The committee and its advisors are elected annually by Chamber members at the AGM, which is typically held in 25 October 2018 Shown below are the office holders for 2018-2020.

Maya Pearson


Graduated Bachelor of Laws from Thammasat University. Joined Deloitte Thailand in Legal Department as a senior lawyer before found Premier Thai Lawyers since 2006, the high quality service in the fields of Law in Thailand.

Andrew Baird

Vice President

Dr Andrew Baird is a project manager and structural engineer with international engineering consultancy Beca. Andrew completed his PhD in structural engineering at the University of Canterbury before joining Beca in 2013. He has led the design of numerous building projects throughout New Zealand and South East Asia and specialises in designing buildings so that they perform well in earthquakes.

Email: andrew(at)

Andy Poole

Vice President

Andy Poole is a Canadian Born New Zealander. Prior to moving to New Zealand in 2003, and becoming a citizen in 2011,Andy studied psychology and music at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He worked professionally as a musician, while running a record company alongside a management and booking agency.

Andy worked for Air New Zealand as a leadership development facilitator in Auckland and as a health and safety specialist in Wellington, carrying out training internationally and across New Zealand.

He has spent eight out of the last 20 years living in Thailand. Eight years ago, Andy completed his Diploma de Patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu Dusit and subsequently, opened and ran a very successful bakery.

Since returning two years ago, he now holds two roles: Associate Leadership Development Facilitator with Inspire Group Asia and Representative for the NRL Gallagher Chiefs Rugby Union Club in Thailand.

An avid golfer, Andy is always up for a game.

Tane Evans


Tane is a New Zealand and British national who graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelors of Commerce and Administration (Info Systems and E-Commerce majors) in New Zealand. Expertise in running technical operations, and engineering for public and private clouds.  He also completed his MBA at the Open University.  He has worked in, Wellington NZ, London UK and now in Bangkok since 2016, currently working as an Engineering Manager at e-commerce company Agoda.

Ryan Freer

Ex-Officio Committee Member

Ryan Freer is NZTE’s Trade Commissioner for Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, based in Bangkok. He is responsible for facilitating and promoting trade and investment, and maintaining an extensive network of business relationships relevant to New Zealand businesses.

Ryan served as Trade Commissioner in Korea from 2012 to 2017, supporting the signing and implementation of the Korea New Zealand Free Trade Agreement. Prior to joining NZTE, Ryan worked for an international consulting firm.

Ryan is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Magaritta Watjanarat

Committee Member

Magaritta (Mag) is a Thai businesswoman that is proud to be Kiwi at heart, spending a grand total over 10 years in New Zealand she has accepted the kiwi way of life, Specializing in the retail sector Mag has owned a number of businesses in the field and has been involved with top companies such as Country Road Group, Specialty Fashion Group, Citta and Tous Spain.

Currently Mag runs Carilac Co., Ltd, an Import and distribution company which is solely responsible for the recent explosive growth of the NZ skincare brand 'Wild Ferns' in Thailand over recent years. Mag's goal in the committee is to help New Zealand and Thai Business achieve success in trading, just as Mag has.

Charupol (Ake) Sanmaneechai

Committee Member

Charupol (Ake) moved to New Zealand when he was 15 years old. Ake was educated at Scots College in Wellington, and then the University of Otago where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Business in Information Science. He had worked in Dunedin, Wellington in an IT industry and now returned to Bangkok. Having spent most of his time in New Zealand for more than 10 years, Ake is a New Zealand’s best advocate. He had accustomed New Zealand culture and experienced the Kiwi way of thinking. He currently involves in a real estate business in Bangkok. He also runs a New Zealand education agent - Koru New Zealand.