We are a network of women helping women grow in their businesses and careers by providing a forum to share ideas, experiences and inspiration. As a Tauranga Chamber of Commerce network, we also offer access to a wide range of training workshops available through the Chamber.
Our main focus is to encourage more women into business roles or into the next step in the development of their business. We want to help our members enhance their business capability and positively influence the environment for women in business in this region.
Mary is a litigator specialising in local government, resource management and fair trading law. Mary and husband, Matt, moved to Tauranga from Auckland thirteen years ago and live at the Mount with their two young sons.
Mary is a past Board member of the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce and has sat on the Chamber’s Business Women’s Network sub-committee and Conference Organising committee for the past ten years.
Gemma is the Marketing Manager at Tui Products based in Mount Maunganui. Gemma and her husband, Jordan, came to Tauranga after moving back from London eight years ago, and now live in the Mount with their two young daughters and miniature schnauzer.
Supporting and promoting women to excel in business is important to Gemma and she is excited to have the opportunity to join a committee championing this.
Outside of work you’ll find Gemma with family and friends making the most of our beautiful environment in the Bay.
Jeanette Mindham joined the Chamber in March 2017. As well as looking after the Business Women’s Network, Jeanette’s role includes managing the Chamber’s business training, Business After 5 events and email promotions.
Jeanette has a background working in business development, and she enjoys working with business owners to help them build their capabilities to achieve their goals. She has lived in the Bay for the past ten years with her husband and two daughters.
When she is not working or playing taxi driver to her daughters, Jeanette enjoys grabbing a moment to herself for a run, cycle or swim in order to keep fit.
In 2005, Michaela saw an opportunity to start an approachable agency that could offer fresh, innovative, creative and astute marketing. And so Design Juice was born.
Michaela also owns The Vinyl Room, a business producing designer wall vinyls that offer a simple and effective way to decorate interior spaces.
Michaela and husband Matt have lived in the Mount for 20 years and have three young children. In her spare time she loves to go boating with family and friends.
Natalie manages a diverse range of clients that span many industries in her role at YRW. She takes great pleasure in seeing her clients’ businesses develop and is also passionate about seeing women in business thrive.
Natalie has been a keen committee member of the Business Women’s Network for the past five years.
Rebecca leads the Landscape and Planning teams for the Tauranga office at Boffa Miskell. Having lived in the wider Bay of Plenty for most of her life, Rebecca resides in Tauranga with her husband and two children and enjoys the work/life balance Tauranga offers.
Rebecca brings her experience in voluntary roles for sports and health organisations and organising associated events. Celebrating and supporting women in business in all sectors is a core focus for Rebecca, and she is excited to be part of another inspirational conference.
Amanda is a Health and Safety consultant who runs her own company, Pillar Consulting – a boutique H&S/HR consulting business. Amanda and her husband Mike moved to Tauranga (Mike’s home town) with their two young children in February 2017, after spending 5 years living in Australia and Wellington prior to that.
Through starting her own business earlier in 2017 and networking via the Chamber of Commerce, Amanda is very excited to be part of the Business Women’s Network committee.
Bridget is an Investment Advisor at Craigs Investment Partners and has been with the company for 17 years. She is one of the co-ordinators of the Craigs Women’s Wealth Breakfast programme.
Outside of work, Bridget is on the committee of the Friends of the Tauranga Art Gallery. She is married to Murray and has a teenage son, Ethan. She enjoys playing tennis and you will see her up and down the Mount, and generally enjoying the beautiful Bay of Plenty. Bridget also spends time visiting family and friends (and shopping) in Melbourne.
Kim Ancell has had an extensive career in sales, advertising and marketing. As well as having worked in advertising agencies Kim has held senior positions within some of the largest media organisations in New Zealand.
Kim now works for Sun Media as the Sales Manager running a team of advertising consultants providing multi-media solutions across their print and digital platforms. Kim is proud to be working for a locally owned and operated business that serves the Tauranga community so well. Kim also enjoys working the myriad of brands from the Weekend Sun to SunLive and the recently launched Tauranga City app.
In her spare time, you can find Kim at the gym or out with friends walking and exploring the many beautiful sights Tauranga has to offer.
Tanya is a specialist commercial / corporate lawyer who helps businesses with all things law related. She enjoys the variety and challenges associated with advising business from a wide range of industries.
Tanya has lived in Tauranga for the past 10 years, after stints in Melbourne and Wellington, and she loves the lifestyle that living in the Bay provides to her and young daughters. Tanya is passionate about women taking the lead in business and the community and is excited to be part of the BWN committee.