Who We Are

The Icehouse Is Where Kiwi Businesses Grow.

We work with a wide range of businesses at various stages of growth – from entrepreneurs launching new ventures through to successful owner-managers wanting to take their business to the next level. Through our topic specific workshops, transformative group programmes and customised business coaching we give our customers the skills, clarity and support to grow their business or fast track their startup because no-one gets them better than we do.

New Zealand is a country of small and medium-sized businesses. The Icehouse was founded in 2001 in recognition of the importance of this sector to the NZ economy. We’re committed to creating a high performing New Zealand economy where ideas and businesses thrive. We believe that to unleash the economic potential, we need to lift the capabilities and aspirations of owners, entrepreneurs and people who run startup and SME businesses to enable them to take the business forward.

Since 2001, we have worked with over 5,000 ambitious owner-managers and entrepreneurs. On average our established businesses grow revenue by 12% every year, meaning they grow 2.5x faster than the average NZ business. Our startups have collectively created over 900 jobs, raised more than $117m in funding and have generated over $325m in revenue.

The Icehouse is owned by a not-for-profit trust and backed by the financial support and expertise of the New Zealand government and an extensive group of committed partners that includes: AJ Park, Bank of New Zealand, Deloitte Private, HP New Zealand, Microsoft New Zealand, Spark, Visa and our founder The University of Auckland Business School.

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

ESTABLISHED BUSINESSES

This is where it all started! Since 2001, we've been working with business owners to take their established business to the next level. From topic specific workshops to transformative group programmes and customised coaching, we will provide you with the skills, clarity and support to achieve your goals.

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STARTUP BUSINESSES

Having worked with hundreds of startups for over 12 years, we know what it takes to transform ideas into successful businesses. From getting new ideas off the ground and validating ideas and markets to securing investment for international growth of your business, we can help you get there faster.

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SHARED WORKSPACE

Join us and our community in our amazing, newly renovated office space in Parnell, Auckland. Our beautiful and functional office is bathed in natural light giving a wonderful open and airy environment for businesses, startups and independents to work and collaborate in as they grow their businesses.

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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

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    About Andrew Hamilton

    Andrew Hamilton joined The Icehouse in 2001 as CEO. Andy leads the charge in creating a high performing NZ economy where ideas and businesses thrive.

    He specializes in enabling business growth, innovation, networking and building funding strategies for early stage and fast growing companies. Andy is a commentator on most things to do with entrepreneurial Kiwi businesses, and gets involved in a range of ‘ecosystem’ activities to help move our companies faster and better. His earlier career has included being a lawyer, a personal assistant, a retailer and marketer and corporate venturing.

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    Maria Thompson

    Executive Assistant

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    Maria Thompson

    Executive Assistant

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    About Maria Thompson

    Maria recently joined The Icehouse as executive assistant to our busy CEO, Chair and leadership team. Maria joined us after her 5 year EA role supporting the CEO’s and Board of Directors at both Diatranz Otsuka Ltd and Living Cell Technologies. (LCT: ASX)

    Maria is an accomplished EA, bringing over 10 years EA / PA experience, dedicated to improving the effectiveness of our busy executives in dynamic and ever evolving environments. Maria’s key focus will be developing and driving a high performing culture, improving key stake holder relationships and improving technology and process across our business.

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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
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    About Liz Wotherspoon

    Liz joined The Icehouse in 2006 as Director of Growth and Coaching. Responsible for leading a wide range of activities, Lis is focused on improving the capabilities to grow established SMEs.

    Liz has spent most of her career contributing to the success of organisations through working with them to develop their most important asset – people. Liz has held various management roles at a wide variety of organisations such as Grafton Consulting Group, TMP Worldwide and the NZ Institute of Management. These have all contributed to her extensive skillset as a consultant on organisation design and structure role and competence profiling and performance management, just to name a few. Originally from New York City, Liz holds a B.A. in Psychology and Business from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.

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    Mark MacLeod-Smith

    Seed Partner

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    Mark MacLeod-Smith

    Seed Partner

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    Robbie Paul

    CEO, ICE Angels

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    Robbie Paul

    CEO, ICE Angels

    • E: r.paul@theicehouse.co.nz
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    About Robbie Paul

    Robbie is the CEO of the ICE Angels – New Zealand’s largest and most active network of investors. As CEO, Robbie spends his time supporting the 130 members, engaging with new startups, and managing the ICE Angels’ portfolio of 95 investments. Robbie is also the founder and manager of the ICE Angels Showcase Funds; annual funds that have invested in 33 startups since 2013. He is an investor in a number of startups including Avertana, Parrot Analytics, ShuttleRock, Booktrack, and 1Above.

