Shareena Sandbrook is the co-founder and Managing Director of Frogparking, a Palmerston North-based market leader in innovative parking management solutions whose products and services utilise cutting-edge technology to bring parking management, guidance, and enforcement into the digital age.
Frogparking is the latest in a long list of successful start-up ventures with high growth in the tech sector. Shareena holds a Bachelor of Business Studies in Marketing from Massey University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies, and an Executive MBA from Waikato University. Shareena has business experience in a wide range of industries, including investment banking, HR, retail finance, patents/intellectual property, and aviation.
Jane has a background in business advisory and is a qualified accountant who has worked in organisations of all sizes. Jane is talented in keeping projects moving forward and connecting them to the right collaborators. Jane has worked with a range of publicly funded research to support and develop innovative technology.
Mike is a director of Morrison Creed – Business Advisors & Chartered Accountants. His role is that of Business Coach to a range of clients, assisting them to run successful businesses.
Mike is also on the Investment Committee of the Manawatu Investment Group (MIG).
Hi, I’m Mike West. I work on the More FM Manawatu Morning Show with Gareth Pringle and Johnelle Hosking. I’m passionate about morning radio and have been since I was 8, which is why I have been doing the same show on the same station for just over 28 years. I’m also passionate about promotions, marketing, social media and technology. It’s great to also be a part of the BCC family.
Murray was Chief Executive of MidCentral DHB from 1999 to 2015. He has gained considerable management and leadership experience across a wide range of industries in both the public and private sectors, including primary production, tourism, pharmaceuticals and social services. Murray has had, and maintains, governance roles in health-related organisations as well as community and privately owned entities. Murray is currently a MIG member and is a board member for BCC.
Shane is the Managing Director of Colspec Construction whose job includes client liaison day to day governance, quantity surveying, work programming and contract procurement. Shane has been in the building industry for 40 years and has owned/managed his own business for 35 years.
Simon is the founder of OBO. Innovation at product and process level, with lashings of good marketing has enabled OBO to lead the world in field hockey goal keeping equipment. 70% of the keepers at the Rio Olympics used OBO.
He has a passion to see innovative local companies thrive, particularly in the international market place and believes Palmy is the perfect home for clever, curious, and globally successful businesses.
Wayne has been Managing Director for ComputerCare NZ for the past 15 years, an award winning IT support company operating across 3 branches in the Central North Island. He is also a director of Constant Vigil, an electronics start-up and Stopbank Software, a software development company.
First elected in 2013 as Palmerston North's youngest ever city councillor, Aleisha is currently serving her second term. Aleisha is Chairperson of the Community Development Committee, Deputy Chair of Planning & Strategy, spokesperson for Youth & Students, support spokesperson for Digital & Technology and Rural & Villages.
Outside of council Aleisha is a wife to Liam and a Mum to Max who has just turned 1. She is a Justice of the Peace, runs a small hobby business, chairs Camellia House Trust Board and volunteers for Arohanui Hospice. Aleisha loves supporting people to thrive and has a particular interest in empowering young people.
Peter is the Innovation Specialist at CEDA (Central Economic Development Agency), delivering the Callaghan Innovation programme for the entire Horizons Region. With a background in scientific research, and over 25 years experience in the sales & marketing of cutting edge scientific equipment, Peter is now delivering the Callaghan Innovation Grant Programme to the Horizons region. This includes working with start-ups, back shed inventors and established high tech companies.
Peter loves living in Manawatu because of the diversity of people and landscapes located within such a small area.
Chris runs Integration Technologies Limited a Palmerston North based business providing hardware and software solutions to the Oil and Gas industry with a global presence in over 60 countries.
Chris has spent most of his life in Marketing and Brand Development in the global soft drinks industry but taking over ITL bought him closer to home and a move back to Palmy (where he studied at Massey) has ignited his passion for what local innovation when nurtured well can offer on a global stage.
Highly respected in her industry, Gabrielle has been an award winning hair stylist for 46 years and owner of Spectra Hair for the past 14 years. Gabrielle is involved with developing her Industries Learning Pathways and has until very recently been on the Hairdressing Advisory Group in Wellington working alongside NZQA in the Unit Standard development ensuring consistency of standards throughout the industry.
