Inspiring Students. Unleashing Leaders.

Inspiring young people to discover their potential in business and in life. Making this happen is what excites us. That’s why we love what we do.


Our team are here to help and we would love to hear from you – so whether you want to chat to your Regional Coordinator, Roaming Teacher or someone from HQ – everyone’s contact details are below.

The team


Office Dog

aka 'Chief Happiness Officer'

Terry Shubkin

Chief Executive

aka ‘Chief Excitement Officer’

04 570 3392 | 021 611 312

Yvona Hassed

Chief Financial Officer

aka 'First Lady of Finance'

04 570 3982 | 021 022 59945

Elizabeth Pittman

Head of YES

aka 'Chief Student Wrangler'

022 674 4514

Terry is our resident Chief Excitement Officer, and she maintains that it is the best job in the world. During her 18 years in the IT industry, Terry had a passion for helping young people – from mentoring, to her active involvement in Women in Technology, to chairing the Unisys Kidz Connect Grant programme. Since 2010, Terry has been following that passion full time at the helm of Young Enterprise.

When she’s not busy being inspired by our students, Terry can be found travelling, at her bach beating fresh paua with a 2 by 4 (apparently it’s the only way to make it tender), or training for her next half marathon. She’s a self-confessed ‘plodder’ and only runs because of her enduring love of food and wine – which serves her well as a Trustee of the Wellington Culinary Events Trust.
Yvona is a born and bred Wellingtonian. She studied at Victoria University, where she gained her BCA. As a Chartered Accountant, Yvona has an extensive background in finance roles, primarily in the private sector. Over the last 20 years Yvona has worked for Deloitte, BP Oil, Contact Energy and Software Education.

Yvona has 2 young children and really resonates with the purpose of Young Enterprise. She believes financial literacy is an important skill and it proud to be working for an organisation that teaches this life skill.

When Yvona is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, walking the beautiful hills of Mt Kau Kau and a glass or two of wine.
Liz originally hails from the USA but has worked in NZ for the past few years, most recently leading a team at Oranga Tamariki.

Carla Steed

Head of Partnership & Marketing

aka 'Creator of Raving Fans'

04 570 3390

Paul Newsom

Head of Feeder Programmes

aka ‘Curator of Curiosity’

04 570 3984 | 021 784 070

Dan Khan

Chief Digital Officer

aka 'Geek-In-Chief'

021 203 4298

Ian Musson

Head of Māori Engagement

aka 'Manavator'

Paul brings a hugely varied range of experiences to the team here at Young Enterprise. He has worked on everything from solar power installations in Botswana, to food factories in England, to sewage works in Wellington, to exhibition halls in Israel. He was self-employed for many years before catching the Young Enterprise bug. Now he motivates teachers and students nationwide to get into entrepreneurship and financial literacy. His talents extend far beyond working with people – he is training to run a ½ marathon, and can always be relied upon to provide amazing baking!

Jessikah Cresswell

Comms & Marketing Adviser

aka 'Chief Cheerleader'

04 570 0452 | 027 752 1606

Alex Bullot

Operations & Events Coordinator

aka 'Head of Random Stuff '

04 570 0452 | 027 370 6645

Louis Ivory

Operations Coordinator

aka 'VP of Miscellaneous Stuff'

04 570 0452

Katie Kuo

Operations Coordinator

aka 'VP of Miscellaneous Stuff'

04 570 3985

Jessikah is an Alumni of YES and participated in the scheme in 2013. She moved to Wellington after completing a BA in Media and Psychology at Canterbury university.
Growing up in Marlborough has left Jess with a love of good wine and is a self-confessed foodie. After two years in our operations team Jess has become our Comms & Marketing Adviser in 2020.
Louis is an all-round generalist who has tried his hand at everything from working at a sushi restaurant and studying animation, to spending time in Central and Local government.

As a born and raised Wellingtonian Louis enjoys his time out on the coast and in the mountains as often as possible. Louis says he can’t wait to get on board and see what Young Enterprise is all about.