    Robbie joined The Icehouse in 2008 after relocating from the US. He has trained under: US Angel Capital Association Hans Severiens Award Winner, Bill Payne; US ACA Director, Dan Rosen; and US Angel Resource Institute Chairman, Michael Cain.

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    Scott Turner

    Operations Manager

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    Scott Turner

    Operations Manager

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    About Scott Turner

    Scott Turner joined The Icehouse team in 2016 as the Operations Manager. Scott’s role includes overseeing all the business support functions including Finance, HR, IT and the co-working facilities.

    Scott is originally from Dunedin and started his career at Deloitte working on a range of business advisory projects. Following this, the lure of overseas travel and international work experience took him to London, contracting in the financial services sector.

    After various senior management roles within both SME and corporate business, Scott decided to provide project services through his own business.  Having a bit of an entrepreneurial spirit, he launched a startup business providing outsourced business support services in Australia and Asia. Scott has recently negotiated his exit from that entity.

    Scott is passionate about new business ideas and models and is looking forward to supporting The Icehouse team to meet the company objectives and grow.

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    Sebastian McLarin

    Company Accountant

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    Sebastian McLarin

    Company Accountant

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    About Sebastian McLarin

    Sebastian joined The Icehouse in August 2015 as a contractor initially but then became a permanent member of the team, working now as the Company Accountant. As part of the Operations team, Sebastian is responsible for the in-house finance & associated functions.

    Sebastian is qualified as a Chartered Accountant and is a full member of CAANZ. He is also a graduate from the University of Auckland, with a Graduate Diploma in Commerce and a BCom in Accounting and Commercial Law. He brings to The Icehouse over five years’ experience in Assistant & System Accountant roles.

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    Mariko Rogers

    Business Analyst

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    Mariko Rogers

    Business Analyst

    • E: m.rogers@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6217
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    About Mariko Rogers

    Mariko joined The Icehouse in 2007 and has held a variety of roles in the organisation. She is now the Delivery Support Manager in the Operations team at The Icehouse.

    Mariko comes from a travel background, both professionally and personally, with a BA in International Tourism Management and experience working for various tour operators and travel organisations in the UK.  She indulged in her passion for travel and made the move, via various stopovers, to New Zealand before joining the Icehouse.

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    Natasha Burton

    Community Office Manager

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    Natasha Burton

    Community Office Manager

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    About Natasha Burton

    Natasha joined The Icehouse as our lovely Community Office Manager in September 2014. Her role includes managing reception, relationships, resources and the overall office.

    Natasha has worked in a wide range of innovative environments including Nike NZ, Dawson’s Catering, Mojo Café and Vodafone NZ. This has spurned a results driven personality where Tash is passionate about delivering the best and building lasting relationships. With the a friendly and open demeanour, Tash is our first point of call in all the know-how and whats’ on in our office.

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    Simon Rogers

    Finance & Premise Assistant

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    Simon Rogers

    Finance & Premise Assistant

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    About Simon Rogers

    Simon has been with The Icehouse since December 2015.  As part of our busy Operations Team, Simon assists with reconciling accounts, as well as working alongside Natasha Burton in looking after the growing community of diverse businesses and startups we share our office space with.

    Starting out as an insurance underwriter in Auckland, Simon went on to spend almost 12 years based in London travelling and working.  He has held various roles in the tourism industry, including managing a team of sales people for Exodus Travels, one of the UK’s leading adventure tour operators.  Most recently Simon worked for a travel wholesaler in Auckland, specialising in putting together tours to Asia and the Middle East, then working in their finance and operations team.

    In his spare time, Simon loves to spend most of this outdoors with his young family, and surfing, trekking or climbing.

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    Candace Borchert

    Head of Sales & Marketing

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    Head of Sales & Marketing

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    • DDI: (09) 308 6221
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    About Candace Borchert

    Candace recently joined the Icehouse in March of 2016 as our Head of Sales and Marketing.  She comes to The Icehouse with a diverse mix of business experience across SME and Corporate Sectors.  Hailing from Canada originally, she commenced her career here in NZ working for a 3rd generation family business, moved into the world of start-up and onto a successful career with global corporates Cryovac-Sealed Air and Staples.

     

    Throughout her career, Candace has held senior strategic roles and national responsibility for the businesses she has represented. This meant she gained a broad exposure to the industrial, commercial, and government sectors from the factory floor to boardroom. She is committed to helping kiwi businesses achieve their aspirations, and seeing business owners and their people evolve into their full potential.

