Who We Are

The Icehouse Is Where Kiwi Businesses Grow.

We are focused on supporting owner-managers and entrepreneurs who will shape the future of               New Zealand’s economy. Through our nationwide events, workshops and programmes we give startups and SMEs access to the expertise, networks and funding they need to achieve their growth aspirations and become Businesses of International Quality (BIQs). We are committed to changing the entrepreneurial landscape in New Zealand to create an environment that inspires, supports and celebrates business growth. Our goal is to lift the international competitiveness of the NZ SME sector leading to a material impact on the economic performance of New Zealand over the long term.

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We help you grow your business

No matter what stage you’re at (just a wild idea or been around for 20 years) we can get alongside and

HELP YOU GROW

– Andy Hamilton, CEO, The Icehouse

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EXPERTISE

One of the most important things a startup or SME business can do to ensure it succeeds is ask for help. Through our growth programmes, one-on-one mentoring and access to a huge pool of talented and experienced facilitators, coaches and business people we can help you learn the skills and techniques you need to build a business, drive progress and succeed.

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NETWORKS

It matters who you know. One of the most valuable assets for any ambitious business is having a strong network of contacts, advisors, supporters and suppliers. Working with The Icehouse, you join our extensive local and global network and get access to others in it – government, exporters, partners, industry experts, suppliers and other businesses like yours.

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FUNDING

Whether you are a startup trying to get your idea of the ground or an SME needing funding to fuel the next phase of growth, The Icehouse team can help you understand your options, get your team and business ready for investment and, as appropriate, connect you to potential investors - be is private angel investors, VCs, seed fund managers, government or bankers.

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Become a Business of International Quality (BIQ)

We know that business owners can find it hard to take a big picture perspective and identify areas of their business that could be targeted to improve performance. This is why we have created the Business of International Quality Barometer in collaboration with The University of Auckland Business School and based on research with industry experts and those in the thick of it; NZ business owners and managers.

The BIQ Barometer is an easy to use online tool to help you identify your business strengths and opportunities for improvement in under an hour.

The end game is real and practical advice that you can use as a guide to accelerate your business growth, whilst avoiding the costs of making the mistakes of those who have gone before.

The BIQ Barometer will help make your business more successful by honing in on six areas that we know contribute to success: Leadership, Offering, Market, Processes, Governance, and Capital. 

Whether your idea of success is taking on an international market, or solidly defending your local position, you can grow your business with good advice and practical solutions.

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Our People

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    Andrew Hamilton

    The Icehouse CEO

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    Andrew Hamilton

    The Icehouse CEO

    • E: a.hamilton@theicehouse.co.nz
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    About Andrew Hamilton

    Andrew Hamilton is the founding CEO of The Icehouse and was lucky enough to join the team as Employee Number One back in 2001.

    He is a director of BigLittleBang which creates a virtual world for 6-9 year olds to socialise and learn about music. BigLittleBang is an alumni of The Icehouse and also an investee of ICE Angels.

    Andy is also a councillor on the Japan-New Zealand Business Council. Andrew has been Chair of Incubators New Zealand and Angel Association New Zealand. In addition to this he is a board member of ICE Angels and the Pacific Angel Business Network for angel networks out of Asia. Before joining The Icehouse Andy was a lawyer, PA, sales and marketer, and corporate VC.

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    Samantha Copland

    Senior Project Manager

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    Samantha Copland

    Senior Project Manager

    • E: s.copland@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6228
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    About Samantha Copland

    As a proven leader at Icehouse since 2010 Samantha has progressed through the Operations, Sales and Marketing team (responsible for Icehouse Corporate partners) to Senior Project Manager in the Strategy and Development team.

    The Strategy and Development team is responsible for strategically important Icehouse initiatives that typically have a substantial impact on the Icehouse’s future. This includes ownership of the product roadmaps [Expertise, Networks & Funding], mapping out and implementing the customer journey as well as the implementation of the Business of International Quality framework throughout the organisation. The team is focused on the development of new products to expand the Icehouse’s range of offerings as well on improvements to sustain quality of products to meet the demands of kiwi SMEs.

    Samantha is driven by her goal to play a role increasing the number of internationally capable owner managers and entrepreneurs and their organisations to improve the New Zealand economy. Before Icehouse Samantha spent 3 years abroad working in both the financial services and event management industries in London, United Kingdom. She studied in both Otago and at the University of Auckland completing a BSc majoring in Psychology and Pharmacology.