Nitha Vashti

Finance Coordinator

aka 'Number Cruncher'

04 570 3395

Lucy Wymer

Content Creator | Remote Roaming Teacher

aka ‘Far away knowledge tree’

09 265 3230 | 022 043 0142

Andrea Panther

Roaming Teacher - Northland

aka 'Arranger of Awesome'

021 084 11927

Yasmin Gray

Roaming Teacher - Auckland

aka 'Arranger of Awesome'

021 251 8894

Lucy joined Young Enterprise as our first Roaming Teacher. She takes her expertise on the road to teachers, with a specific focus on schools with a high Pasifika population. Her work in this area has seen academic achievement in Business Studies grow in these schools. There have also been some wonderful success stories as enterprising students in those schools have gone on to achieve amazing things.

Originally from England, Lucy has taught for 17 years including a 9 year stint at Aorere College in Auckland, where she delivered enterprise programmes. She still largely works in the South Auckland region now, and is an inspiration to many of the educators she works with.
Andrea joins us from Kaitaia College to support YES teachers and students in the Northland region.
In 2014 Yasmin discovered a keen passion for business and entrepreneurial skills. She has previously been involved with YES in her position as business teacher at Henderson High School. She was very successful in this role and has had a number of National Award winning teams in this time including El Paleo Chocolate, and Olelei, which took out company of the year in 2017.
At the age of 19 Yasmin, who has a strong passion for dance, opened her own ballet school which has continued to grow over the past 16 years. Before her time as business teacher she was Head of Department for dance curriculum at Henderson High School.

Colette Mintoft

Gisborne Regional Coordinator & Roaming Teacher - Hawke's Bay & Gisborne

aka 'Student Wrangler & Arranger of Awesome'

022 043 2490

Yolande Rosario

Roaming Teacher - Wellington

aka 'Arranger of Awesome’

04 570 3391 | 021 520 930

Regan Powell

Roaming Teacher - South Island

aka 'Arranger of Awesome'

027 414 4355

Sian McMillan

Roaming Teacher - Pasifika

aka 'Arranger of Awesome'

027 342 6274

Colette joins us from William Colenso College in Napier to support YES teachers and students in the Hawke's Bay & Gisborne region.
Yolande is the Roaming Teacher for the Wellington region. Originally from a teaching background, she has taught at preschool, primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Yolande has a MCom in Financial Management, a Diploma in Education and a certificate in adult education. Young Enterprise is a great fit for Yolande as it utilises her enterprise and financial knowledge and still allows her to have contact with students and educators. Yolande also has a well-stocked lolly jar on her desk, which is much appreciated by the rest of us!
Regan works at Roncalli College, Timaru at the same time as supporting YES teachers and students in Timaru and South Canterbury.

Madison Barnett

Auckland Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

027 650 6000

Pascale Hyboud-Peron

Bay of Plenty Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

021 116 9087

Idoia Alday Gonzalez

Canterbury Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

021 549 280

Lisa Uncles

Hawke's Bay Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

022 323 9611

Kellie Gosper

Manawatu Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

021 0814 4954

Trina Zimmerman

Nelson & Marlborough Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

03 548 1363

Gary Larkan

Northland Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

027 281 9981

Sarah Rickerby

Otago Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

027 295 9034

Atawhai Gillies

Rotorua/Taupo Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

Stacey Gallagher

South Canterbury Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

03 555 5094 | 027 223 7170

Joanne O'Connor

Southland Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

027 733 1959

Katja Eager

Taranaki Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler

021 170 2477

Penny Bunting

Waikato Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

021 031 5208

Jake Schultz

Wellington Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

04 570 3981 | 027 762 6373

Wayne Prince

Programme Facilitator

aka 'Shabooya Squad'

027 237 9657

Jesse Armstrong

Programme Facilitator

aka 'Shabooya Squad'

022 043 3536

Erica Austin

Programme Facilitator

aka 'Shabooya Squad'

Ezekiel Raui

Programme Facilitator

aka 'Shabooya Squad'

021 062 0771

Mid Thomas-Savelio

Programme Facilitator

aka 'Shabooya Squad'

022 042 4414

Young Enterprise Regional Coordinators

We have an amazing network of coordinators throughout the country who are here to help. Find your local coordinator for info on local YES events.