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    Michael Mason

    Customer Relationship Manager

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    Michael Mason

    Customer Relationship Manager

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    About Michael Mason

    Michael joined The Icehouse in January 2014 as a Marketing Executive after getting a taste of the travel bug. In August 2014, Michael moved to the dark side and became a Customer Relationship Manager. His easy going personality and passion for helping you find the right fit for your business, make Michael your first point of call when wanting to take your business to the next level.

    Michael has a BCom Marketing and Economics from Victoria Univeristy and worked as a Marketing Executive for NZ 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 and sales.

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    Gareth Lewis

    Customer Relationship Manager

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    Gareth Lewis

    Customer Relationship Manager

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    About Gareth Lewis

    Gareth joined The Icehouse Team at the end of March as a Customer Relationship Manager.

    Originally from Scotland, Gareth comes to us with seven years’ experience across Sales, Management and Operations, specifically in the tourism industry in New Zealand and Australia – most recently as a Retail Travel Store Manager for a high growth adventure tourism operator.

    Gareths’ experience and passion for the SME sector puts him in good stead as the person to help our Kiwi SMEs on their own journeys, relishing the opportunity to help find the best fit on how we can help your business grow and reach its full potential.

    Outside of work he spends the majority of his weekends in Summer playing in a pipe band, and loves snowboarding throughout the winter

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    Raewyn Goodwin

    Relationships Manager

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    Raewyn Goodwin

    Relationships Manager

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    About Raewyn Goodwin

    Raewyn is one of our longest standing team members having joined The Icehouse in 2001. Affectionately known as Camp Mother, Raewyn maintains relationships with participants prior to, during and after the programme in her capacity as Relationship Manager.

    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. Raewyn’s puppy, Lionel, recently joined The Icehouse as a valued team member.

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    Rachelle Thorne

    Business Development Executive

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    Business Development Executive

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    About Rachelle Thorne

    Rachelle joins The Icehouse as the Business Development Executive. Rachelle has had a career strongly anchored in strategic market development.  Having spent much of her career in the industrial and commercial sectors, her previous roles have been with Cryovac Sealed Air (JohnsonDiversey) and Staples. She has held national responsibility for managing some of our closely aligned stakeholders including BNZ, Foodstuffs and other well-known brands such as Intercontinental Hotel Group and Restaurant Brands.

    Most recently, Rachelle has been managing a team of Sales Support Professionals at Staples, having chosen to put family first and take a role which reduced her national travel and overtime in order to spend time with her son. Over her time with Staples, she was instrumental in culture development initiatives, large customer/government implementations, process development and project management; skills which will hold her in good stead for delivering on Icehouse promises to our key partnerships.

     

     

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    Elena Sevastianova

    Delivery Support Executive

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    Elena Sevastianova

    Delivery Support Executive

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    About Elena Sevastianova

    Elena joined The Icehouse in October 2014 as the Delivery Support Executive. Elena is behind the scene organising our various workshops and programmes.

    Originally from Russia, Elena gained her event management skills after working for five years for the biggest Russian Radio broadcast company, Europa Plus as their Event and Project Coordinator. She then decided to make her way to the beautiful land of the long white cloud to progress her education and career. She has a strong passion for events, brilliant organisational skills and consistently meets the high level of customer service expectations. Elena is very sociable, absolutely loves travelling, discovering new places and meeting new people.

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    Michaela Vodanovich

    Regional Manager – Hawke’s Bay

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    Michaela Vodanovich

    Regional Manager – Hawke’s Bay

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    About Michaela Vodanovich

    Michaela joined The Icehouse in 2012 as 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.

     

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    Kate De Lautour

    Business Development Manager – Hawke’s Bay

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    Kate De Lautour

    Business Development Manager – Hawke’s Bay

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    About Kate De Lautour

    Kate de Lautour joined The Icehouse early 2014 following her role as communications manager for Business Hawke’s Bay and the Chamber of Commerce.

    Kate works closely with other support agencies in Hawke’s Bay including the Regional Business Partner (NZTE voucher scheme) and Callaghan Innovation in her role as Business Development manager. Kate has previously worked for the BBC World Service in London as a broadcast journalist and now divides her time between The Icehouse and the co-ownership of two wine businesses.

