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The Alternative Board – Christchurch NZ

Provider of business advice, planning, and coaching solutions to business owners, CEO’s, and managing directors in Christchurch.  Our business owner Advisory Boards and Virtual Boards expand your thinking beyond your particular industry providing different perspectives to spur new ways of doing business based on real-world experience.  We encourage and empower our members to achieve their business and personal visions. 

Business Coach & Facilitator Christchurch & South Canterbury


Craig shares his 30 years wide-ranging business experience with others through The Alternative Board. Starting his career in the flexible packaging industry he moved on to develop a highly successful employment agency in Christchurch.

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With his extensive coaching and facilitation background he helps owners work through the life cycle of their business - change in ownership, succession, restructures, acquisitions, sales systems, work behaviours, innovation and people culture. Russell has trained sales forces from some of New Zealand’s iconic companies and has been building skills and competencies in the business world for the last twenty years through his successful training and coaching company. 


Russell specialises in sales, leadership, coaching and time management and work behaviours and has worked with business owners and management teams across New Zealand and Australia in fields as diverse as technology, education, logistics, manufacturing, finance, construction, and scientific research.  He says: “Running a business is hard – we have to ask tough questions and think differently to achieve success.  I’ve lived and worked in Auckland North for 30 years and being able to act as a catalyst for change to help businesses is a great privilege.  My sole motivation is helping businesses succeed. The Alternative Board is the right place for business owners in Auckland North to source the advice, support and inspiration they need to move forward”.

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I have been coached by Craig & The Alternative Board for the last couple of years & he’s been an awesome sounding board & a real motivator, I would throughly recommend his services to anyone wanting to start a business or take an existing business to the next level
Warren Flowerday

Owner, Tandem Smash Repair

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Craig is a business coach of high quality & I would certainly recommend him to anyone in business that wants to get the best out of their business.

Geoff Hill

Owner, Tuatara ATV

I have been involved with Craig and The Alternative Board for about 2 years. The regular board meetings and coaching sessions are invaluable. Meeting with other business owners and discussing relevant business issues, with Craig as the mentor has benefitted me and my businesses greatly.

Roger Morgan

Owner, Ready Lawn

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Business Coach & Facilitator for Christchurch & North Canterbury


Steve brings a down-to-earth and practical approach to the challenges associated with running business thanks to his 30 years’ experience in CEO and General Management roles within NZ and Australia’s small to medium business sector.

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His broad commercial skillset has been developed through exposure to a wide variety of industries including, banking and finance, automotive, hospitality and property. His responsibilities have included developing and managing the execution of strategic plans, financial management, and developing, motivating and managing staff levels ranging in size from 10-200.

During his time in the banking and finance sector, Steve was heavily involved in lending to small to medium-sized businesses. He says: “Working in this area necessitated the need to clearly understand how such businesses operate and the challenges and opportunities that small to medium-sized business owners face in their day to day activities. This understanding is invaluable when helping members of The Alternative Board.”

In addition to his executive roles, Steve has gained board room experience through chairing two not-for-profit organisations, over a combined period of twelve years, gaining valuable insight into the key differences between the governance and operational aspects of a business.  Now as the owner of The Alternative Board in Christchurch and North Canterbury, Steve relishes the opportunity to use his background and experience to provide a rewarding membership experience to local business owners and business leaders.


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Business Mentor Chris Wallace

Business Coach & Facilitator for Christchurch &  Canterbury


As a passionate Cantab who has lived in Christchurch for more than 40 years, Chris is an experienced Executive Leader, hugely passionate about driving projects and organisations forward with genuine people-centred leadership and integrity.

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Chris has a relaxed, friendly, approachable style and brings a down-to-earth and practical approach to the challenges associated with running businesses in the region today.

Chris has a 20 year career within the local government sector where he gained considerable experience in the recreation, events and city planning space. He has worked across leadership roles in facility operations, services management, marketing, event promotions and strategic planning. Highlights included delivering the completion of Council’s high-value transformation programme to support the recovery of Christchurch and leading the operational team that successfully reopened the iconic Christchurch Town Hall following extensive post-EQ refurbishment. Chris has also developed governance experience as both a school board chairperson and as a trustee on a not-for-profit.

Chris is an authentic and honest connector who makes things happen by empowering people and teams, building strong relationships and keeping stakeholders engaged. He is strategically driven and passionate about shaping both personal and organisational priorities and goals, and putting these into action with energy and commitment.

Outside of work, Chris is happily married with two sons, and enjoys watching a wide variety of sports, attempting to create masterpieces in the kitchen, and collecting useless trivia!

With a clear passion for helping others to be successful and realise their full potential and personal vision, Chris is excited to have joined The Alternative Board NZ as a Business Coach and Facilitator in Christchurch & Canterbury.

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