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.
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.
Lyn has worked in businesses ranging from small to medium enterprises to corporate multi-national companies and has a genuine understanding and empathy for what it takes to run a successful business.
Since moving to New Zealand in 1995, Lyn has been co-owner of start-up enterprises, worked in economic development, tertiary education and private consulting. She holds tertiary qualifications in science and education and in 2016 completed her Master of Business Studies-Resource Management at Massey University, researching strategic human resource management (SHRM) decisions in Maori Enterprise. In 2017 Lyn commenced her PhD, continuing her studies in SHRM and indigenous enterprise and organizational models. Lyn runs her own consulting and research business.
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.
Harv is the founder of CQ NZ Ltd. This is an ecosystem that enhances the effectiveness of professionals and entrepreneurs which hail from over 70 industries throughout New Zealand. His passion is design. He designs teams with an emphasis on diversity to accelerate development of individuals and company performance.
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.
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.
Rob is the creative at Whitfield Design +, 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.
Jason is a Chartered Accountant and Director of Morrison Creed, where your business is our goal. Jason enjoys working with new technology, particularly where it can assist clients to achieve their business and personal goals. Jason grew up on a dairy farm in the Manawatu and outside of the office is a dad, avid sports fan and lover of irony.
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.
Linda is CE of the Central Economic Development Agency aka CEDA; leading a team of enablers, connectors and doers who are serious about delivering great outcomes for businesses across our region.
With a background in sales, business development, head hunting and recruitment while working within family owned businesses, through to some of the largest global companies such as Mars Inc. and Virgin, Linda brings a strong consumer focus, and on delivering outcomes that will create value and make a difference. Linda believes that great ideas can come from anywhere, and has a real a passion for unlocking the potential in people.
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 lives and breathes Inspire Net. Often described as the one wearing the Barkers track pants and the Inspire Net shirt, he describes himself as the biggest billboard in town wearing his uniform seven days a week.
One of the most dedicated managing directors out there he is often heard talking to customers at 7am, digging holes on a hill, maintaining our server room or smacking a ball around over at the Squash Gym. His dreams of world domination are only hindered by the speed fibre can be dug and towers built.
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.
Tararua born and bred, Stephanie jumped straight out of Massey University (Diploma Business Studies - Entrepreneurship & Small Business) into a full time job.
Three years later she put her skills to the test and started her own business, The Scrub Collab. Stephanie had fantastic success in Innovate 2017 and is in the process of understand what start-up life is all about. As she puts it, “It’s taken over my life!”
Stephanie is a Junior Judge this year, a new role for our programme and one that will no doubt help solidify more business relationships for Stephanie and The Scrub Collab.
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.
Born in Whakatāne and raised in Rotorua, Jason now resides with his family in Palmerston North. Jason is Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Whakatōhea and Ngāti Kahungnu. Jason is a senior lecturer at Massey University’s School of Management and codirector of Te Au Rangahau, the Māori Business & Leadership Research Centre. His research focuses on indigenous entrepreneurship, innovation and enterprise. Jason loves working with entrepreneurs, helping them develop and test their ideas and getting them on paper when the need arises. Jason’s background is in management consulting, public policy and Māori development. Jason has a PhD in business from Massey, MPP from Victoria University and BMS from Waikato University. Jason looks forward to contributing as a mentor on the Innovate programme. Mauri ora ki ā tātau (keep well folks).
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.