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    Nick Egerton

    Incubator Manager

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    Nick Egerton

    Incubator Manager

    • E: n.egerton@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: +64 9 308 6200
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    About Nick Egerton

    Nick Egerton joined The Icehouse as Incubator Manager in July 2010. He’s responsible for the day-to-day operation of the ICE Accelerator and ensuring the residents’ journey is a positive and rewarding experience.

    Nick has extensive commercial qualifications and studied management both in New Zealand and the USA. Nick has held company directorships and committee memberships in multiple technology based companies and not-for- profit organisations. Prior to The Icehouse, Nick worked in general management and leadership positions in New Zealand and overseas. He focussed on customer service, business start-ups, change management, business efficiency and performance optimisation.

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    Ken Erskine

    Ice Accelerator & Ice Angels Director

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    Ken Erskine

    Ice Accelerator & Ice Angels Director

    • E: k.erskine@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6213
    • Skype: kenzrc944
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    About Ken Erskine

    Ken Erskine has extensive sales and marketing experience working with a spectrum of organisations ranging from local start ups, to global multinationals. With over fifteen years of IT sales and marketing experience in New Zealand and Europe, Ken has held senior management/leadership roles at Hewlett Packard and Compaq.

    He was also involved in the initial sponsorship of The Icehouse. More recently, Ken has been working with local technology companies including IPFX (NZ based Unified Communications software developer) where he was responsible for worldwide marketing, channels and vendor partnerships for the past three years. He is also an active member of the Ice Angels network investing in Nexus 6, Biomatters and Optima Corporation.

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    Charlotte Fenwick

    Customer Experience Executive

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    Charlotte Fenwick

    Customer Experience Executive

    • E: c.fenwick@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6215
    • Skype: shar.fenwick
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    About Charlotte Fenwick

    Charlotte joined The Icehouse in September 2011. Having completed a certificate in advanced culinary arts from Auckland University of Technology, she spent two years working for Eyeworks Television, the Living Channel and Food TV.

    Working a variety of roles in a fast pace environment groomed Charlotte to take control of any situation. With her media experience, Charlotte proved to be a key asset to Rockstock- the Stone Paper company, a small start-up business where she worked on a short-term contract to get them noticed in their field. At The Icehouse, Charlotte provides support to the Growth Team and works to improve the customer experience for our established business clients.

  • Darmesh Parbhu

    Dharmesh Parbhu

    Financial Controller

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    Dharmesh Parbhu

    Financial Controller

    • E: D.Parbhu@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6224
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    About Dharmesh Parbhu

    Dharmesh completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting from Auckland University in 2006. Dharmesh has previously worked at KPMG Auckland within the Audit Division progressing to Senior Audit Supervisor.

    Most recently he has gained experience working in London within the Finance Industry before joining the Icehouse in late 2011. As Financial Controller, he is responsible for overseeing the daily financial transactions of the company and delivering company-wide reporting and analysis to improve business performance.

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    Mike Stokes

    Sales Director

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    Mike Stokes

    Sales Director

    • E: m.stokes@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6221
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    About Mike Stokes

    After gaining a degree from Lincoln University in Resource Studies, Mike worked in London for Bank of America and Deutsche Bank in Emerging Markets and European Equities. He returned from overseas in 2000 and was the Owner-Manager of Artmount NZ Ltd for the next 7 years.

    Artmount is New Zealand’s leading Mounting and Laminating Company with work being displayed throughout New Zealand and around the world. Throughout this period Mike was Managing Director and obtained first-hand knowledge of the daily hurdles, a Small-to-Medium business owner faces.

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    Raewyn Goodwin

    Relationships Manager

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    Raewyn Goodwin

    Relationships Manager

    • E: r.goodwin@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6216
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    About Raewyn Goodwin

    Raewyn Goodwin is Relationship Manager for The Icehouse. She manages all aspects of the administrative process for these programmes. Raewyn maintains the relationships with participants prior to and during the programme as well as post programme with the organisation of alumni events.

    She also acts as Location Manager for all courses in NZ and Australia. Raewyn comes from a training and development background, having worked for Franklin Covey (author ofThe Seven Habits of Highly Effective People ) as well as a number of years with The NZ Institute of Management. She holds a PGDipBus in Marketing.