Gabrielle is also a wife, a mother, a daughter, a grandma and aspiring public servant, and in all aspects of her life she is truly a force to be reckoned with. Gabrielle has an intense sense of purpose, and possesses a level of energy that propels her through each day’s challenges with positive determination. Gabrielle's most recent challenge has come from her being elected to the PNCC (Oct 2016) as the most recent and new councillor around the table.
The designer dude at WD +, an industrial designer adept in the art of transforming ideas into commercially viable products through his unique skills of melding beauty and creative design with production imperatives. Visualising in all dimensions. Listening in every sense.
A business mentor for BMNZ since 2013, Rob enjoys working with both fledgling and established business people enabling insights into their businesses whilst offering alternate views and injecting enthusiasm when needed.
Mike is the owner of The Design School with 3 campuses in the North Island. The Design School helps people harness their talent to achieve formal qualifications and utilise their creativity as a career.
He grew up in Christchurch and after moving to Wellington, completed a Bachelor of Design majoring in Industrial Design. He began teaching full-time at The Design School in 2000, while also operating a freelance design studio and purchased the School in 2005.
For the last few years he has been engaged by NZQA to develop Arts and Design Qualifications for tertiary education and also by the Ministry of Education to develop the NCEA Creative Industries Vocational Pathway Award.
Daniel has been the Technical Director at ComputerCare for the past ten years. To remain relevant in business today you need to constantly review and improve your product offerings. In his role, Daniel has continually pushed for change, championing the development of new products and solutions to meet the challenges of the ever changing IT landscape.
Justin is the owner and operator of four McDonald's here in Palmerston North and Dannevirke. Justin's been with McDonald's for over 14 years and serves as the deputy chairperson on the McDonalds New Zealand board.
Justin has strong feelings towards community, actively engaging in sponsorship for a variety of organisations.
In his spare time, Justin sits on the Manawatu Rugby Union board and owns a retirement village in the South Island.
Nic has procurement and facilities experience for over twenty years in FMCG & retail companies, including Goodman Fielder, Griffins Foods, Bendon and most recently DB Breweries. Nic facilitates, manages and leads the end to end processes of total cost management, where she consistently, as she puts it, “challenges the status quo.” She has a passion to help people grow, learn and be successful, both in business and in life.
James’ mission is simple, help to connect people, and make this city we call home, a better place to live.
Since founding Inspire Net in 1998, he’s lived and breathed Inspire, dug holes on hill-tops, maintained our server room, talked to customers during the day and night and supported a whole bunch of different organisations in our community.
When he’s not inspiring the team at work, or spending time with his wife and two boys, he’s off speaking at community meetings about technology options to connect our remote rural areas to the world.
We’re not sure he sleeps.
Ben is an active and lateral thinker, approaching each case with the aim of bettering the position of a client beyond what they could have achieved for themselves. Ben searches to develop ways to realise and capitalise on the potential of others. He wants everyone to make a valuable contribution to community, regional and national wellbeing and progress. This contribution reflects Ben’s role as a recruiter and mentor of legal talent, having attracted top class lawyers to BVA The practice and the Manawatu for three decades.
Steve Parsons is a leading Manawatu travel agent and, in 2018, celebrated the 30th anniversary of Stephen Parsons House of Travel. His company is at the forefront of individual, personalised, group, commemorative and space travel. Steve places great emphasis on supporting and mentoring staff, providing employment pathways, ensuring his agents are equipped to create the best holidays possible and designing unique experiences for all his clients. Steve’s regional success is also due to his active participation in the community. He’s a Rotarian, a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Marist Rugby Club, a former Regent On Broadway Trust Board representative and an enthusiastic supporter of Arohanui Hospice.
Abby Thompson is the CEO of FoodHQ – where food ideas meet science. FoodHQ is a collaborative initiative that brings together New Zealand’s smartest food science minds to drive innovation in the food industry. Abby is well connected across the wide range of organisations that make up the New Zealand food innovation landscape. Her previous roles included Director of Riddet Innovation (Massey University), where she led commercially-focused research and development work within the food and nutrition area, and Director of FoodPilot (part of the New Zealand Food Innovation Network).
