Board Members

The Southland Chamber of Commerce Board is elected annually and consists of local business people. For information about becoming a board member of the Chamber, please contact us.

Chris Hughes

MPE Limited

Born and raised in Southland Chris has lived and worked here his entire career except for a 2 ½ year secondment in Auckland. Married with 5 girls he is a family orientated person who wants to ensure our regions success for ours and future generations.

Amongst other roles Chris has worked for a large corporate company in senior management positions and then Managing Director for a medium sized engineering business which he has now exited.  Currently he is Managing Director of another engineering business so is therefore acutely aware of what challenges businesses face in our current environment.

His vision is to help grow business and Southland’s economy, so it is a great place to live and work whilst also driving more vocational training to allow our youth to have opportunities and flourish.  His work as a Business Mentor coupled with working alongside Southland’s youth demonstrates his commitment not only to the region and growing Southland.inc, but also in developing our people for the future.  He is the chair of the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce and is also committed to continued learning and development of himself as a member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Other Board Members

Bronnie Chamberlain
Fiordland Business Association Committee
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Chris Blenkiron
New Zealand's Aluminium Smelter
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Helen Robinson
Hawthorndale Care Village
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