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United Kingdom

Connect with Kea's global network and stay informed about New Zealand news, events, opportunities, deals and occasional freebies in the UK. You'll also be inspired as you learn about those World Class New Zealanders who are making their mark in the UK and around the world.

Kea UK includes a number of nationalities who have an interest in New Zealand, so it's not just for Kiwis. Our members come from a variety of sectors, from technology through to the creative industries. We welcome new members and encourage people to use the network in the manner that best suits their needs, whether that means keeping in touch with New Zealand events or building potential business contacts.


Sign up as a member (it's free!) and receive the following benefits:

  • Regular Kea UK & Europe newsletter with information about events, offers, and subjects of interest
  • Opportunities to connect with potential business contacts, subject experts, and other talented Kiwis
  • Invitations to New Zealand-related events
  • Preferential and/or discounted entry to selected Kea events
  • Eligibility to enter in regional prize draws
  • Discounts on Kea partner products

 Contact Us

We love to hear from our members, particularly if you have any ideas to help Kea better serve you and grow in the UK. Please get in touch, or connect with us via Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Bridgid Hawley - Kea Director for UK and Europe. Bridgid joins the Kea New Zealand team as the London-based Director for the UK and Europe. 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 it's international potential.

Kea UK Advisory Group

Richard DellabarcaRichard Dellabarca
Non-Executive Chair, ICAP Securities and Derivatives Exchange

Richard is currently Non-Executive Chairman of ICAP Securities and Derivatives Exchange. Prior to this, Richard was CFO at Chi-X Global, a company that owns and operates Stock Exchanges and related products in Canada, Japan, Australia, Brazil, the US and Singapore, with shareholders including Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, UBS, Nomura, Getco and Quantlab. Previously Richard was the CFO and Co-founder of Artimi Inc, a technology company that raised $70m+ from eleven tier one venture capital firms in the US, Europe and UK. Prior to this, Richard was an investment banker for seven years with BZW (now Barclays Capital) and ABN AMRO (now RBS), after working for two years as a Corporate Tax Consultant at Coopers & Lybrand. Richard is a qualified barrister and solicitor, in addition to being a chartered accountant, with an MBA from Cambridge University.


Melanie FeisstMelanie Feisst
Lead Consultant Growth & Innovation, Inzenka

Melanie Feisst is a business growth specialist, who has spent the past five years pin-pointing promising new opportunities, and building and launching new ventures for the FTSE100, Fortune 500, social enterprises such as The Big Issue, and fast-growing small businesses. The former Daily Telegraph and Waikato Times journalist is an avid traveller, who enjoys spotting new opportunities to open the door for New Zealand businesses. Melanie joined the UK Advisory Board in 2008.

Josh Gilbertson
Co-Founder at WorkShare

Originally from Auckland and of Nga Puhi, Socttish and French descent Josh Gilbertson has lived in the UK since 2004. He is a Co-Founder and business leader of internationally successful SAAS company, SkyDox (recently rebranded WorkShare) specializing in highly secure and simple to use file sharing and collaboration solutions for the business market. Josh also sits on the board of Sandler Training and Consulting which he established in London, UK prior to founding SkyDox. At Sandler, Josh and his team have worked with CEO and MD clients from 100s of start-up to global organizations, helping improve their sales function through ongoing training, development and in-depth recruitment services. Josh developed his passion for early stage businesses from the outset of his career while working for global leading media services organization, Carat Media where he joined a new start-up division of the business, Carat Sponsor and Event Services.

Josh lives in London, is a keen supporter of the arts and is fascinated by entrepreneurship, people motivation and development. He is always interested in networking and exchanging ideas with fellow entrepreneurs, especially in the area of tech, web, marketing and creative fields.

Pete GillingwaterPeter Gillingwater
Director, European Leaders

Blenheim born Peter has been in London for 25 years and has established himself and his firm European Leaders as a successful international head-hunter and leadership development experts in the high technology and digital markets. Married with three loving yet highly demanding children, he loves promoting all things NZ and indulges significantly in Kiwi Pinot Noirs, NZ sporting tours and helping NZ Companies enter into Europe.

Sam LewisSam Lewis
Trade Commissioner (UK & Ireland), New Zealand Trade & Enterprise

Sam leads the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) team in London, supporting New Zealand businesses in their entry into and growth within the UK and Ireland. Born in Christchurch but raised in Auckland, Sam has spent close on 20 years in international market development roles for New Zealand business, including previous postings with NZTE (and Trade NZ) in Tokyo and Dubai.

Anton OliverAnton Oliver
EMBA, Cambridge

Anton Oliver was one of the youngest All Blacks when he joined the reserves bench at the age of 19 in 1995. Following in his father’s footsteps, Anton was appointed captain of the All Blacks in 2001, and played for the All Blacks for 13 years. Anton has two degrees in finance and physical education, and wrote the autobiography, ‘Inside’. Known for his passion for the arts and environmental issues, Anton became heavily involved in several environmental and child health charities. After a Masters in Environmental Policy at Oxford University, Anton has spent the last three years living and working in the city of London where, in his spare time, continues to cultivate his interest in the arts. Anton is currently reading an EMBA at Cambridge University.

Derek Smail
Executive Chairman and Independent Director

A past President of the New Zealand Society, Derek is an active member of the New Zealand community in the UK, having been involved in UK and international media for some 40 years, including 30 years as publisher of New Zealand News UK. He is a member of the World Class New Zealand Network.
An independent strategic thinker, Derek is Executive Chairman of African Media Investments Ltd and remains heavily involved in regional and international diplomatic efforts regarding Zimbabwe, where he launched the Daily News in 1999. He is a board member of the Business Council for Africa, a director of Today Translations Ltd, as well as a director and shareholder of, the innovative platform showcasing vetted investment opportunities in the Developing World. He is also a shareholder of The Providores, Peter Gordon’s award-winning restaurant in London’s Marylebone High Street.


Tubbs WanigasekeraTubbs Wanigasekera
Owner, Sacred Cafe

A successful industrial designer, marketing specialist and hospitality business owner, Tubbs has over 15 years experience in the international marketplace. Graduating from Victoria University in 1994, Tubbs was the key industrial designer for the Fisher & Paykel ‘dishdrawer’ launched to worldwide success in 1996. Tubbs relocated to London in 1998 where he worked for design companies including Fitch Design and Tangerine Design. A keen motor racer, Tubbs joined the Honda British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) team, moving into the role of commercial director in 2004. He then went on to set up Sacred Café + Kiosks in 2004, which has since expanded to 6 locations across London. Tubbs is co-owner of TAKE Racing – currently running a Porsche GT3 in the Porsche Carrera Cup and GT3 Cup UK championship – and is a keen supporter of NZ business. 

Useful Links

Kiwi cafes - a list of Kea members' favourite caffeine spots. 

Kiwi restaurants - a list of Kea members' favourite NZ restaurants.

Kiwi businesses - a list of Kea members' favourite NZ businesses.


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