Wednesday, 22nd April, 2020

Business support organisation Ignite Wanaka has appointed experienced communications professional and current board member Celia Crosbie to the role of vice chair at a recent board meeting.

The vice chair role became available last month when the incumbent, Pete Eastwood, stepped into the chair role following the resignation of Bridget Legnavsky.

In addition, Ritual Café owner Chris Hadfield has been co-opted onto the board to strengthen the breadth of the team and provide a connection and voice for the downtown and hospitality businesses.

Ignite Chair Pete Eastwood said the “new appointments will offer additional stability, knowledge and connections needed at this time”.

“We find ourselves in challenging times, with businesses being asked to "right size" and work with professionals to be in the best position to navigate the path ahead. Ignite has made the decision to increase resources and grow our board during this time, a clear reflection of the dedication we have to supporting our membership as we work together, through crisis, survival, recovery and planning for our future.”

“Celia was unanimously supported by the Board into her new vice chair role and we all wish her well.  Celia has a genuine passion for living and doing business in Wanaka and is well respected within the Ignite community. Her intelligence and depth of understanding of the issues is vital as we move forward,” comments Pete.

“With a focus on the hospitality and retail sectors for some time, we are all excited to have Chris joining the board.  He is very connected through these sectors along with his work on the Wanaka Community Board and of course his chats with many coffee lovers.”

“The Board looks forward to working closely with Celia and Chris in the months ahead as we navigate the new business environment together as a business community,” adds Pete.

ENDS

Pictures:

1/New Ignite Vice Chair, Celia Crosbie, owner of Scope Media
2/ New Board member Chris Hadfield, owner of Ritual Café

For more information, please contact: Pete Eastwood on hello@ignitewanaka.co.nz or Naomi Lindsay on naomI@ignitewanaka.co.nz

About Celia Crosbie

Celia Crosbie is the Managing Director of Scope Media, the Southern Lakes’ only PR, communications and content creation agency that specialises in digital. Scope Media has a team of communications and digital marketing consultants who work with clients locally, throughout New Zealand and in Australia, helping brands grow awareness and build reputations across a variety of channels.

Prior to setting up Scope Media in 2013, Celia was an award-winning journalist who worked for major print and radio media outlets nationally, locally (Queenstown and Wanaka) and in the United Kingdom. She has since retrained and holds an Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) and is a member of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (MPRINZ).

Celia has lived in Wanaka since 2005. She is married to Hamish and they have two young children. An Ignite Wanaka board member since 2014, she is passionate about helping businesses tell their stories, connecting people and supporting economic vitality across the Queenstown Lakes District.

About Chris Hadfield

Born and raised in Christchurch and a qualified geologist, Chris moved to Wānaka 16 years ago with his husband Paul. With a background in banking and finance Chris also spent many years singing with New Zealand Opera and was the theatre manager for the St James Theatre and Opera House in Wellington.

Almost 13 years ago Paul and Chris bought Ritual Café and immediately became involved with the greater Wānaka community.

Recently Chris was the chair of the Wānaka Town Centre Business Group Inc. and became immersed in the process of looking at the potential changes to the town centre and in 2019 was elected to the Wānaka Community Board.