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, Kaiārahi ako or someone from HQ – everyone’s contact details are below.

The team


Office Dog

aka 'Chief Happiness Officer'


Office Dog

aka 'Head of Security'

Terry Shubkin

Chief Executive

aka ‘Chief Excitement Officer’

04 570 3392 | 021 611 312

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.
Liz originally hails from the USA but has worked in NZ for the past few years, most recently leading a team at Oranga Tamariki.

Paul Newsom

Head of Feeder Programmes

aka ‘Curator of Curiosity’

04 570 3984 | 021 784 070

Ian Musson

Head of Māori Engagement

aka 'Manavator'

027 765 8073

Lisa Player

Finance Manager

aka 'Bean Counter'

04 5703982

Alex Bullot

Operations & Events Manager

aka 'Head of Random Stuff '

04 570 3980 | 027 370 6645

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 Advisor

aka 'Chief Cheerleader'

04 570 3399 | 027 752 1606

Louis Ivory

Partnership Advisor

aka 'Collector of Business Cards'

04 570 3393 | 027 727 7273

Liezl Andrzejewski

Finance Coordinator

aka 'Number Cruncher'

04 570 3395

Nitha Vashti

Operations Coordinator

aka 'Arranger of Awesome'

04 570 3988

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.

Pearl Philavong

Digital Content Coordinator

aka 'Arranger of Awesome'

04 570 3988

Lucy Wymer

Content Creator and Remote Kaiārahi ako / Teaching mentor

aka ‘Far away knowledge tree’

09 265 3230 | 022 043 0142

Megan Prendergast

Kaiārahi ako / Teaching mentor - Northland

aka 'Knowledge Tree'

021 0811 6593

Suzanne Oliver

Kaiārahi ako / Teaching mentor - Waikato & Auckland

aka 'Knowledge Tree'

021 950 567

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 Lim

Kaiārahi ako / Teaching mentor - Auckland & Pasifika

aka 'Knowledge Tree'

027 28 48 746

Jane Watson

Kaiārahi ako / Teaching mentor - Rotorua/Taupō & Hawke’s Bay/Gisborne

aka 'Knowledge Tree'

022 657 9361

Yolande Rosario

Kaiārahi ako / Teaching mentor - Wellington & Manawatū/Whanganui

aka 'Knowledge Tree’

04 570 3391 | 021 520 930

Regan Powell

Kaiārahi ako / Teaching mentor - South Island

aka 'Knowledge Tree'

027 414 4355

Yolande is the Roaming Teacher for the Wellington & Manawatū/Whanganui regions. 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 worked previously at Roncalli College, Timaru as a YES teachers before coming on as a Kaiārahi ako . Regan support teachers and students in Canterbury, South Canterbury, Otago, Southland and the West Coast.

Madi Barnett

Auckland Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

027 650 6000

Sean Gibbs

Auckland Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

021 198 1722

Pascale Hyboud-Peron

Western Bay of Plenty Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

021 116 9087

Emelie Verseput

Western Bay of Plenty Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

021 384 387

Idoia Alday Gonzalez

Canterbury Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

021 549 280

Grace Hogan

Hawke's Bay & Gisborne Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

027 439 8537

Emilee Watson

Manawatu Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

027 457 6554

Trina Zimmerman

Nelson & Marlborough Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

03 548 1363

Gary Larkan

Northland Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

027 281 9981

Cara Bradley

Otago Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

027 253 8137

Julie Cheyne

Otago Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

027 412 3430

Zack Bidois

Rotorua/Tāupo Regional Coordinator

aka "Student Wrangler"

027 206 5230

Stacey Gallagher

South Canterbury Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

03 555 5094 | 027 223 7170

Leanne Humphrey

Southland Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

03 218 7188

Megan Lepper

Taranaki Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler

Maddie Walker

Waikato Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

021 0839 1183

Lambrini Phillips

Wellington Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

021 165 2177

Serena Moles

West Coast Regional Coordinator

aka 'Student Wrangler'

03 769 9664

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

Luka Licul

Programme Facilitator

aka 'Shabooya Squad'

| 0223437190

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 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


Sam Wixon

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 the co-founder of business design and brand strategy firm, Oho. Rachel is former 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.
Sam is very passionate about business, design and te ao māori. He is currently attending Victoria University of Wellington studying a Bachelor of Design Innovation majoring in Design for Social Innovation and minoring in Public Policy.

Sam is a YES alumni, having participated in YES 2019-20. Sam’s business Te Kete ō Tangaroa developed an alternative to polystyrene bins, drawing inspiration from the mātauranga of his tūpuna to do so. Te Kete ō Tangaroa received three National excellence awards, the Rangatahi Entrepreneurship award two years in a row, and the HSBC award for Environmental Sustainability in 2020. Te Kete ō Tangaroa was also one of the 5 YES businesses selected for the Global Kaitiakitanga Project. In 2019 Sam was in the Uprise Digital team at EIA, who took out both of the business challenges.

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
Russell Shaw, Chief Executive, Top Energy
Peter Shirtcliffe (CMG), Chairperson, The Margaret and Peter Shirtcliffe Foundation
Rachel Taulelei (MNZM), Chief Executive Officer, Kono NZ LP
Ken Williamson, Director, Crombie Lockwood Limited
Andy Symons , Chief Revenue Officer, Stuff
Brett O'Riley, Chief Executive Officer, Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern)
David Downs, General Manager, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise
Paul Baines, Company Director, Finchley Holdings Limited
John Fisk, Partner, PWC
John Gallagher (CNZM. JP), Director, Glenice & John Gallagher Foundation
Sarah Wickens, Founder, Trilogy
David Irving (ONZM), Chairman, The ICE Foundation
Stefan Lepionka, Director, Lepionka & Company
Graham Shaw, Director, Pushpay Holdings Limited
John Shewan, Former Chairman, PWC
Norm Thompson (ONZM), Independent Director
Mark Vivian, Partner, Movac Limited
Pauline Winter, Chief Executive Officer , Auckland Kindergarten Association
Sam Wixon, Youth Trustee, Young Enterprise Trust
Richard Janes, Director, Gallagher Group Ltd
Rebecca Turner, Chair, Todd Foundation Ltd
Phil Muir, Principal, Northcote Intermediate
Tim Alpe, Chief Executive Officer, Jucy Group
Michael Barnett (ONZM), Chief Executive, Auckland Chamber of Commerce
Lilias Bell, Independent Director
Sharon Bryant, Director, Movac Limited
Angus Fletcher, Chairman, The Fletcher Trust
Nigel Gould (ONZM, JP), Director, Byrd Services
Sheena Henderson, Managing Director, Cluster Consulting Group
Mavis Mullins (MNZM), Independent Director
Kirsten Patterson, Chief Executive, Institute of Directors
Cecilia Tarrant, Independent Director
Stan Gregec, Consultant, Market Drive
Matt Elliott, Commercial Vice President, bp
Tony Caughey (ONZM), Independent Director
Mark Eglinton, Chief Executive Officer, NDA
Tony Falkenstein, Chief Executive Officer, Just Life Grouo
Matt Elliott, Managing Director, BP New Zealand Ltd