Vanessa Williams - General Manager
Born and bred in Hamilton I take great pride in our fantastic city and the future opportunities it provides.
I Joined the NZ Police at the age of 20 and spent 14 years in various roles in Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga along with a Peace Keeping deployment to the Solomon Islands.
On leaving the Police I returned to Hamilton with my wife and two sons, knowing that our city had the right infrastructure, education and employment opportunities along with a very special lifestyle that we all love.
My current role at SKYCITY Hamilton is very diverse and involves the leadership of our Support Services Teams along with Project Management for all new developments and refurbishments within the property.
We are very proud of our business and love the potential our location right in the heart of the CBD provides. Like many central city business owners and operators we are constantly looking at ways to improve our offerings and drive visitation in to the city.
Having recently been on the Executive Committee of the Property Council Waikato, I have developed strong relationships with some very dedicated, experienced and knowledgeable people that also have the best interest of our city in mind. We would like to continue working with them and Waikato Chamber of Commerce to ensure we focus together on important issues that enable growth, development and successful business opportunities in the CBD.
I believe I bring quite a diverse background and experience to the Hamilton Central Business Association and I am really looking forward to working alongside you all in the interest of developing our great city.
Currently the Owner/Managing Director of Worldwise Travellers Health (Hamilton) at Anglesea Clinic in Hamilton and also a director of Aesthete Gallery in Hamilton.
I have lived in Hamilton for over thirty years and have been involved in a number of businesses over this time.
My personal values are honesty, integrity and commitment to family community. This is exemplified by my marriage of 42 years and my participation through Rotary in community fundraising for which I have received a Paul Harris Fellow & a Sapphire pin.
I have the skills to work within a team environment with key strengths in problem solving, communication and time management.
Recently I returned to my childhood city with the specific goal of helping building Hamilton back to the vibrant city I recall of the 1970's and 80's. My current role as General Manager at Hamilton's largest locally owned hotel fits the plan perfectly and now with nearly a year in the city behind me I am ready to extend my reach beyond breathing life back into The Ambassador Hotel to the broader City Plans.
I have an extensive background in business ownership and management with a broad range of experiences from the successful sale of 4 award winning start-ups, national and international management experience including recently reporting to a board consisting of the New Zealand and Niuean Governments.
In addition to my finance and management experience I am technically minded with current hands on experience with web development, brand management and marketing. My life is a balance of normal local reality. With 4 children my perception is realistic & practical. I am passionate, motivated and results driven with an action focused attitude.
My wife Suzy and I have owned Rossellini in Hamilton's CBD for the last 20+ years. During this time, I have seen the CBD transform to a seven day a week thriving metropolis upon the opening of Downtown Plaza in 1994 to losing customers with the expansion of Chartwell shopping town and then the development of the Base.
Being part of the HCBA gives us all a stronger voice on city and law changes as a united group, we certainly can be a driving force for our members and the betterment of the CBD. I believe it is important to get involved in the local community and I am passionate about assisting with the positive transformation and rejuvenation of Hamilton's CBD which is now well under way.
I have purchased Cecil House in Garden Place for the purpose of revitalising through building upgrades in fitting with the Central City Transformation Plan to upgrade the Garden Place area as a central and important community area.
I am putting forward my interest in joining the Executive Committee to essentially pitch in and help these plans become a reality.
I see exciting times ahead for Hamilton, in particular with the migration south of Aucklander's looking for a better life and better school opportunities for their children and hence why I have made the investment in Cecil House.
I look forward to the opportunity to serve HCBA and the community in general.
I have lived in New Zealand for the past 13 years and have lived in Hamilton since 2005 and worked in Hamilton Central since 2004. I have 30 years banking experience in total, both here in NZ and the UK, with experience in many areas of banking in that time. I am currently Manager of the Anglesea Clinic Branch of ASB. I will bring to the committee both the diversity of my financial industry experience and also having experienced life in a number of diverse locations, from a small town of on the east coast of England to the City of London.