     

  • Roger Hatrick-Smith

    Roger Hatrick-Smith

    Chief Financial Officer

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    Roger Hatrick-Smith

    Chief Financial Officer

    About Roger Hatrick-Smith

    The Icehouse CFO Roger’s career has included senior line accounting positions in distribution, hotels and process manufacturing industries followed by a number of years in consulting roles. Roger assisted organisations to undertake strategic reassessments of their business objectives in light of changing market circumstance.

    His consulting experience spanned all major business process activity areas including operations and supply chain, management and support processes. More recently, Roger has provided strategic, business and financial advice as leader of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurial and Growth Markets Group and its Transaction Advisory service line in New Zealand. Roger continues to offer ideas, insights and practical advice to high-potential New Zealand businesses.

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    Robbie Paul

    Startup Funding Manager

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    Robbie Paul

    Startup Funding Manager

    • E: r.paul@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6210
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    About Robbie Paul

    Robbie joined The Icehouse in 2008 after relocating from the east coast of the US. As Funding Manager, Robbie manages the ICE Angels and the $4M Entrepreneurs’ Challenge.  Robbie is the first point of contact for startups seeking angel investment and for investors seeking investment opportunities.

    As manager of the ICE Angels, Robbie has enabled investment of $6.8M into 15 companies over 30 rounds.  Robbie has trained under US Angel Capital Association Hans Serveriens Award Winner Bill Payne, US ACA Director Dan Rosen, and the US Angel Resource Institute Chairman Michael Cain. He is an Associate Council member of the Angel Association of New Zealand and a modest investor in Booktrack and 1Above.

    Robbie graduated from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington in 2008 with a degree in Business Development and Entrepreneurship. At UNC-W, Robbie held internships with a local angel investment network and a boutique private equity firm

     

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    Tracey Thomson

    Ice Angels Administrator

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    Tracey Thomson

    Ice Angels Administrator

    • E: t.thomson@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6212
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    About Tracey Thomson

    Tracey Thomson joined The Icehouse and the ICE Angels in June 2010 to support the Start-Ups Director with a focus on ICE Angels. Tracey is responsible for managing and improving ICE Angels processes and tasks to enable more efficient operation, along with improved business performance.

    Overseeing the completion and filing of investment documentation for ICE Angels investments. Tracey leads the creation and development of ICE Angels membership communications including the ICE Angels monthly newsletter and ensures ICE Angels Investment evenings and follow-up meetings run effectively.Tracey completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing from The University of Auckland. Prior to joining The Icehouse, Tracey worked for a magazine publisher as business development manager.

    Tracey’s currently studying part time towards a Graduate Diploma in Commerce majoring in Commercial Law at The University of Auckland. Tracey has a background of leadership roles on various student clubs and associations and is currently Secretary of the Auckland University Hockey Club.

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    Liz Wotherspoon

    Director, Growth and Coaching

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    Liz Wotherspoon

    Director, Growth and Coaching

    • E: l.wotherspoon@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6207
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    About Liz Wotherspoon

    Liz is responsible for leading the Growth business, which includes the business growth programs, networks and services focused on adding capability to grow established SMEs. She is also responsible for the alumni and int’l activities of The Icehouse.

    Liz is a Director of Grafton Consulting Group and has extensive experience in the provision of consulting services to clients including facilitation, organisation design and structure, training, role and competency profiling, performance management, capability needs analysis, management coaching, and change management.

    Liz has spent most of her career contributing to the success of organisations through working with them to develop their most important asset – people. She was Manager, Human Resources Consulting for TMP Worldwide (formerly Morgan & Banks Group) in Auckland. Prior to joining TMP Worldwide, Liz was Director, Training and Development for the New Zealand Institute of Management. In this role she had overall responsibility for NZIM Auckland’s executive development, public programmes, customised training and consultancy services and the effective planning and management of international speaker seminars. She also served as Acting General Manager for NZIM for a 4 month period.

    Liz joined NZIM shortly after arriving in New Zealand. Originally from New York City, she spent her career working for Columbia University Graduate School. Liz holds a B.A. in Psychology and Business from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.

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    Shay Wright

    Head of Māori Development

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    Shay Wright

    Head of Māori Development

    • E: s.wright@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6214
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    About Shay Wright

    Ko Te Uri o Hina me Kanihi-Umutahi ngā hapū, Ko Te Rarawa me Ngāti Ruanui ngā iwi.

    Shay joined The Icehouse in 2010, gaining experience in interviewing Icehouse alumni and writing their business growth stories.  Shay runs the Māori business development unit, developing relationships with Māori entrepreneurs, iwi, and Māori organisations.