Brian has leadership and finance experience from his role as an agribusiness regional manager at the BNZ. Specialising in assisting clients to take their business from point a to point b, the key to this is determining what factors are critical to that success. Leadership and helping people grow into the next stage of their lives is another passion. Brian is developing governance experience through 4 years as a board member of a health sector NGO has provided great insights to challenges and pitfalls of governance.
Adrian worked in the newspaper industry for 28 year, of which 9 year, were spent as General Manager of Manawatu Standard Ltd. In 2002 Adrian was appointed Chief Executive of Arohanui Hospice until 2011, after serving 6 years as a Trustee of the organisation.
Since 2013 he has been a board member of MidCentral DHB and has been a Palmerston North City Councillor for 11 years. Adrian is currently chairperson of the council’s Economic Development Committee and is leader of the Employment Portfolio. He is also Manager of the Manawatu Horewhenua Taraua Diabetes Trust, a position he has held since 2014.
Adrian has served on many community committee’s in Palmerston North and wider Manawatu region. Some of these include Steward of the Manawatu Racing Club for 20 years and former chair of the Business Development Board and Computer in Homes and current chair of SuperGrans Manawatu.
Selwyn established a career in scientific research, which quickly evolved into the pre-clinical and clinical development, business development and commercialisation of biotech and natural products in both local and international markets. A couple of years ago, Selwyn set up a consultancy to provide business development support for start-up tech companies, Kiwinet and MBIE R&D programs. He is an active Angel Investor and on the MIG Fund 2 Investment Committee. He is on the Board of two start-up companies and is involved in three environment-focussed Societies and Trusts.
Tyson is Ngati Porou and Te Aitanga a Hauiti. His background includes Ministers’ Offices, The Treasury, Building & Housing, UCOL’s senior management, and the Office of the Auditor-General. Tyson takes a design approach to strategy and change, matching this with his policy, economic and financial analysis skills to generate insights.
Peter’s background is in contracted services with over 15 years' in senior management to general manager level, holding a number of directorships. He’s highly experienced in working in competitive markets, understanding the dynamics of creating the necessary business culture and managing resources to achieve both customer value and profitable outcomes.
Leonie Is a business owner of Hotel Coachman on Fitzherbert Ave which is a 4 star hotel with 70 staff members – Leonie and Brendan have had the hotel for 14 years. Leonie is also a Councillor on the PNCC and on Ucol Council – she has vast experience in management and leadership and governance. Leonie worked at Massey University for 10 years in change management and project management roles.
Toni is a photographer based in the Manawatu (although she’s sometimes found elsewhere) who’s business is mainly focused on weddings, portrait and editorial work. Toni is a graduate of UCOL where she gained a Bachelor of Visual Imaging as an adult student after leaving a corporate career behind. She’s won some awards and been featured in magazines, but what she mostly cares about is the experience her clients have when they work with her.
Toni also works with UCOL 3rd year Bachelor of Creative Media students to connect them with local charities and non-profit organisations giving them valuable creative industry experience prior to graduation.
Karina's passion is design, and she loves using creativity to add value to business.
Over a decade in the industry has taken her from Palmerston North to Auckland and back again. She has gained extensive experience in marketing and branding, and after being won over by the internet,found herself focussing on digital media campaigns and online marketing for the retail sector. She's since become even more "inspired" as the Design and Brand Manager for Manawatu-based internet service provider Inspire Net.
Karina enjoys challenges that provide opportunities for creative thinking, and taking projects from concept right through to the finished product. Design ideas are everywhere, and she's always on the lookout for inspiration.
As Communications Senior for the Central Economic Development Agency, Jemma enjoys using her skills as a story teller in her day to day role. Every day allows her to work across the different areas of CEDA which includes; economic and business development, international education and showcasing the region's lifestyle, business, work, study and visitor opportunities.
Jemma has previously worked as a broadcast and online reporter for Radio New Zealand, where she covered regional and rural news. Her next position took her to America where she covered the intersection of fashion, luxury and technology for Digiday in New York City. This wide experience means she's as comfortable talking beef breeds, as she is American beauty brands. A career highlight includes interviewing the Editor in Chief for both Marie Claire and W Magazine, whilst overlooking Manhattan from their high rise offices. Jemma is outcome driven and focused on getting to the core of the information to tell interesting and relevant stories.