GROW | The Team

SHAUN...

manager, coordinates the team and works closely with clients, suppliers and presenters to ensure that the service that our team delivers is outstanding in terms of quality, timeliness and value for money.

Shaun was the founder of GROW and has been with the company for sixteen years. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as an account manager within advertising agencies / media and prior to that had held a number of senior human resources roles within corporate and Government settings”.  

Shaun graduated from Massey University with a BBS in Human Resource Management and Psychology and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Safety Management. He also serves on the board of several charitable trusts and has presented numerous at the regional and national not-for-profit sector conferences for the past fifteen years

In his spare time, Shaun enjoys cycling, sailing, motorcycling, travelling and indulging the every whim of his two dogs – Buddy and Tilly.

Shaun believes in giving back and investing within his community with interests in mental health and youth development. These challenges make life interesting, while seeing resilient people overcoming those challenges makes life so much more meaningful.

Shaun is passionate about supporting good people to achieve great things and works hard with clients to achieve outcomes that deliver for all while building a positive community outcome.”

NATHALIE...

Event Manager, works with a wide range of presenters, delegates, venues and anyone else involved in making our events a success for everyone.

Nathalie has worked for GROW since 2009, in various roles from copy writer to production manager. She was also instrumental in growing the events side of GROW, back in the day.  

Nathalie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, and has worked in the Netherlands as a Comms adviser before moving to NZ in 2004. Nathalie has sat on the board for the HB Chamber of Commerce as well as the HB SPCA in the past.

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 Bros), doing yoga or enjoying walks on the beach with their dog Pepper.

“There are no regrets in life, just lessons” is Nathalie's favourite quote from her favourite Friends actor, Jennifer Anniston.

Nathalie enjoys working with a diverse range of people: presenters, venue coordinators, participants and the team at GROW. She finds it very rewarding to contribute to a better New Zealand through the workshops GROW offers.

FAYE...

is an Event Manager. In addition to organising professional development opportunities for the not-for-profit sector, the events Faye has coordinated have, over recent years, extended to training for professionals on a wide range of mental health therapy-based topics.

Faye joined the team in 2016 and has a background in event management and sales and marketing. In addition, her 20 plus years’ experience working in fundraising with not-for-profit community organisations compliments the other skills she brings to the role. 

Faye has a Bachelor of Management (BTM) from Wairariki Institute of Technology, was the Valedictorian at her graduation ceremony, and the recipient of an Award for Academic Excellence. She has served on several Charitable Boards and Committees, and whilst living in Taupo was awarded the Rotary Club of Taupo Award for Services to the Community.  

Outside of Grow, Faye loves hiking and mountain biking with husband Dave, walking SPCA dogs on weekends, and enjoying all that the sunny Hawkes Bay has to offer. Her dependents are her two black cats - Mervyn & his sister Moomoo.

After volunteering and working with local SPCA’s and other community NFP’s, Faye is driven to help others (whether they have two legs or four) and making a positive difference in her community.

Faye loves her role and the diversity it offers with the topics that are covered. She is committed to providing the best possible learning experience for all who attend Grow’s events and building long-lasting, supportive friendships with the presenters she engages with. She also loves the fact that the passionate, dedicated speakers Grow works with share the common goal of wanting to help others thrive. 

FEONA...

is an Event Coordinator, working on events from conception to delivery, working closely with clients and presenters.  The role is varied and incorporates all aspects of running an event, from speaker management, venue selection, social media presence and budget control.

Feona has worked within the Events sector in some form for over 2 decades (without giving her age away!).  She joined the Grow team whilst living in Napier, but was lucky enough to take the role with her when she moved to Auckland.

With a diploma in Event Management, Feona has enjoyed working within the not-for-profit sector for most of her career, corporate big budgets have never appealed, she enjoys the challenge and satisfaction she gets from working with organisations and people that are trying to make a difference within their communities. 

Mental Health has never been more of a topic of discussion than now. Feona values the part she plays in helping New Zealand grapple with the beast that it is. 

Feona is constantly delighted when she comes into contact with clients and customers of Grow, they are fuelled with passion and desire to make things better.  What a great environment to work amongst.

BRIAN...

manages Grow’s finances, accounts and related administration.

He is a UK citizen who initially trained as an accountant before switching to a 33-year career as a global futures and forex broker, working in London for international investment banks and brokerages.

In 2005, Brian married Bronwyn, a local Kiwi, relocated to Hawke’s Bay and is now a permanent New Zealand resident. He soon sought ways to put some of his finance skills and experiences to good use in the community and primarily through church and family connections, secured various contract assignments.

Brian has served on Hawke’s Bay charitable boards and committees and is currently 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 enjoys fishing, cooking, music, reading, travelling and watching and listening to a variety of long form debates, discussions, podcasts around self-awareness, positive change, mental health, addictions and cultural and political issues.

He admits to being overly enamoured with the partying lifestyle prevalent in the City of London, especially during Thatcher’s reign and deregulation of markets, and in late 1990 got sober and recently celebrated 30 years of sobriety.

His personal insight and empathy with those struggling with addiction, behavioural and mental health issues, is a continuing driving force behind his endeavours and he is pleased that these issues are the focus of many of Grow’s training workshops. 

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