    His role involves overseeing startup support, developing growth programmes for Māori senior leaders and iwi enterprise managers, and building partnerships within the Māori economy.  “Nurturing the aspirations, potential and capability of our people will help our Māori enterprises to prosper, and the Māori culture to grow.”

    Shay comes from the centre of the universe – growing up in the rural Far North near Kaitaia.  While studying Commerce and Law at The University of Auckland, Shay was involved in Māori student organisations and mentoring high school students.  Shay is passionately involved in developing New Zealand’s future prosperity.  He is on the Board of Trustees of Teach First NZ and on the Advisory Board of the NZ-U.S Council.

     

  • Lisa Jansen

    Lisa Jansen

    Marketing Manager

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    Lisa Jansen

    Marketing Manager

    • E: l.jansen@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: +64 9 308 6230
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    About Lisa Jansen

    After 18 months as Startup Marketing and Communication Executive at The Icehouse Lisa moved into the Marketing Manager role in early 2014. While completing her Master in Commerce at the University of Auckland Lisa was the Marketing Lead for Spark, The University of Auckland Entrepreneurship Challenge. After completing her studies she spent two years working in marketing for a software distribution company. Lisa has also been involved in several startup projects including two that worked with The Icehouse. Lisa leverage her marketing and business experience as well as her knowledge of The Icehouse and the entrepreneurial ecosystem in NZ to manage the Icehouse marketing team and oversea the numerous marketing campaigns and activities.

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    Lillian Kuan

    Project Manager

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    Lillian Kuan

    Project Manager

    • E: l.kuan@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6212
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    About Lillian Kuan

    Lillian joined The Icehouse in November 2011 as a Project Manager on the ICE Accelerator team. She help facilitate business development progress of startup ventures in the incubation programme as well as looking after communication with The Icehouse pool of Executives-in-Residence.

    Prior to joining, Lillian completed her Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Auckland (Liggins Institute) and is currently pursuing a Master of Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Auckland Business School. During her science studies, she served as the CEO of Chiasma, a professional student-run organisation with the goals of linking bioscience students with the biotech industry and creating business-savvy scientists. In that year, she shared her enthusiasm for business and science and initiated a ‘science commercialisation’ workshop, which is now held annually. Lillian was also part of a team with a web bio-research tool business idea that won a Spark Ideas Challenge prize in 2010.

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    Mark MacLeod-Smith

    Market Validation Executive

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    Mark MacLeod-Smith

    Market Validation Executive

    • E: m.macleod-smith@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6212
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    About Mark MacLeod-Smith

    Mark joined The Icehouse in August 2010 as a project manager after working for Fletcher Construction as a graduate engineer. After a year in the Project Manager role, Mark moved into the newly created position of market validation executive. This position sees him working closely with Icehouse residents to ensure they qualify their opportunity with the market before investing considerable time and money.

    In addition to managing the market validation activity of The Icehouse he is also responsible for  the International Entrepreneur in Residence Programme and other key projects.

    Mark graduated from the University of Auckland with Mechanical Engineering degree and a Commerce degree majoring in Management and Finance. During his studies he spent time at the University of Washington where he took courses in Entrepreneurship.

     

  • Fiona Copland

    Fiona Copland

    Executive Assistant to CEO

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    Fiona Copland

    Executive Assistant to CEO

    • E: f.copland@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6209
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    About Fiona Copland

    Fiona Copland is the Executive Assistant to Andy Hamilton. Having worked as a Production Co-ordinator on some of New Zealand’s favourite television shows for many years, the switch to assisting The Icehouse CEO was a logical one for her.

    The fast paced environment of the world of TV has given her the skills to organise one of The Icehouse’s busiest people.

  • Kayleigh Sheekey

    Kayleigh Sheekey

    Operations and Administration Assistant

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    Kayleigh Sheekey

    Operations and Administration Assistant

    • E: k.sheekey@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6200
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    About Kayleigh Sheekey

    Kayleigh has gained a wide range of experience in many roles in the workforce since moving to New Zealand from the UK in 2007. She began working in various film production companies including Godzone Snark and Monsoon Pictures International before becoming a Baking Assistant at Loaf and taking on a PA role for a kitchen design company.

    Kayleigh then travelled around South-East Asia and moved back to London for a year to work in administrative roles for companies including Barclays Global Headquarters, and The Financial Times.

