OUR PEOPLE

Meet the people behind the magic.

STEFAN KORN
Chief Executive
“The immense personal and professional growth that results from having to create something out of nothing.”
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JACKY LAVERTY
Head of Venture Management
“I’m inspired by and love the energy of startup businesses, the pioneering mindset and the need to embrace change – every day.”
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SARAH PEARCE
Finance Coordinator
“The startup life always has a lot going on and it’s inspiring to be surrounded by driven, passionate people.”
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ROSIE WALL
Innovation Consultant & Programme Manager
“The best thing about working at Creative HQ is working with brave amazing people.”
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NICK GERRITSEN
High Growth Advisor
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NICK CHURCHOUSE
Head of Customer Engagement
“Startup is the energy, passion, ambition and momentum inside every person we meet. You can’t not love that.”
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TOM RABONE
Acceleration Project Manager & 1st Assembly Manager
“Solid startup development is the perfect combination of structure, strategy and creativity.”
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SHAWN O’KEEFE
Senior Consultant & Programme Director
“I’m get to work on some very real problems and create positive impact from the chaos of this world.”
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PHEOBE KWAN
Corporate Venture Specialist
“Being part of a team of eclectic, creative and capable people who are passionate about helping NZ entrepreneurs achieve something extraordinary.”
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ASHLEY CHURCH
Marketing Coordinator
“The inspiring energy, ambition and courage I’m surrounded by everyday. Helping people make a difference in the world with their businesses! The human connection that underpins the work we do.”
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LINGY AU
Innovation Consultant & Programme Manager
“I love the people, motivation, enthusiasm each individual has to achieve something great!”
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LAURA REITEL
Portfolio Manager & Programme Director
“Finding a repeatable, scalable customer acquisition model is the toughest (and the most rewarding) challenge for any startups. My favourite part about working with founders is figuring out that magic formula.”
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JONNIE HADDON
JONNIE HADDON
Innovation Consultant & Programme Manager
“Working closely with people who are on the front-line of bringing positive and significant improvement to our world is not just exciting but a privilege.”
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KELLY DARE
Marketer
“We weave the future and help people become part of the New Zealand success story, whether they are in startups, businesses or government agencies.”
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JAMES SWOPE
Innovation Consultant & Programme Manager
“Working with so many passionate people has me constantly excited and wanting to help as many startups as possible.”
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FINN LAWRENCE
Innovation Consultant & Programme Manager
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CEARA MCAULIFFE-BICKERTON
Base Innovation Coordinator
“I love meeting entrepreneurs who are passionate about making a positive impact on the world.”
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BRETT HOLLAND
Head of Acceleration
“The chance to work with dedicated and creative people to collectively change the world.”
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AMELIA DEVINE
Resource Manager
“Seeing big things happen in very short periods of time, seeing people jump straight back up after failure and build better businesses because of what they’ve learnt – it’s a privilege to be a part of.”
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ALAN HUCKS
Head of Business Development
“Entrepreneurial talent is everywhere in New Zealand – startups, Universities, Corporations and even Government. I am passionate about connecting these change agents to opportunities to create real and positive impact.”
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AARON POWER
1st Assembly Assistant Manager & Design Consultant
“I love how it simultaneously ignites and challenges my talents, wits and courage.”
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GLENN ANDERT
Enterprise Innovation
“I have the privilege of working with great teams to create innovative solutions for big gnarly problems.”
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KELCEY BRAINE
Design Consultant
“Being able to work with passionate, motivated teams to help them reach their goals is so satisfying – and getting to do it surrounded by a community of like-minded people inspires me to grow continuously.”
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JAMES FULLER
Senior Innovation Consultant
“I get a real kick out of being part of a passionate team that helps others to fulfill their potential, helping startups embrace innovation, agility and customer-centricity in everything they do.”
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Brett Calton
BRETT CALTON
Senior Innovation Consultant
“I enjoy helping large organisations realise value from the methods and approaches employed by the start-up and entrepreneurial ecosystems.”
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KATY MCLEAN
Venue & Events Manager
“The people! A common thread knits us all together – our courage, energy and adaptability. We don’t do anything because we should – we do it because we have an impact.”
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OUR BOARD

BARRY BROOK
“So happy to be part of a great team doing amazing things.”
SUSAN REYNOLDS
“The irrepressible optimism and creativity, which is always combined with a hunger to make a difference, inspires me every day!”
RICHARD LAVERTY
“I love the excitement of something, new, smart and game-changing, being part of an open, learning and supportive community, and gaining insight into what’s changing on the margins of world we know today.”