In alphabetical order:
Sarah Abdel-Aal – Programme Manager – World Class New Zealand, based at Kea HQ, Auckland. Originally from Germany, Sarah has recently arrived in New Zealand and brings with her knowledge and experience of international markets and cultures. In the past she has been heavily involved in political leadership development and European Union policy. Sarah holds a BA European Studies and speaks German, English, French and Dutch. A passionate ‘Friend of New Zealand’, she dedicates her time at Kea to the development of the World Class New Zealand programme. View Sarah's LinkedIn profile.
Dayna Bradley – Financials and Compliance. Dayna has worked with Kea since September 2005. With a background in Information Systems and Records Management, Dayna initially managed Kea’s technology platform and several website development projects prior to taking over Kea’s financials and reporting. Dayna now manages Kea’s legal contracts, budgets and financial reporting, annual audit and reporting to Government. She continues to assist with other projects/initiatives as needed. View Dayna's LinkedIn profile.
Ginny Clark - Operations Manager & Executive Assistant to the Global CEO, based at Kea HQ, Auckland. Ginny joined Kea in March 2011 to support Dr. Sue Watson, Kea’s Global CEO and also handles the day-to-day running of accounts and payroll as well as overseeing the office premises. Ginny has held many senior Executive Assistant roles in both Auckland and Sydney including Safekids New Zealand, Gambling Helpline, SKYCITY Auckland, TNT Australia and Crone & Associates. View Ginny's LinkedIn profile.
Stephen Dee - World Class New Zealand Programme Director, based at Kea HQ, Auckland. Stephen first joined Kea in September 2010 as Regional Manager for the UK , based in London. In January 2012 he moved home to New Zealand to take up the role of Director for World Class New Zealand. The World Class New Zealand network is a collaborative initiative between Kea Global and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. The network exists to strengthen its members’ Kiwi ties while contributing their unique talents and influence for the benefit of New Zealand. Membership is by invitation only.
Stephen’s career spans significant periods in higher education and in performing arts and entertainment – he has run opera companies in New Zealand and Australia and has co-produced a West End musical. Most recently Stephen worked as UK General Manager Arts and Entertainment for IMG, the global sports and entertainment conglomerate. View Stephen's LinkedIn profile.
Craig Donaldson is both a global board member and CEO of Kea. Craig has a successful record in global banking with large financial institutions, having held management positions at the Royal Bank of Scotland, Deutsche Bank and Banker's Trust in the UK and America. As the former head of the Royal Bank of Scotland's North American Foreign Exchange business, Craig led the division's growth into the top five of foreign exchange businesses in North America. Craig is also an investor and entrepreneur, and recently returned to New Zealand with his family. View Craig's LinkedIn profile.
Bridgid Hawley - Kea Director for UK and Europe based in London, UK. After graduating from Auckland University with a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts, Bridgid spent 5 years in Beijing studying Mandarin and working for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. As the foundation manager for NZTE's Beachheads Programme in China, Bridgid worked alongside top New Zealand exporters as they developed their market presence, facilitating access to high profile private sector mentors and key contacts in the market. A passionate New Zealander, Bridgid is keen to support the implementation of Kea's new global strategy and help New Zealand fulfill its international potential. View Bridgid's LinkedIn profile.
Sheridan Hornsby-Hunt – World Class New Zealand Network Relationship Manager based at Kea HQ Auckland. Sheridan’s the new kid on the Kea block and brings a coalface understanding of the challenges facing NZ on a global stage. As the original Executive Officer of the NZ Software Association, she acquired a special appreciation of how the power of networking worked for members. Specifically, it presents opportunities to tap into the collective experiences of those around a dinner table or participating in online forums, which often presented valuable insights into common problems.
Over the last 10 years, Sheridan has helped numerous business owners and entrepreneurs from every sector to define and articulate what makes them different and communicate that in a captivating business story online. In her new role, she’ll be helping Kea leverage the unique skills and global connectedness of World Class NZ Network members for the shared purpose of helping NZ grow economically and socially. View Sheridan's LinkedIn profile.