    After her travels, Kayleigh returned to New Zealand and joined the Icehouse as Operations and Administration Assistant. Driven by her passion for a creative, interactive and fast paced work environment, every day is different for Kayleigh as she provides support to the all staff, tenants and residents inside the Icehouse office. Kayleigh takes great pleasure in managing the efficient operation of the office including administrative, technology and event support to tenancy liaison, improving office sustainability, and organising social events.

  • Lisbeth Jacobs

    Lisbeth Jacobs

    Director, International

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    Lisbeth Jacobs

    Director, International

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    About Lisbeth Jacobs

    Lisbeth’s background includes a career at Bekaert (global company in metals and coatings) from R&D Manager China, Global Recruitment & Selection Manager, Corporate Technology Manager and originally a PhD Materials Engineering, University of Auckland.

    The Icehouse has a goal to enable 1000 Internationally Capable, Competitive and Successful organisations by 2020. We are working hard at defining clearly what this actually means, and have just appointed Lisbeth Jacobs to join The Icehouse as Director, International to do this. This work will be in partnership with the University of Auckland Business School – it is a major project for The Icehouse going forward as we strive to enable those 1000 internationally, capable, competitive and successful organisations!

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    Jung Chun

    Programme Advisor

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    Jung Chun

    Programme Advisor

    • E: j.chun@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6202
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    About Jung Chun

    Jung joined The Icehouse in September 2012 and has been dealing with SME’s for more than five years.

    Jungs’ previous experience includes assisting businesses with transport and logistics, commercial insurance and more recently advertising and online media solutions. Jung boasts a Diploma in business, experience running his own franchise and over five years sales experience. He’s keen to hear about your business and offer some info about how we might support you and your business.

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    Kevin Park

    Startup Business Development

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    Kevin Park

    Startup Business Development

    • E: k.park@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6203
    • Skype: kevinpark90
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    About Kevin Park

    Kevin joined The Icehouse after successfully leading the Challenges team for Spark – The University of Auckland’s Entrepreneurship challenge.

    Kevin drove the wider Auckland Start-Up community to get involved with SPARK, which resulted in the highest quality of teams and ideas the competition has ever seen. He recently graduated with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences and plans to create a solid foundation at The Icehouse before launching his next start-up venture.

  • Corin Lawrence

    Corin Lawrence

    Sales Support Executive

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    Corin Lawrence

    Sales Support Executive

    • E: c.lawrence@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6234
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    About Corin Lawrence

    Fresh out of school into property investment, Corin worked in the investment industry for 2 years as an office administrator.

    Corin has a Diploma in Small Business Management from Stotts. She has a passion for admin, is process orientated, organised and customer focused. She is sales support executive at The Icehouse working across the entire business. Corin also looks after the accounts receivable.

     

  • Celine Muir

    Celine Muir

    Business Development Executive

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    Celine Muir

    Business Development Executive

    • E: c.muir@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6242
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    About Celine Muir

    Celine joined The Icehouse in January 2013.  Having come from an event management background, The Great Catering Company, Non Solo Pizza and Poderi Crisci, she is organised, focused and friendly.

    Celine is responsible for marketing and partnership activity support focusing on The Icehouse channel and partners.

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    Jordan Hills

    Project Manager

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    Jordan Hills

    Project Manager

    • E: j.hills@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6212
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    About Jordan Hills

    Jordan joined The Icehouse as a Project Manager on the startup team in December 2011 after completing a BCom/BSc conjoint degree at the University of Auckland.  He works closely with startups to help facilitate their journey and growth throughout their time at The Icehouse as well as planning and coordinating various start-up workshops and events.

     

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    Ellie House

    Business Development Manager

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    Ellie House

    Business Development Manager

    • E: e.house@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6223
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    About Ellie House

    Ellie joined the Icehouse late in 2013 as our new Business Development Manager, and is with The Icehouse on a secondment from the Small Business team at BNZ.

    As Business Development Manager, Ellie is responsible for promoting the Icehouse offerings across New Zealand and managing relationships with our stakeholders. As well as providing a valuable link back into BNZ who are one of our key Partners.

    She has a strong marketing and event management background, and is originally from the UK, having been in New Zealand for 3 years.

