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’

Jaime Hayden

Head of Partnerships

aka 'The Matchmaker'


Colin Kennedy

Head of Operations

aka 'Chief Troublemaker'

021 737 609

Elizabeth Pittman

Head of YES (2019)

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.
Jaime joins us as our new Head of Partnerships. The position of “Matchmaker” is well suited to her as she has successfully introduced three sets of friends who are now husband and wife! Jaime’s strong anthropological interest in the world has seen her work as a wannabe photojournalist, in social services, running after school programmes and event and account management. While living in London Jaime worked everywhere from community housing to Olympic Park. She is also a keen volunteer for anyone who is helping feed those in need.
Advising the public-sector space in most recent times, a driver and champion for facilitating social enterprise and youth development within the community. Culminating the perfect mash up of all things cue the Head of Partnerships role.
Jaime joins our team from the Wellington City Council where she was a Senior Advisor within the City Innovation team. So is quite familiar with our team here at YE. She loves eating baking, drinking wine and whiskey and has a strong passion for napping.
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.
Liz originally hails from the USA but has worked in NZ for the past few years, most recently leading a team at Oranga Tamariki.

Although Liz won't be starting until 2019, we can't wait to have her as part of the team!

Yvona Hassed

Corporate Services Manager

aka 'Number Cruncher'

04 570 3982

Paul Newsom

Schools Engagement Manager

aka ‘Trailblazer’

04 570 3984 | 021 784 070

Hilda Foo

Accounts Administrator

aka 'Number Cruncher'


Ella Roche

Communications and Marketing Manager

aka 'Comms Guru'


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.
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.
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.

Lucy Robertson

Lead Project Coordinator

aka 'Mission Control'

04 570 0452

Louis Ivory

Project Coordinator

aka 'Mission Control'

04 570 0452

Jessikah Cresswell

Project Coordinator

aka 'Mission Control'

04 570 0452

Natania Katene

Māori Outreach Coordinator

aka 'Kaikōkiri Rangatahi'


Lucy is a YES Alumni and has been actively involved since she completed her YES year in 2013. Prior to joining us at HQ, Lucy was the regional coordinator of the Manawatu region and attended various young enterprise events including Entrepreneurs in Action and national awards.

Lucy is outgoing, friendly and a real team player. We love having her around the office, providing lots of laughs!

Louis is an all-round generalist who has tried is 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.
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.
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!

Tony An

Auckland Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

Pascale Hyboud-Peron

Bay of Plenty Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

Idoia Alday Gonzalez

Canterbury Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

Lena Bevan

Gisborne Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

Karla Lee

Hawke's Bay Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

Johnelle Hosking

Manawatu Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

Ventura Fitzgerald

Nelson/Marlborough Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

Gary Larkan

Northland Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

Sarah Rickerby

Otago Regional Coordinator

Joanne O'Connor

Southland Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

Atawhai Gillies

Rotorua/Taupo Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

Levinia Paku

Waikato Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'`

Joshua Peauafi

Wellington Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

Lucy Wymer

Roaming Teacher - Lead & Pasifika

aka ‘Arranger of Awesome’

09 265 3230 | 022 043 0142

Yolande Rosario

Roaming Teacher - Wellington

aka 'Arranger of Awesome’

04 570 3391 | 021 520 930

Regan Powell

Roaming Teacher - Timaru & South Canterbury

aka 'Arranger of Awesome'

027 414 4355

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 .
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.
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.

Andrea Panther

Roaming Teacher - Northland

aka 'Arranger of Awesome'

021 0841 1927

Colette Mintoft

Roaming Teacher - Hawke's Bay

aka 'Arranger of Awesome'

022 043 2490

Yasmin Gray

Roaming Teacher - Auckland

aka 'Arranger of Awesome'

| 022 657 9430

Ezekiel Raui

Programme Facilitator

aka 'Shabooya Squad'

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

Deb Hipperson

Programme Facilitator

aka 'Shabooya Squad'

David Frost

Programme Facilitator

aka 'Shabooya Squad'

Justice Hetaraka

Programme Facilitator

aka 'Shabooya Squad'

Marijke Caigou

Programme Facilitator

aka 'Shabooya Squad'

Greig Caigou

Programme Facilitator

aka 'Shabooya Squad'

Wayne Prince

Programme Facilitator

aka 'Shabooya Squad'

Charlizza Harris

Programme Facilitator

aka 'Shabooya Squad'

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


Lilias Bell


Mark Eglinton


Sheena Henderson


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.
Until recently Lilias was a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles, an international leadership advisory firm where she specialised in completing senior executive and board appointments.  Lilias is currently exploring new opportunities in talent and leadership development.  She gained her BSc Honours in psychology from St. Andrews University and studied at postgraduate level as Emory College in Atlanta, Georgia as a Bobby Jones Scholar. Lilias is a member of the Board of Governors of Queen Margaret College and a member of New Zealand Global Women.
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 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


Mark Vivian


Andy Symons


Jeriel Sajan

Youth Trustee

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.
Mark is a partner at venture capital firm MOVAC. He is also currently a director of EdCube, Zeosoft and Global Career Link, and is a Trustee of Sport Wellington. Mark was the Founding Executive Director at Kiwi Expat Association Inc (Kea), and chaired the NZI Sevens event for several years. Mark is the first YES alumni to be appointed to the Board, having completed the Young Enterprise Scheme at Scots College in Wellington.
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 through out 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
Professor Barry Spicer, University of Auckland Business School
Nick Hill, Chief Executive, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development
Bruce Le Pine
Bryan Gundersen, Commercial Barrister, Gundersen Chambers
Cecilia Tarrant
Corinne Cole, Partner, A J Park
Dave Tibby, Trustee, David Levene Foundation
David Irving (ONZM), Independent Director
Debi Boffa, Managing Director, BP New Zealand Ltd
Diane Maxwell, Retirement Commissioner, Commission for Financial Capability (CFFC)
Sir. Eion Edgar (KNZM), Chairman, Forsyth Barr Group
Giff Davidson (CNZM. OBE. JP), Professional Director
Graeme Wheeler, Governor, Reserve Bank of New Zealand
Graham Shaw, Director, Pushpay Holdings Limited
Hideaki Fukutake, Trustee, Global Future Charitable Trust
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
Marc Potter, President, Harvard Business School Alumni Association
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
Peter Townsend, Chief Executive, Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce
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