Tim Huston – Commercial Director, based at Kea HQ, Auckland. Tim joined Kea in March 2012, having recently returned to New Zealand after spending 10 years working in Australia. Tim brings to the role 20 years of experience in the online advertising, recruitment communications and digital marketing sectors. He has worked for Haines Attract and Saatchi & Saatchi in NZ, and monster.com, News Digital Media and DoubleClick in Australia. Tim’s most recent role was Commercial Director at Golf Link partners in Sydney, where he was responsible for developing new revenue streams and increasing member engagement for this niche online business. Tim will be responsible for partner and sponsor relationships with Kea and commercialisation of the Kea global network including the online community and the Leaders for New Zealand network. View Tim's LinkedIn profile.
Courtney Jarrett – Communications Advisor, based at Kea HQ, Auckland. Courtney joined Kea New Zealand in June 2012. Courtney manages Kea's social media platforms, focused on expanding the reach of Kea's network into a global 'borderless nation' of New Zealanders and 'Friends of New Zealand'. Courtney has a Bachelor of Communication Studies from AUT University, and is passionate about social entrepreneurship. View Courtney's LinkedIn profile.
Sam Mickell - Global Communications Director, based at Kea HQ, Auckland. Sam has world-wide experience in creative and marketing communications roles across digital and traditional media, with experience in both the private and public sector. Sam has produced digital and broadcast content for top-rating TV shows in both America and New Zealand, and worked for Tourism New Zealand as well as global film and television company Eyeworks. Sam co-founded Gotta Love NZ; an online travel community of over 229,000 users, and has a strong interest in the tech sector. Sam's team focuses on building a 1 million strong 'borderless nation' of online champions, advocates and storytellers for New Zealand. View Sam's LinkedIn profile.
Matt Monk – Digital Producer, based at Kea HQ, Auckland. Matt joined the communications team in July 2012 and looks after Kea’s newsletters and Kea’s website. Matt has worked in print and online marketing and editorial, having worked as a freelance writer and editor for several publications and also brings his media marketing and PR experience to Kea’s communications team. Matt has worked for APN, Tangible Media, Eleven PR, Impact PR and more, and is passionate about bringing quality and relevant information to Kea’s members and the New Zealand media. View Matt's LinkedIn profile.
Gillian Moore – Events, China. Based in Shanghai, China. Gillian joined Kea in September 2011. Gillian spent her formative years in NZ broadcasting working in radio and television production. Later she focussed on event management for Kiwi Dairies and Fonterra. She managed large projects such as the exhibits for Kiwi Dairies and Fonterra at the NZ National Agricultural Fieldays and the Fonterra launch. Gillian has also lived in London and San Francisco. View Gillian's LinkedIn profile.
Ngapera Riley - World Class New Zealand Network Relationship Manager based at Kea HQ Auckland. Ngapera has recently joined the World Class Team at Kea and is excited to help grow the World Class New Zealand Network. She is proudly Maori (Te Arawa) and although she has a science degree, has spent the majority of her career working in government, business and more recently tertiary education. Ngapera has previously worked in the United States based in New York and Los Angeles helping NZ companies enter the US Market and succeed on the global stage as part of NZTE. Her areas of expertise include relationship building, project and event management and she is passionate about creating events that develop networks and business opportunities. View Ngapera’s linkedIn profile.
Kirsty Stanhope - Business Development Manager. Kirsty has worked in Public Relations and Advertising for many years, most of those spent with Saatchi & Saatchi, Porter Novelli, M&N Communications and most recently project based work with Redbridge Communications. Her experience in both disciplines combined with her passion for communication and a flare for creative approach, means her methodology is always comprehensive and innovative. After spending over seven years in South East Asia, two in the United Arab Emirates and currently living in Shanghai she feels strongly about understanding matters of culture in order to deliver appropriate communications solutions. Currently Kirsty sits on the Kea China Advisory Board and the British International School Shanghai’s Strategic Planning Board. View Kirsty's LinkedIn profile.