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    Michaela Vodanovich

    Regional Manager – Hawke’s Bay

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    Michaela Vodanovich

    Regional Manager – Hawke’s Bay

    • E: m.vodanovich@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 021 365 678
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    About Michaela Vodanovich

    Michaela is the Regional Manager of The Icehouse Hawke’s Bay. Michaela helped to establish The Icehouse in Hawke’s Bay through her involvement with the economic development agency, Business Hawke’s Bay.

    Michaela has worked for a number of international corporates including Blue Star Group, GWA Group Ltd and Staples. She has successfully managed distribution and manufacturing businesses and has held a number of senior and general management positions.

    Michaela is passionate about revitalising regional businesses and she is highly motivated to provide the support required for owner managers to recognise their potential, clarify their business strategy and improve their capability and performance and that of their staff.

     

  • Pip Gilbert

    Pip Gilbert

    Senior Project Manager, Strategy & Development

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    Pip Gilbert

    Senior Project Manager, Strategy & Development

    • E: p.gilbert@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6236
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    About Pip Gilbert

    With a keen strategic mind and proven management capability, Pip brings clarity, calm and decisiveness to any project.  Pip joined The Icehouse in August 2013 and is responsible for the development and implementation of strategically important initiatives.  Current projects include The Business of International Quality™ Framework and mapping the journey of NZ businesses to develop high impact products that will better enable growth.

    From her early career in teaching, she honed her strategic management skills with one of NZ’s most successful Market Research companies, Research Solutions (now Ipsos).  Working as a Research Manager on client accounts as diverse as Pumpkin Patch, Barnardos, EECA, and Commonwealth Bank of Australia, she gained experience in managing large projects to provide actionable insights focused on solving a wide range of businesses problems.  Her intimate involvement with Research Solutions from inception to sale of the business, and beyond, has given her an inside understanding of the journey and challenges faced by business owners from startup, through growth, to international sale and exit.

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    Brigitte Anslow

    Finance & Compliance Executive

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    Brigitte Anslow

    Finance & Compliance Executive

    • E: b.anslow@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6226
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    About Brigitte Anslow

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    Grainne Callaghan

    Sales Executive

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    Grainne Callaghan

    Sales Executive

    • E: g.callaghan@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6233
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    About Grainne Callaghan

    Grainne joined the Icehouse in 2014 having moved to NZ after two years in Australia.

    Grainne obtained a B.A in Humanities in 2009 and has worked as a High School teacher in her native Ireland and LexisNexis in both Australia and New Zealand.

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    Michael Mason

    Marketing & Communications Executive

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    Michael Mason

    Marketing & Communications Executive

    • E: m.mason@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6208
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    About Michael Mason

    Michael joined The Icehouse in January 2014 as a Marketing and Communication Executive after travelling abroad in 2013.

    After completing a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Economics in Dunedin and Wellington, Michael moved to Auckland to work as a Marketing Executive for a New Zealand SME, Taurus Leather Company. After living in Italy and backpacking through Western Europe in 2013, he returned to Auckland to continue his career in marketing. Michael is taking a focus on events, website management, collateral and in-house design.

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    Simone Boniface

    Marketing & Communications Assistant

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    Simone Boniface

    Marketing & Communications Assistant

    • E: s.boniface@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6240
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    About Simone Boniface

    Simone joined the Icehouse in December 2013 as the Marketing Assistant after completing an internship with the Marketing team since July 2013.

    Simone will complete a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Commercial Law at the University of Auckland in June 2014. She has worked in customer service, website management, admin and promotional activities for Westfield Newmarket, The University of Auckland Business School and Fluxx: Ideas in Motion.

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    Tom Va’afusuaga

    Maori Development Programme Advisor

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    Tom Va’afusuaga

    Maori Development Programme Advisor

    • E: t.vaa@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6214
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    About Tom Va’afusuaga

    Before joining The Icehouse Tom spent a year in South Korea teaching English while also playing club rugby for Seoul and Daejeon. Of Samoan and Kiwi European decent Tom completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and International Business from The University of Auckland in 2012.

    As the Maori Development Programme Advisor, Tom primarily manages the operations for the Maori Leader programmes (aimed at Iwi Trust leaders) while also being a contact person for Maori business owners who are interested in what The Icehouse does. Tom has a passion for Maori/Pasifika business and leadership development.

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    Tony Wei

    China Market Development Hub

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    Tony Wei

    China Market Development Hub

    • E: t.wei@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6227
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    About Tony Wei

    Tony has taken up and is currently heading the China Market Development Hub programme and helping Kiwi companies accessing networks and markets in China. Tony is responsible for further developing and cultivating the partnerships that The Icehouse has with the major Chinese Technology Parks/Incubators, and working closely with our New Zealand partner in planning and executing the establishment of landing pads in major Chinese cities.