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    Kristin Mooney

    Marketing and Communications Lead

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    Kristin Mooney

    Marketing and Communications Lead

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    About Kristin Mooney

    Kristin recently joined The Icehouse in July of 2016 as our Marketing and Communications Lead. Since moving to New Zealand in 2010 from Canada, Kristin has made her mark in leading successful marketing and brand campaigns for well-known kiwi brands like Air New Zealand, Mac’s beer, House of Travel and ecostore. Her experience in building strategic-lead content for New Zealand and global audiences has led to new benchmarks of customer engagement for these brands.

    Being a part of a small family-owned real estate development business from a young age, Kristin has had valuable exposure to what it takes for SMEs to succeed. She is driven to use her experience in companies big and small to help kiwi business thrive in an ever-changing global marketplace.

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    Sarah Wilkinson

    Marketing & Sales Assistant

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    Sarah Wilkinson

    Marketing & Sales Assistant

    • E: s.wilkinson@theicehouse.co.nz
    • DDI: 09 308 6240
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    About Sarah Wilkinson

    Sarah joined The Icehouse in July 2015 as the Marketing Assistant. She has completed a Bachelor of Design, majoring in Graphic Design from Auckland University of Technology.

    Previously working in a Front of House position and as a part-time Graphic Designer, Sarah decided to use her creativity and design skills towards a career in marketing.

    Outside of work you will find Sarah keeping active, at the beach (seasonal) or drawing illustrations. She is looking forward to travelling to Rio de Janeiro next year to watch the Olympics.

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    Laura Courtney

    Marketing & Communications Assistant

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    Laura Courtney

    Marketing & Communications Assistant

    • E: l.courtney@theicehouse.co.nz
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    About Laura Courtney

    Laura was introduced to The Icehouse through her Public Relations Major at the Auckland University of Technology. Laura joined The Icehouse team at the end of 2015 as an intern in their marketing team. After graduating, Laura began working with The Icehouse Team as the Marketing Communciations Assistant. Laura has a real passion for PR and is excited to continue to grow her skills, both in Marketing and Comms, with the help of The Icehouse and her awesome Marketing Team.

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    Jack McQuire

    ICE Angels, Network Manager

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    Jack McQuire

    ICE Angels, Network Manager

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    About Jack McQuire

    Jack joined The Icehouse in November 2013, working within the ICE Angels team before becoming a Capital Funding Analyst in December 2014. He supports Robbie to enable investment into high-growth NZ startups and deliver an outstanding experience for both angels and entrepreneurs.

    Jack is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Auckland, expected to graduate in 2016. His interest in angel investment has been launched with modest investments Parrot Analytics, Crimson Consulting and PowerbyProxi. A talented team member, Jack has redesigned the process for reporting on the ICE Angels $50m portfolio and lead the first “Exit Series” to promote fast and successful exits.

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    Jason Wang

    Funding Analyst

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    Jason Wang

    Funding Analyst

    About Jason Wang

    Jason joined The Icehouse in March, 2015 as ICE Angels investment analyst intern while studying Master of Business Management at the University of Auckland. Jason is supporting ICE Angels with investment analysis, facilitating Angel investment and empowering early-stage ventures through through hands-on coaching & due diligence support.

    Moved to New Zealand in 2013 after previously working in China as first point of contact for a company dealing with foreign affairs, Jason has developed a deep and wide understanding of cultural difference and is devoted to taking the initiative to increase the involvement of Asian business leaders for ICE Angels to engage with, and invest in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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    Kate Wightman

    ArcAngels Network Manager

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    Kate Wightman

    ArcAngels Network Manager

    • E: k.wightman@theicehouse.co.nz
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    About Kate Wightman

    Kate was introduced to the Icehouse in 2015, working with the First Cut Ventures team before becoming the Network Manager for ArcAngels in 2016. She is responsible for engaging with new female-led start-ups, supporting the members within the ArcAngels network and facilitating due diligence on companies.  She recently graduated from the University of Auckland with Bachelor of Biotechnology (Hons) and completed her research with Comvita Innovation. During her study, Kate developed a passion for entrepreneurship and science commercialisation, so she particularly enjoys working with start-ups in the science or tech space. Outside of work, Kate is a competitive road cyclist and competes in elite women’s races across New Zealand. She hopes to compete in a number of international races in 2017.

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    Pete Sivak

    Lightning Lab Programme Manager

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    Pete Sivak

    Lightning Lab Programme Manager

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    About Pete Sivak

    Pete is the Programme Manager for Lightning Lab Digital 2016 in Auckland. He has a background in on customer success, operations and business analysis. Before moving to New Zealand he spent time building Pact Coffee, one of London’s most popular startups, and SPOKE, a menswear e-commerce company.

