Inspiring students, changing lives

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.


The future of work is becoming increasingly more difficult to accurately predict or even imagine. Determining and focusing on the types of skills and knowledge young people need from educators is more important than ever. What is clear is that it will not be the same skills that have served us during the last century or even the last decade.

Our enterprise programmes use a combination of teachers and members of the business community to provide an experience that is both authentic and relevant to the world we live in. Adapting to changing circumstances, failing fast, feeling success and learning how to collaborate in teams helps students to unleash their entrepreneurial spirit. Our financial literacy resources teach students to be smart with their money so that they can have more choices in life.

We’re proud to work with our Regional Coordination partners, over 1,000 teachers and 1,500 volunteers.  By working together, we change the lives of more than 100,000 students every year.  How awesome is that!

The team

Terry Shubkin

Chief Executive

aka ‘Chief Excitement Officer’

04 570 3392 | 021 611 312

Paul Newsom

Schools Engagement Manager

aka ‘Trailblazer’

04 570 3984 | 021 784 070

Hilda Foo

Accounts Administrator

aka 'Number Cruncher'

04 570 3395 | 022 694 1328

Louis Ivory

Project Coordinator

aka 'Mission Control'

04 570 0452

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.
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!
Hilda holds an MBA in Human Resource Management, a Post Graduate Certificate in Management and Diploma in Accounting. Originally from Malaysia, Wellington has become her home since 2010. Hilda had extensive corporate work experience in multiple industries back in Malaysia in Banking, Fast Food, Logistics and Manufacturing. Before joining Young Enterprise Hilda spent 5 years at Quest Integrity NZL Limited, a subsidiary company of Quest Integrity Group in the States. In her spare time Hilda volunteers at Ronald McDonald House in Wellington and enjoys line dancing and gardening as hobbies.
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.

Yolande Rosario

Roaming Teacher - Wellington

aka 'Arranger of Awesome’

04 570 3391 | 021 520 930

Yvona Hassed

Corporate Services Manager

aka 'Number Cruncher'

04 570 3982 | 021 022 59945

Joanne O'Connor

Southland Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

027 733 1959

Elizabeth Pittman

Head of YES

aka 'Chief Student Wrangler'

022 674 4514

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!
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.

Anna French

Programme Facilitator

aka 'Shabooya Squad'

Madison Barnett

Auckland South/East Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

027 650 6000

Lisa Uncles

Hawke's Bay Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

022 323 9611

Alex Bullot

Operations & Events Coordinator

aka 'Superstar'

04 570 0452 | 027 370 6645

Sarah Rea

Auckland Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

| 021 0296 2919

Lucy Wymer

Content Creator | Remote Roaming Teacher

aka ‘Far away knowledge tree’

09 265 3230 | 022 043 0142

Colette Mintoft

Roaming Teacher - Hawke's Bay

aka 'Arranger of Awesome'

022 043 2490

Andrea Panther

Roaming Teacher - Northland

aka 'Arranger of Awesome'

021 084 11927

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.
Colette joins us from William Colenso College in Napier to support YES teachers and students in the Hawke's Bay region.
Andrea joins us from Kaitaia College to support YES teachers and students in the Northland region.

Regan Powell

Roaming Teacher - Timaru & South Canterbury

aka 'Arranger of Awesome'

027 414 4355

Jessikah Cresswell

Project Coordinator

aka 'Mission Control'

04 570 0452

Yasmin Gray

Roaming Teacher - Auckland

aka 'Arranger of Awesome'

021 251 8894

Natania Katene

Māori Outreach Coordinator

aka 'Kaikōkiri Rangatahi'

027 781 5861

Regan works at Roncalli College, Timaru at the same time as supporting YES teachers and students in Timaru and South Canterbury.
Jessikah is an Alumni of YES and participated in the scheme in 2013. She has recently 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. She is excited to be a new member of our team and make the windy capital her new home.
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.
He mihi nui, he mihi mahana tēnei ki a koutou katoa. Ko Natania Katene toku ingoa, no Ngāti Toa me Tuwharetoa ahau.

Hi everyone! I’m Natania, and I’m really excited to be joining YES as the Māori Outreach Coordinator. For the past 2.5 years I have been working for Te Wānanga o Aoteaora, prior to that I worked for the Waikato District Health Board, supporting young people into health careers.
That’s the formal stuff. The stuff that makes up who I am: The Māori Outreach Coordinator is going to be the best job in the world. I’m also lucky to have another cool title… MUM. I have an 8-year-old daughter her name is Mia, and she dreams of being a Mermaid.
We love the ocean, swimming and paddle boarding. If I had a superpower, it would have to be something to do with water.
My favourite quote is 'What if I fall, ooh but darling what if you fly?' and this is written on my mirror at home. It reminds me to always look up, be brave, and think the impossible because that is where dreams come true.

Haere Mai Natania! Welcome to the team!

Ella Roche

Communications and Marketing Manager

aka 'Comms Guru'

027 522 4540

Joshua Peauafi

Wellington Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

021 192 9686

Sarah Rickerby

Otago Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

027 295 9034

Pascale Hyboud-Peron

Bay of Plenty Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

021 116 9087

Ella is our Communications and Marketing manager. She comes from a background in digital marketing and studied Media and Communication at the University of Canterbury.
She has a love for travel, music and backs the Hurricanes. Ella also loves wine and food so fits in perfectly here at YES HQ.

Joshua was born and raised in the Hutt. He has completed a BA in Media Studies and Pacific Studies at Victoria University. Joshua has a real passion for seeing rangatahi think outside the box, through innovation and creative avenues. He is very excited to be a new member of the team .

Gary Larkan

Northland Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

027 281 9981

Johnelle Hosking

Manawatu Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

021 028 43457

Idoia Alday Gonzalez

Canterbury Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

021 549 280

Lena Bevan

Gisborne Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

021 448 146

Levinia Paku

Waikato Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

022 372 0335`

Charlizza Harris

Programme Facilitator

aka 'Shabooya Squad'

027 242 7494

Wayne Prince

Programme Facilitator

aka 'Shabooya Squad'

027 237 9657

Atawhai Gillies

Rotorua/Taupo Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

Sian McMillan

Roaming Teacher - Pasifika

aka 'Arranger of Awesome'

027 342 6274

Fiona Jackson

South Canterbury/Timaru Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

027 772 7900

Jesse Armstrong

Programme Facilitator

aka 'Shabooya Squad'

| 022 043 3536

Erica Austin

Programme Facilitator

aka 'Shabooya Squad'

Katja Eager

Taranaki Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler

021 170 2477

Barlow Anderson

Programme Facilitator

aka 'Shabooya Squad'

Deb Hipperson

Programme Facilitator

aka 'Shabooya Squad'

027 341 0000

Justice Hetaraka

Programme Facilitator

aka 'Shabooya Squad'

021 026 92192

Ezekiel Raui

Programme Facilitator

aka 'Shabooya Squad'

021 062 0771

Colin Kennedy

Head of Impact

aka 'Chief Troublemaker'

04 570 3390 | 021 737 609

It took Colin all of two seconds to decide to join the team when he saw the opportunity come up. He is committed to being as useful as possible in helping all students get (and use) the same opportunities to make positive choices. He’s toe-curlingly excited about the real change so many disruptive, intrepid and curious minds can make.

Colin has a PhD in Development Studies and has lectured and researched in social inequality and social design & impact at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW). He has also worked in the global migration and exchange of ideas and talent while at Fulbright New Zealand and headed up the student recruitment team at VUW. Before that he worked and volunteered in 12 different countries, teaching, working in cafes and selling T-shirts.

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