    Tony joined The Icehouse in June 2013 as a Research Analyst on the Market Validation team and provided market focused analysis and consulting to Icehouse clients in making sure their offerings were market qualified. Prior to working at The Icehouse, Tony has completed his Masters in Bioscience Enterprise (Hons) from the University of Auckland; and in addition to a variety of sales related roles, he has also had a number of research, business development and analyst roles with Pacific Channel Ltd, UniServices Ltd and Callaghan Innovation respectively. Tony has a strong passion for entrepreneurship and a caring interest for New Zealand’s growing relationship with Asia, particularly China.

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    Saku Abeysuriya

    Operations and IT Manager

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    Saku Abeysuriya

    Operations and IT Manager

    • E: s.abeysuriya@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6217
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    About Saku Abeysuriya

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    Anthony Healy

    Board Member

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    Anthony Healy

    Board Member

    About Anthony Healy

    Anthony joined the BNZ in November 2009 as Director – Business & Corporate, responsible for leading the Bank’s Partners Division, including  Banking, Markets, Private Banking, Property and Agribusiness.

    Anthony brings a breadth and depth of experience across banking and financial services in senior executive and director-level roles in an 18-year career that has spanned New Zealand, Australia, Asia and the Middle East.

    As a career banker, Anthony has spent the last 18 years with the ANZ Group, most recently as CEO of UDC Finance.  Prior to that he acted as the Deputy Group Managing Director of AmBank Group- Malaysia’s 4th-largest banking group, where he was also a Director of AmBank’s Investment bank, Commercial bank, Insurance company and Funds Management business.

    Anthony has previously held senior executive roles in Corporate and Business Banking in New Zealand and Australia. He returned to New Zealand in 2008, having previously led ANZ’s Corporate Banking business in Auckland.

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    Bernie Crosby

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    Bernie Crosby

    Board Member

    About Bernie Crosby

    Bernie Crosby, founder of Prolife Foods is a success story of The Icehouse Owner Manager Programme. Establishing well-known New Zealand brands, Alison’s Pantry, Mother Earth and Value Pack, Bernie started the business in his garage 27 years ago and has grown the Waikato based company to well over $100 million.  In 2009 Bernie was awarded an Honorary Bachelor of Business Studies from the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) recognising Bernie’s distinguished contribution to the Waikato region.

    He has also been awarded a distinguished Fellowship from the Institute of Directors and the inaugural Waikato Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Leadership Award.  Bernie has also been the recipient of the Westpac/Chamber of Commerce CEO of the year.

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    Chris Quin

    Chairman

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    Chris Quin

    Chairman

    About Chris Quin

    Chris Quin, CEO of Gen-i Australasia, is responsible for delivering converged technology and telecommunications solutions to Gen-i’s corporate, government and business clients across New Zealand and Australia.

    Chris is a founding partner and mentor for the Omega programme, which assists skilled immigrants, and is an active participant in Microsoft and Hewlett Packard’s APAC advisory boards.

    Chris was awarded an Emerging Leadership Award at the 2010 Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards for his leadership achievements and contribution to the community.

    Before becoming CEO of Gen-i Australasia in April 2008, Chris was General Manager of Gen-i New Zealand for four years. His achievements include managing the mergers of Gen-i, Computerland and Telecom Advanced Solutions. He had previously established Telecom Advanced Solutions as New Zealand’s leading integrated ICT services group, achieving year-on-year business growth and expansion into Australia.

    Before joining Telecom in 1991, Chris was Chief Financial Officer for Mitel and a Financial Accountant at Orica (formerly ICI).

    Chris has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University in Wellington.

    Chris Quin was appointed at Icehouse Board Chairman in October 2012.

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    Claudia Batten

    Board Member

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    Claudia Batten

    Board Member

    About Claudia Batten

    An avid technology entrepreneur based in Boulder Colorado, Claudia Batten was part of the founding team of technology venture Massive Inc. which sold to Microsoft Corp. in 2006.  Having carved out a successful career in the U.S, Claudia then co-founded advertising agency Victors & Spoils – the world’s first agency built on crowdsourcing. V&S was acquired by French holding company Havas in April 2012. She is rumoured to be starting her next entrepreneurial venture in the U.S and has been actively working with budding New Zealand companies to get traction internationally.

