we are a close team that works hard together. So give us a ring on 06-3458034.


Jenny Duncan – Councillor
Promotion & Education Committee

Owner of Growth Factor Ltd
Jenny has lived in Wanganui for more than 30 years and raised her family here. She is a qualified chartered accountant with an MBA and for the last six years has run her own business coaching company. More recently Jenny has become seriously involved with property investing. Together with partner Mark they own a considerable residential portfolio both in New Zealand and off shore. Property trading and renovating, mentoring and finding properties for other investors also feature. They also run a box hedging nursery from their lifestyle block in Westmere, sending plants New Zealand wide.

Jenny is a past board member of Enterprise Wanganui, a current board member of Youth Services Trust, Wanganui and is actively involved in global poverty reduction initiatives. Most preferred activities are overseas travel, reading and spending time with family, especially grandchildren.

Andy Jarden – Councillor
Strategic Direction Committee

Wanganui Chronicle General Manager
Wholly owned subsidiary of APN [Australian Provincial Newspapers]

The Wanganui Chronicle is one of Wanganui's oldest and most successful business being the only newspaper in NZ to have achieved the milestone of 150 years of proud publishing history, celebrated our 150th birthday in Sept 06.

The Chronicle is also one of Australasia's most awarded newspapers, winning the coveted PANPA [Pacific Area Newspapers Assn] Newspaper of the year award in 2003.

Personal Details
Married to Marie Jarden [Clinical Nurse Leader Bakewell Ward GHW] , with three adult daughters.
Weekend Deer Farmer -Omana Deer Farm - 110 acres- Papaiti Rd , RD 14 Wanganui, ph 06-3482326
Leisure Interests ;outdoors- hunting fishing tramping, occasionally golf.

Trade Associations
Wanganui Chamber of Commerce President- 1999 & 2000
NZ Chamber of Commerce [NZCCI] Board Member , representing regional chambers at national level; 2000 to 2002.
Wanganui Economic Development Board [ Wedco] board member for 3 years
Wanganui Business Development Board [BDB] member 3 years
National Councillor on NZ Printing Industries Council-chairing Industrial Committee -4 years.
Newspaper Publishers Assn [NPA] representative on the NZ Circulation Audit Bureau Committee. -12 years.
Chairman Wairoa Businessmens Assn -3 years
Secretary- Central Regions Deerfarmers Assn. 2006

Louise Oskam – Councillor

Louise is the Practice Manager for Doyles and Associates, The Accountants. Having worked 25 years in the at Wanganui hospital, first as a Physiotherapist then as a manager, Louise has now moved into the private sector. Initially, working in SME governance as well as a Trainer in LEAN Thinking, she has now turned her focus to her role at Doyles.  Louise has a passion for Wanganui not only because she and husband Peter have raised their family, of three boys, here but because Whanganui has so much to offer both for families and the business community.

Along with being on the Chairman of the Whanganui Disability Resource Centre Board Louise is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, Human Resources Institute of New Zealand.

In her spare time Louise is a keen hockey player and mountain biker.









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