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It takes a special kind of person to have built up successful careers in business but then to take time out to help companies in need of advice or to assist the next generation of company founder get started in the right way. Without getting paid for it. As you can see, we are lucky to have a wealth of business talent in Taranaki and we are even luckier that those with that expertise are willing to share.

Craig Oliver

Craig is a Business Owner, Podcaster, Coach, Consultant and Project Manager.  He is an accredited New Zealand Business Mentor, and has workplace coaching qualifications from the New Zealand Coaching & Mentoring Centre.  Over the years Craig has worked in both the corporate and private sectors, and as a business owner across various industries. He has worked with business owners across  New Zealand and overseas.  Craig has been involved in banking, furniture manufacture and sales, telco, construction sales, project management, business management, insurance, sales and marketing training,  sales coaching, and business consultancy.

Brigitte Colombo

Brigitte is the Chief Information Officer at Powerco, responsible for leading their IT transformation.  Following a successful international IT consulting career, she returned to her native New Zealand in 2014.  She brings extensive leadership, strategy and change management experience gained from IT projects at large companies across multiple industries.  She is passionate about developing technology skills in Taranaki, especially for girls, maori and pasifika students.

Donna Yeats

Donna is the owner of The Marketing Consultancy and an accredited Business Mentor. Having spent her entire career in marketing she has worked her way from Office Junior to Strategic Planning Director at one of the UK’s top 5 Digital Marketing Agencies. Donna has experience of start-ups all the way through to global blue-chip organisations and is passionate about developing companies, seeing growth and seeing results following her recommendations.  

Shona Glentworth

Shona Glentworth offers coaching, mentoring an personal development through her business Implement Limited. She has been supporting local businesses for 15 years, following a career in the Dairy Industry in a range of roles. She loves to work with both businesses and individuals to help them reach their full potential.

Nick Jones

Nick is co-founder of Indemic - a (physical) Product Design and Manufacturing studio in Inglewood. Nick has experience designing and commercialising products across a number of industries both within New Zealand and abroad. He is a strong advocate for early up-front research, testing, and validation and fast-fail methodologies, as well as the intrinsic connection between brand, experience and product - he also walks the talk, developing in-house ventures on an ongoing basis.

Suman Modgill

Suman has been involved in I.T. for over 25 years. He is a NPBHS old boy, qualified in business from Massey University and is an Apple Certified Professional. Suman setup Proformac with his wife, Seema, in 1991 and is now involved in several other businesses including Idea Summit sponsor Learner Me. Prior to that he worked at Synfuels (now Methanex) in Management Information Systems. Suman has always had a deep appreciation of technology and how it’s implementation can help businesses improve their work flow and efficiency.