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    Chris Quin

    Board Chairman

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    Chris Quin

    Board Chairman

    About Chris Quin

    Chris joined Foodstuffs North Island as CEO in September 2015 with 28 years’ experience in leadership roles. His most recent position was CEO of the Home, Business and Mobile division of Spark NZ (previously Telecom NZ), where he was praised for his role in Spark’s business transformation programme and is well known as the leader who fronted to Telecom Business customers during the XT issue.

    During 2012, he spent three months at Acting CEO of Spark Group and from 2008-2012 was CEO of the then Gen-i Australasia (now Spark Digital). Chris is Chairman of The Icehouse and an active participant in the ICT industry. In July 2010, Chris was the recipient of an Emerging Leader Award at the annual Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards, in recognition of his leadership achievements and contribution to the community. He also received the Chairman’s Award at the 2010 TUANZ Innovation Awards.

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    Andy Shenk

    Board Member

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    Andy Shenk

    Board Member

    About Andy Shenk

    Andy joined Auckland UniServices Limited as CEO in March 2013. Prior to this, he was Chief Scientist at Fonterra Cooperative Group with global responsibility for leveraging external R&D capabilities, technologies and funding. Andy also had a governance role in Fonterra’s venture investing activities, which he established while he was the Senior VP – Venture Investments, based with Burrill and Company in San Francisco.

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    Greg Whittred

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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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    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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    Anne Catley

    Board Member

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    Anne Catley

    Board Member

    About Anne Catley

    Anne Catley jointly founded Marstel Terminals (now called Stolthaven) in 1987 and has been CFO of the Company throughout its history.  During this time, Anne has provided strategic input and financial guidance to the senior management team and Board as well as having direct responsibilities in accounting roles for audit, tax, IT project implementation and statutory reporting.  Her major achievements have been steering the banking requirements of a fast growing business and introducing new equity players into the business as the need arose. Prior to Marstel, Anne worked for Arthur Andersen, ExxonMobil and Coles Myer in Melbourne and Universal Matchbox in Hong Kong.

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    Tim Williams

    Board Member

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    Tim Williams

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    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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    Craig Donaldson

    Board Member

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    Craig Donaldson

    Board Member

    About Craig Donaldson

    Craig Donaldson has more than 25 years of Financial Market experience in New Zealand and the United States, encompassing business building, restructuring and running a number of market-leading financial businesses.

    He has held Managing Director/VP positions with Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch & most recently with Royal Bank of Scotland. Currently sits on the Global Board of KEA New Zealand, Board of The Icehouse & is an Executive in Residence at the University of Business School. Craig holds a B.Com in Accounting from Auckland University Business School & Management Diploma’s from London Business School.

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    Shelley Ruha

    Board Member

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    Shelley Ruha

    Board Member

    About Shelley Ruha

    Shelley Ruha joined the executive team of BNZ in November of 2011 after 22 years with the business. She began her BNZ career as part of the graduate programme in 1990, and has since developed a large amount of leadership experience in roles right across the bank. As Director – Partners, Shelley is responsible for a team of 1200 across the country. Her responsibilities also include BNZ’s Wholesale, Corporate and Property banking teams. Prior to joining the executive team she was Head of Institutional Banking and spearheaded the successful campaign to win the INFINZ Bank of the Year in May 2011.

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    Greg Tomlinson

    Board Member

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    Jonathan Reid

    Board Member

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    Board Member

    About Jonathan Reid

    Jonathan co-founded the VMG Group of companies 10 years ago together with funding from Sir Stephen Tindall. With unchanged ownership, the Group today has a global team in excess of 600 spread across 6 countries. An entrepreneur at heart, in 2011 with the blessing of VMG’s shareholders Jonathan led the formation of VMG Ventures – the company’s corporate VC arm which has the remit of “smart money” investing (via a combination of repatriated profits and co-investments) into emerging businesses. Jonathan relocated in early 2015 into an all-encompassing role leading and growing VMG Ventures. Jonathan now splits his time evenly between assisting portfolio companies with growth and governance initiatives, and evaluating new M&A opportunities.  VMG Ventures has a growing seven figure investment budget on an annual basis and collaborates with 25% shareholders K1W1, as well as other members of the New Zealand and global investment community. Jonathan is Chairman of High-Tech Award winning company Rush Digital, is Chairman of leading global “skunk works” Goat Ventures, is a Director of Liverton Technology Group, and is a Director of a number of the VMG Group subsidiary companies. Jonathan spends a considerable amount of time each year on the East Coast of the United States where he has a number of business interests.

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