Our patron

Our Patron

The Patron of Young Enterprise Trust is Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy, Governor-General of New Zealand. Her Excellency was sworn in as New Zealand’s 21st Governor-General for a five year term on 28 September 2016. Her Excellency has previously worked in governance and management roles for public and private sector companies throughout New Zealand, and has contributed to the governance of many creative and charitable organisations.

Our Board of Trustees

The Board of Young Enterprise Trust provides strategic direction and governance for our organisation. Our Trustees are passionate about youth development, and see the development of enterprising young people as critical to New Zealand’s future.

Norm Thompson


Phil Muir


David Downs


Mark Eglinton


Norm Thompson, who become our chairman in 2018, joined Air New Zealand in their Finance Division in 1968. Over his 45-year career he rose through the ranks to become their Chief of Sales, and Deputy Chief Executive Officer from 2007 until his retirement in 2013. Thompson has had extensive experience in board governance; this includes serving as Chairman of the Tourism Industry Association of NZ, Chairman of the Air New Zealand Environment Trust, Deputy Chairman of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) and Chairman of Altitude Ltd. Thompson was awarded an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for his services to business and tourism in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Phil Muir brings to the Board experience in a critical sector for us – education! Having been the Deputy Principal at Manurewa High School when they introduced YES in 2012, Phil is a raving fan through and through. Not only did Phil introduce our flagship programme at Manurewa High School, but was a key driver of setting up the Manurewa High School Business Academy with a focus of driving enterprise education within all areas and year levels of the school. After 20 exciting years at Manurewa High, Phil moved to become the Regional Principal for Westmount Schools and once again introduced YES into the curriculum there. He has since changed focus and now believes that the greatest potential for igniting students’ passion about their future lies in intermediate schools. As Area Leader at Farm Cove Intermediate he integrated a term-long enterprise programme, similar to the Business Challenge. Phil believes that the way of the future in education lies with YES. He is now the Principal at Northcote Intermediate School and is implementing new initiatives there to get his students thinking about enterprise at a young age.
David brings a diversity of experiences and networks to the Board across both multi-national corporations and SMEs. Additional to his day job as General Manager – Projects for NZTE, David is involved in a range of other work such as raising $1m for the Malaghan Institute. He is experienced in start-up business in industries such as ICT, hospitality, and television. David is also on the boards of Venture Taranaki, the Well Foundation, the Hi-Tech Trust and a number of start-up businesses in the tech sector. He is an accomplished public speaker (some of you will have seen him MC the YES National Awards last year) and a published author including books on Innovation in New Zealand. David has been a fan of YES for many years through his role at NZTE, but took that to a whole new level becoming a raving fan after his son Jack went through YES in 2016.
Mark Eglinton is currently CEO of NDA Engineering, one of New Zealand’s leading engineering businesses. Mark previously held a number of senior positions within Fletcher Challenge Building, Fletcher Aluminium, Tenon Limited. Mark is a Director of Snapperrock International and a former Trustee of the First Foundation. He has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Otago. Mark was named the Emerging International Business Leader at the 2009 New Zealand International Business Awards.

