Meet the Grow Team

Shaun Lines

Shaun is the founder and director of GROW - a social business based in Hawkes Bay that hosts and delivers training workshops and conference events across the ‘for-purpose sectors’ - specifically in the social services, health, mental health and corrections sectors. With qualifications and work history that spans human resources, marketing and operational roles, Shaun is mission-driven with a keen desire to support initiatives that build capacity, equity and improve the life opportunities of all New Zealanders.

+64 21 751 932

Faye Johnson

Faye is Grow's Events Manager and has a background in sales and marketing, and her 20 years’ experience working in fundraising with NFP’s, compliments her current role at Grow Ltd in coordinating training webinars, conferences, workshops, and fundraising events. Initially for the NFP sector, this has over recent years extended to extensive training for mental health professionals on a wide range of therapy based topics. Her formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Management, an Award for Academic Excellence, and a Certificate in Adult Teaching.

Outside of Grow, Faye enjoys walking and mountain biking with husband Dave, and hanging out at home with her cats Mervyn & his sister Moomoo.

+64 27 607 3000


Nathalie van Dort

Nathalie has worked with GROW since 2009, mainly as an Event Manager, but also looking after the various websites and marketing jobs. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and loves the variety and diversity of presenters, topics and delegates – each being unique in its own way.

Nathalie moved to NZ in 2004 and she is so glad she did. She currently lives in Taranaki, and when she is not working for GROW, she supports her partner with his business: producing and selling all natural German sausages (Bratwurst).  She also looks after the cattle on the property and together with their dog Pepper, feels she is living the best life ever!

021 066 9811

Brian Watkins

Brian has worked part time with Grow Ltd since 2007 and presently manages the finances, accounts and related accounting administration for our events business.

He is a UK citizen, married to a local Kiwi. Brian originally trained as an accountant, then moved on to a 33-year career as a global financial futures and forex broker, working in London for major international investment banks and brokerages. Since retiring and relocating to NZ in 2005, he has been invited to serve on several local Hawke’s Bay charitable boards and committees and presently is a member of the Waiapu Anglican Social Services Trust Board and the chair of Camp David Trust Board. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors.

Brian's 30 years of sobriety encourages him to try to offer support and encouragement to those dealing with addiction, behavioural and mental health issues. These issues are the focus of many of our training workshops.

021 072 9892

Feona Horrex

Feona started working for Grow in 2018 as an Event Co-ordinator.

She has worked in the event world for most of her career,  and holds a Level 5 Diploma in Events Management.  Born and bred in the UK (Bristol to be precise), she has worked mainly in the not-for-profit and charity sector.  With so many years of experience under my belt she is always ready for that unexpected curved ball, flying in at the last minute and you will always find her with a list on the go.  

Feona and her partner decided that they wanted to experience living and working outside of the tiny corner of the world in Bristol, so took a leap of faith and relocated to the southern hemisphere, after living in Hawke's Bay they have now settled in Auckland.  They love nothing more than jumping in their VW campervan and exploring this beautiful country they feel lucky enough to call home.  

027 204 0425