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.