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    Dr Sean Simpson

    Board Member

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    Dr Sean Simpson

    Board Member

    About Dr Sean Simpson

    Dr Sean Simpson is chief scientific officer and co-founder of LanzaTech, a company on the threshold of solving some of the biggest problems confronting the sustainable fuels industry today. From start-up to a multinational company, Lanzatech received numerous awards for its patented technology and recently attracted investments from Vinod Khosla, one of the world’s leading clean technology investors. Passionate about building world-changing technology, Sean has a wealth of experience as an entrepreneur, persuading investors to fund start-ups and facilitating commercial success.

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    Greg Whittred

    Board Member

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    Greg Whittred

    Board Member

    About Greg Whittred

    Greg Whittred holds a B.Com (Hons) degree from the University of Queensland, an M.Ec. degree from the University of Sydney and a PhD in accounting and finance from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Previous Professorial appointments include the Faculty of Commerce and Economics at the University of New South Wales, the Australian Graduate School of Management and the University of Sydney.

    Prior to taking up the position as the Dean of the Auckland Business School, he was the Foundation President of UNSW (Asia). From February 2002 through October 2005 he was Dean of the Faculty of Commerce and Economics at the UNSW. Between 1996–2001 he held senior management positions at the Australian Graduate School of Management including Director – Executive MBA program, Associate Dean– MBA Programs and  between July 1999 and December 2000, Acting Dean.

    Greg is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a member of the Securities Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

     

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    Sally Synnott

    Board Member

    About Sally Synnott

    Sally Synnott founded Pumpkin Patch in 1990 and is still a non-executive member of the board. Pumpkin Patch began after Sally identified a gap in the market for a specialised retail brand offering design-driven kidswear. Initially a mail order business, the retail business soon followed. An entrepreneur and board member of several non-profit organisations, Sally brings The Icehouse board expertise across both industry and social sectors.

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    Tim Williams

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    Tim Williams

    Board Member

    About Tim Williams

    A pioneer of internet marketing, Tim Williams has recently returned to New Zealand from Japan. He has had an incredible career already, taking two companies public in Japan, and selling a major stake of ValueCommerce to Yahoo! Japan in 2006. Tim has been at the cutting edge of the dynamic field of internet marketing for more than a decade. Fluent in Japanese, he has been an adviser on Japan to the New Zealand government.

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    Carollyn Chaplin

    Business Adviser & Coach

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    Carollyn Chaplin

    Business Adviser & Coach

    About Carollyn Chaplin

    Carollyn brings Brand, Marketing and Commercial experience after many years in the Telecommunications industry and then following with small business and start-ups.  She is an intuitive marketer with a strong financial background.

    Her experience and skills cover the full breadth of product marketing from brand identity, positioning and business casing to performance.

    Carollyn is well versed in translating a market opportunity into a successful business proposition and has worked with many of the start up business owners in the Icehouse Hatchery.

    She is capable of working across a business from pre-start up scoping’ and initial planning to established business performance which includes Strategic & Business planning with financial analysis.

    Carollyn is results focused and can add the insight that allows a business to build a brand, set priorities and move towards achieving its strategic vision and goals.

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    Grace Barclay

    Marketing and Communications Executive

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    Grace Barclay

    Marketing and Communications Executive

    • E: g.barclay@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: (09) 308 6238
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    About Grace Barclay

    Our newest member of the team, Grace joined The Icehouse in February 2014 as Marketing Executive after returning from San Francisco where she worked on the America’s Cup. Her role will be focussed on PR, Comms and Media for The Icehouse.

    Prior to ‘that sailing race which shall not be spoken of’, Grace lived in London where she worked as an Events Facilitator for the British Heart Foundation. And, before she was bitten by the travel bug, Grace completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Marketing and Management from the University of Auckland and then worked for Barfoot & Thompson as their Marketing Assistant.

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    Kate Humphreys

    Project & Delivery Support Executive

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    Kate Humphreys

    Project & Delivery Support Executive

    • E: k.humphreys@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6235
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    About Kate Humphreys

    Kate joined the Icehouse in February 2014  after spending time traveling and working abroad.   Her overseas experience included two years working on Super Yachts based around the Mediterranean and a year in London working in Administration and Human Resources.  Prior to travelling, Kate completed a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Marketing, at the University of Otago, followed by two years working in a Public Relations agency as a Promotional Events Executive/Account Executive.

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