Sheena Henderson


Rachel Taulelei


Andy Symons


Jeriel Sajan

Youth Trustee

Sheena is the Managing Director of Cluster Consulting Group and is a Christchurch-based consultant specialising in business leadership, branding and corporate advisory work.  She has over 20 years of business experience gained locally and internationally.  Sheena has led large businesses successfully, latterly within Fonterra where she held several senior roles.  Sheena is also a Director at Radio New Zealand.
Rachel Taulelei is CEO of Kono NZ, one of New Zealand’s top 100 food and beverage companies. Previously, Rachel founded the sustainable seafood company Yellow Brick Road, which has since been acquired by Kono’s owner, Wakatu Incorporation. In 2015 Rachel received a New Zealand Order of Merit for services to food and hospitality, and in 2012 she was the recipient of a Blake Leader Award from the Sir Peter Blake Trust, on whose board she now sits. Rachel is also a YES aluma, having taken part at St Oran’s College, and has been a dedicated mentor and judge for many years.
Andy Symons is Financial Services Sector Leader, and Innovation Partner for PwC New Zealand. Andy has built significant executive leadership and financial services advisory experiences throughout his career. His roles have varied from experienced executive to CEO to startup founder and have seen him work with the likes of National Australia Bank, Bank of New Zealand and Loyalty New Zealand. Andy has a broad range of expertise across industries including banking, insurance, telecommunications and consulting.
Jeriel is the first to hold a Youth Trustee position on our board. A YES alumna who participated in both 2015 and 2016, Jeriel developed a passion for both business and the work of Young Enterprise and is excited to now be on our board. Jeriel has continued her keen interest in business and is now completing a bachelor’s degree in business studies at the Eastern Institute of Technology in Hawkes Bay. A mentor for 2 youth groups, Jeriel has also been involved in many community and youth projects. Most recently Jeriel travelled to the Philippines to teach and inspire young people. She is also an enthusiast singer and guitar player having released an album in 2017.

Our Supporters' Council

Our Supporters' Council was formed in 2004, and is made up of respected leaders from a wide range of business and community organisations. The members act as advocates and representatives of the stakeholders who are relevant to the Trust’s operations. Each Council member is elected for a term of six (6) years. Within this time they meet biannually to provide feedback support and advice, whilst also assisting the Trustees to perform their functions.

Andrea Davies, Registrar, Massey University
Graham Shaw, Director, Pushpay Holdings Limited
Jenny Jago, Strategy and Investment Portfolio Manager, DairyNZ
Andy Symons , Innovation Partner, PWC
Rebecca Turner, Deputy Chair, Todd Foundation Ltd
Angus Fletcher, Chairman, The Fletcher Trust
John Gallagher (CNZM. JP), Director, Glenice & John Gallagher Foundation
Sheena Henderson, Managing Director, Cluster Consulting Group
Stefan Lepionka, Director, Lepionka & Company
Nick Hill, Chief Executive, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development
Kirsten Patterson, Institute of Directors
Russell Shaw, Chief Executive, Top Energy
Peter Shirtcliffe (CMG), Chairperson, The Margaret and Peter Shirtcliffe Foundation
Cecilia Tarrant
Rachel Taulelei (MNZM), CEO, Kono NZ LP
Ken Williamson, Director, Crombie Lockwood Limited
Paul Baines, Director, Finchley Holdings Limited
John Fisk, Partner, PWC
Sarah Wickens, Founder, Trilogy
David Irving (ONZM), Independent Director
Murray Reade, CEO, The Lion Foundation
John Shewan, Independent Director
Norm Thompson (ONZM), Independent Director
Mark Vivian, Partner, Movac Limited
Pauline Winter, Chief Executive, Ministry for Pacific Peoples
Tim Grafton , Chief Executive, Insurance Council of New Zealand
Jeriel Sajan
Richard Janes, Director, Gallagher Group Ltd
Tim Alpe, CEO, Jucy Group
Michael Barnett (ONZM), Chief Executive, Auckland Chamber of Commerce
Lilias Bell, Independent Advisor, Leadership and Executive Search
Sharon Bryant, Angel Investor/Company Director
Tony Caughey (ONZM), Ambassador
Sir. Eion Edgar (KNZM), Chairman, Forsyth Barr Group
Mark Eglinton, CEO, NDA
Tony Falkenstein, CEO, Just Water
Nigel Gould (ONZM, JP), Director, Byrd Services
Mavis Mullins (MNZM), Professional Director
Stan Gregec, CEO, Tauranga Chamber of Commerce
Debi Boffa, Managing Director, BP New Zealand Ltd