Leeann Watson

Chief Executive of Business Canterbury

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Leeann Watson is the dynamic Chief Executive of Business Canterbury and a raving local enthusiast for the city, region and business community. With two decades of experience at the chamber, she holds the distinction of being its first female chief executive. Leading the largest business support agency in the South Island, with 2700 members, Leeann's influence is profound. Her expertise spans advocacy, leading through crisis, organisational transformation, stakeholder management, local and central government engagement and, small business representation. A collaborative leader, Leeann works closely with businesses in Canterbury to understand and represent their views through her local and central government lobbying. With a finger on the pulse of the business community, she works with decision makers locally and nationally, making impactful decisions that shape Canterbury's economic landscape.