The Workwise board brings together a broad range of skills and experience from a variety of sectors.
Collectively, the board’s background is extremely diverse and encompasses health, strategy and development.
Jacqui, our board chair, is the founder and joint chief executive of the Wise Group. Jacqui has a nursing background, holds a Master of Business Administration and has been involved in the development of multiple organisations throughout New Zealand. Jacqui describes herself as a social entrepreneur who is part of a growing number of entrepreneurs internationally who choose to direct their skills to social good.
Amanda is a personal and professional development coach specialising in the research and development of the latest in training and learning technology and the expansion of human capacities. She is passionate about learning and the empowerment of others. She has studied both law and education and was a member of the New Zealand Police for seven years. Amanda has written several books including a self-help guide to confident and competent presenting. Amanda is a director of Presenter at Large Ltd.
Bob has almost 30 years’ experience in business in Australia, NZ and beyond. He spent many years in executive management roles in the energy sector before setting up his own business (Pinpoint Business) in 2012, advising small businesses throughout the Waikato. He is also the author of “Under 5 Small Business Guide”, to assist really small businesses reach the success they seek. He is a member of the board of trustees of ConnexU and is on the Hamilton and Waikato Tourism board.
Cassidy, of Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāpuhi descent, works as a health promoter supporting schools in policy development. He studied finance and te reo Māori at Waikato University and was vice-president of the Waikato Students’ Union and co-president of Te Ranga Ngāku (Māori Business Students Network). Cassidy was the Waipā Rangatahi Delegate for Tuia Te Here Tāngata, a Rangatahi Māori initiative for the Mayor’s Taskforce for Jobs.
Joel, of Ngāpuhi descent, is currently attending the University of Waikato, studying towards a Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours. He is also a project manager with Fonterra and a trustee of Taiohi Toa Trust, which provides and delivers programmes aimed at reducing offending, victimisation, and creating safe communities.