Introducing the Board.

The Taupō Business Chamber is governed by a Board of senior directors and industry leaders, representing a wide range of industries across the Taupō region.  

The Board is chaired by President Amy Penn. 


Amy Penn - President

Amy Penn - President

I’m proud to say I have lived in Taupо̄ most of my life and in 2013 launched Build Taupо̄ alongside my husband Jon. As a local business owner, I understand how challenging the last few years have been, but have seen how resilient and strong our business…

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Daniel Deere - Vice President

Daniel Deere - Vice President

I am an innovative and performance-driven Entrepreneur with a deep passion for building relationships. I have travelled extensively around the world and developed business partnerships. Responsible for managing a diverse portfolio of businesses in the …

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Michelle Barnett - Treasurer

Michelle Barnett - Treasurer

After spending 5 years away from Taupō attending University in Hamilton and attempting city living in Auckland, I returned home to Taupō and started work at Strettons. I have been with Strettons over 15 years and am now a Director with a portfolio of cl…

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Abhinav Batta

Abhinav Batta

I came to Taupō in 2010 as a migrant and straight away fell in love with this town. After working in hospitality for nearly nine years, I opened my own restaurant, Incredible India. I’m proud to serve on the Taupо̄ Business Cham…

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Casey Brunsden

Casey Brunsden

Casey is an accomplished Sales & Marketer, BDM and Managing Director of Lil Something a Taupo based hospitality company. The majority of my career has been within the Tourism Industry based here in New Zealand & Australia. My most recent roles …

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Jess Nicholas

Jess Nicholas

Taupо̄ has been my home for over 10 years. Just one of the reasons I chose to move to this amazing region is the fantastic opportunities for young professionals who are focused on providing the best future for our vibrant community. With a background i…

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Johanna Avery

Johanna Avery

Born and bred in Taranaki, I relocated to Taupo in 2018 with my partner Liam. Taupo offers a fantastic social and outdoor environment which we consider ourselves very lucky to be able to enjoy.  My role at BNZ as an Agribusiness Partner enables me to wo…

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Kelly Fraser

Kelly Fraser

I grew up in the Bay of Plenty and moved to the Taupo region 13 years ago with my family when we purchased the Tihoi Tavern. My husband and I grew the Tavern into a thriving community hub and business.  I have a background of Business Management in a la…

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Rory Scott

Rory Scott

I have been a practising solicitor since 2008 and commenced employment with Cargill Stent Clarke Law in early 2014. I enjoy my varied and interesting role at Cargill Stent Clarke Law as it complements the amazing opportunities living in Taupō has afford…

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Simon Thew (Chopper)

Simon Thew (Chopper)

I am excited and appreciative to be on the Taupō Business Chamber board. I have worked for Ngāi Tahu Tourism for the over 17 years. This has been in varied roles and locations. I am passionate about the pristine and beautiful environment that I work in…

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Tayla Morgan - Intern Board Member

Raised in Pukekohe and after six years in Wellington, I relocated to Taupō at the start of 2021. Taupō has provided me the opportunity to put my best foot forward in building a solid foundation in my chosen career, all while enjoying the beautiful landsca…

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Deiryn Wallace - Intern Board Member

After moving away from Taupō in 2013 to attend University and live the big city life in Auckland, it wasn’t long before I realised my hometown is where I wanted to settle down. I moved back to Taupō at the end of 2020. In 2021, my Fiancé and I took the ma…

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