Thursday, 14th June, 2018

The Nelson Tasman and Marlborough Chambers of Commerce Chief Executive Grant Kerr is stepping down from his position to take up a new role at NMIT.

Grant has accepted the position of Executive Director, Strategy, Enterprise and Sustainability at NMIT, and will start transitioning into this role from mid-September. He will continue to support both Chambers in the lead up to the Business Awards held in each region in November.

“I’d like to thank Grant for the wonderful job he has done as CEO of both Chambers, leading their re-invigoration and providing members with real value and benefits” said Lees Seymour, Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Board President.

“Since Grant joined the Chamber in February 2017, he has introduced a new strategy and direction for the Nelson Tasman Chamber, built excellent working relationships with NRDA and NMIT, breathed new life into the Chamber brand, and introduced a new format for the 30th anniversary of the Business Awards this year. He has also spearheaded the resource-sharing agreement with the Marlborough Chamber to provide a top of the south approach.”

Both the Nelson Tasman and Marlborough Chamber of Commerce Boards are committed to ensuring the ongoing relationship between both Chambers and will be looking to a new Chief Executive to continue to lead both Chambers and build on the solid platform that has been set.

“Grant will have been leading the Marlborough Chamber for 12 months when he starts to transition to his new role in September. He has been instrumental in helping to bolster the Marlborough Chamber, and I know our members are starting to feel the benefits of joint leadership and shared resource across both Chambers. It is with regret that he is stepping down from the Chambers, but we look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role at NMIT” said Nita Van Grinsven, Marlborough Chamber of Commerce Board President.

Grant’s new role will keep him working strategically across both regions as he will hold responsibility for the strategy for NMIT.

“NMIT is at an exciting point in our journey.  We were overwhelmed with the high level and calibre of applications for the role of Executive Director. We are delighted to have him join our Executive Team later this year and are pleased that he will bring with him a huge amount of experience, knowledge and passion. 

“As part of his role Grant will be responsible for ensuring NMIT remains focused on strategy, enterprise and sustainability therefore it goes without saying that Grant will be required to collaborate with a vast number of stakeholders including both Chambers so they’re not losing him completely.” said Liam Sloan, Chief Executive, NMIT.

The move was not a decision Grant has taken lightly. “This was an incredibly difficult decision for me, and not one that I was expecting to make at this point on my Chamber journey. It has been a privilege to get to know so many members who are making enormous contributions to both region’s economies. I am confident I have set a solid direction for the next Chamber leader to build on, with the assistance of the fantastic teams and Board members of both Chambers” said Grant.

The steering committee, made up of Board members from both Chambers, will be working through the recruitment process over the next few weeks, and will go to market to seek a high calibre person to take the lead and continue the growth of both Chambers.

“Both the Nelson Tasman and Marlborough Chambers thank Grant and the teams for doing such a great job, and we look forward to working with Grant over the new few months and through his transition period. At the time he leaves we will celebrate his contribution in an appropriate manner” said Lees.