From Ann to Anna

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A businesswoman from the health sector is the next chief executive of the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce.

Anna Mickell is taking over from Ann Lockhart, who left a month ago after growing the Chamber’s membership and influence significantly over the past 10 years.

For the past three-and-a-half years, Mickell’s owned and run a small health publishing business.

Previously she ran a large EBOS Group division that provided a range of services for about 600 community pharmacies.

Formerly a registered nurse, Mickell’s had 22 years’ health sector management experience, and also gained an MBA with distinction.

In recent years she’s also hosted the annual Pharmacy Awards.

In terms of advocating and providing services to the health community, she sees similarities with her new role.

Mickell also knows Queenstown, having often visited her sister when she lived here, then more recently as a holiday home owner in nearby West Otago.

“The thing I’m most interested in is it’s such a fascinating area to work in, from a business perspective, because there’s so many interesting challenges.

“It seems, in order to resolve some of the really big issues, the problems are going to have to be addressed nationally, with the government, as well as locally.”

Mickell, who takes office January 28, was yesterday looking for accom-modation, “so I’m immersing myself in problem no.2 in Queenstown”.

She admits she has big shoes to fill, coming after Lockhart’s tenure.

“What I really hope to do is to continue to provide great advocacy and support for the business owners in Queenstown”.

“If I continue to do that, I’ll be pleased.”

Chamber chairman Craig Douglas says the job was contested by a number of very well-qualified people.

“The board is confident it’s settled on the right mix of skills to take the Chamber forward.”

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