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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, a born and bred Kiwi with a love for anything outdoors or sporty, has 30 years wide-ranging business experience which he now shares with other business owners through The Alternative Board.

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Craig started his career in the flexible packaging industry and then moved on to develop a highly successful employment agency in Christchurch. His roles have included all facets of business management including operations, directorships and ownership as a Joint Venture Partner. He has always succeeded through effective team management and loves to see people and teams grow and prosper.

Craig has successfully guided two businesses from the planning stage, through startup and on to become multi-million dollar companies. During the last 7 years Craig’s greatest challenges came from the Christchurch earthquake, where he assisted both his own business and many of his customers to adapt to the new environment and achieve rapid growth and business success. As a business owner himself, Craig is well aware of the challenges all business owners face on a daily basis, and how unforeseen events can rapidly change a business for the better or worse.

Teamwork, planning and achievement of both personal and business goals are at the forefront in everything he does. Having recently sold his own business and travelled the world for a year, Craig is living proof that anyone can achieve their dreams.

Craig and his wife Andi love the outdoors so, when not working, you will find them walking, tramping and camping their way around New Zealand or travelling to Melbourne to spend time with their daughter and grandsons.

Craig is enjoying the challenge of taking business owners on a journey to live their dreams, get the most out of life, prosper and have fun.

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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


With over 30 years’ experience in CEO and General Management roles with small to medium-sized businesses in NZ and Australia, Steve brings a down-to-earth and practical approach to the challenges associated with running such businesses.

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Steve’s 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. This 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.

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. During this time Steve gained a valuable insight into the key differences between the governance and operational aspects of a business.

Now the owner of The Alternative Board in Christchurch and North Canterbury, Steve is relishing 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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