Chamber appoints Sheldrake as its first CEO

Sheldrake stood out from a field of "excellent" candidates

Sheldrake stood out from a field of "excellent" candidates

READY FOR CHAMBER CHALLENGE: Terry Sheldrake has become the first chief executive of the Gisborne Chamber of Commerce. File picture

FOR the first time in its history, Gisborne Chamber of Commerce has appointed a chief executive to head the organisation. Businessman, former Gisborne District Council candidate and International Triathlon Union executive board member Terry Sheldrake has been appointed to the role and will take the reins immediately.

“This is the first chief executive the Gisborne chamber has employed, and reflects the importance we’re placing on delivering extra value, wider services, independent advocacy, training and events for our members,” chamber president Gavin Murphy said.

“As part of a strategic review, we identified the need for a senior leader with the vision, networks and business smarts to represent, support and advocate for our members.”

Mr Murphy said Mr Sheldrake stood out from a field of “excellent” candidates.

“He has a global view and local experience. His track record of getting things done will translate into an even more proactive chamber that plays a vital role as the independent voice of business.”

Mr Sheldrake runs sporting events company TMS Sport Promotions with wife Kathy, and has been the event director of over 350 multisport events internationally and within New Zealand.

He also sits on the ITU executive board, and will play a key role in further globalising the sport in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Mr Sheldrake was the chief executive of the Eastland Sports Foundation — now Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti — for 13 years, setting up the organisation from scratch 25 years ago.

Mr Sheldrake said he looked forward to the challenge and working for the chamber’s members.

“Business is the heart of all communities, and the opportunity to work on their behalf is what attracted me to apply for this role,” he said “As a chamber member myself, I understand the collective benefits that an active Gisborne chamber can bring to our businesses and wider community.

“The fact that the chamber is an independent body and sits apart from other community organisations such as the Gisborne District Council is a strength for business. It’s further empowering when communicating as a collective voice for Gisborne businesses.”

FOR the first time in its history, Gisborne Chamber of Commerce has appointed a chief executive to head the organisation. Businessman, former Gisborne District Council candidate and International Triathlon Union executive board member Terry Sheldrake has been appointed to the role and will take the reins immediately.

“This is the first chief executive the Gisborne chamber has employed, and reflects the importance we’re placing on delivering extra value, wider services, independent advocacy, training and events for our members,” chamber president Gavin Murphy said.

“As part of a strategic review, we identified the need for a senior leader with the vision, networks and business smarts to represent, support and advocate for our members.”

Mr Murphy said Mr Sheldrake stood out from a field of “excellent” candidates.

“He has a global view and local experience. His track record of getting things done will translate into an even more proactive chamber that plays a vital role as the independent voice of business.”

Mr Sheldrake runs sporting events company TMS Sport Promotions with wife Kathy, and has been the event director of over 350 multisport events internationally and within New Zealand.

He also sits on the ITU executive board, and will play a key role in further globalising the sport in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Mr Sheldrake was the chief executive of the Eastland Sports Foundation — now Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti — for 13 years, setting up the organisation from scratch 25 years ago.

Mr Sheldrake said he looked forward to the challenge and working for the chamber’s members.

“Business is the heart of all communities, and the opportunity to work on their behalf is what attracted me to apply for this role,” he said “As a chamber member myself, I understand the collective benefits that an active Gisborne chamber can bring to our businesses and wider community.

“The fact that the chamber is an independent body and sits apart from other community organisations such as the Gisborne District Council is a strength for business. It’s further empowering when communicating as a collective voice for Gisborne businesses.”

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