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MBA Committee

The MBA committee for 2014-2015 are:

Frank Cornelissen ( Chair).  Frank is the current chair of the Association and with Lisa owns Martinborough TOP 10 Holiday Park. They took over the old camp site in 2005 and developed it into a commercial holiday park. Locally they enjoy the food, wine and rural sophistication, while still having the ability to take city breaks. Born in the mighty Waikato on a dairy farm, Frank trained as a builder and draftsman before returning to ‘school’ and having a brief academic career at the School of Commerce at Auckland University. A corporate stint with Unilever in London/Brussels/Paris added another 7 years to his life and was where he met Lisa.

Conor Kershaw (Deputy Chair).  Conor is a fourth generation Martinborough local and is the current caretaker of Pain and Kershaw Ltd. He loves the ever changing face of retail and the challenges it brings. When he is not running P&K he is spending time with his wife Philippa and their two preschool girls Luella and Willow. Growing up in Martinborough Conor has seen many changes to the town over the years. He is excited about where Martinborough is positioned for the future.

Jane Cooke (Secretary).  Jane is a project manager with a wide range of skills and experience applicable to many industries, but in particular to hospitality, start ups and small businesses.   Husband Sam is the force behind Thinkbox Ltd, a successful web design and development company run from their home in Kahutara and a great guitarist.  Jane is a Wairarapa Hospice fundraising committee member.  Known as a fidget, when not behind a camera, reading, renovating, or running around with a racquet or paintbrush, Jane can be found on a creative course somewhere – just giving it a go.  Jane mourns the demise of the costume party and accepts she has left it too late to learn to surf.

Hayden Frew.  6 years ago Hayden and his wife Janalle moved to Martinborough. Hayden is the owner and Managing Director of Calibre Equipment Ltd, which designs and manufactures innovative structural timber grading and testing equipment. Hayden’s role is business development and administration.
Hayden has recently turned a hobby of brewing beer into the newly established Martinborough Brewery (MB). The brewery is currently small production and run out of a building on his property. MB released its first commercial beer to market at the inaugural Brewday in April this year, with a second beer having just been released. The plan is to further increase the product range and production over time – watch this space for Hayden’s new adventure.

Sarah Green.  Sarah has a corporate background in marketing and previously spent time in both advertising and sales. STRUTH was create by Sarah to vent some of her creative energy and to make a personal stance on mass production, as she admires the hand crafted. Sarah and Mark are owner-operators of the Martinborough Hotel, and Sarah hopes to put her interest in art and design into this space.

Jackie Buckley.  Jackie is a relative newcomer to Martinborough, having arrived in town from Wellington in October 2014. She originally comes from UK, and has pursued a career in Human Resources & Employee Relations in UK, the developing world, and latterly in New Zealand, where she has resided for the past 12 years. Her overseas experience in community development & sustainability prompted Jackie to come to the Wairarapa where she is taking full advantage of all that Martinborough has to offer, in addition to giving support to our community through the Martinborough Business Association. Jackie belongs to an independent consultancy, Futureproof Employment Services, offering nationwide professional & cost-effective support in HR/ER to organisations and individuals. In support of her passion for dogs, she is also establishing a dog-minding service for members of the community.

Trish Higginson.  Trish has lived in Martinborough 28 years, is married to Graham Higginson (local eel fisherman born & raised in Martinborough) and has 7 children & 12 grandchildren.  Trish is a Registered Nurse currently practising in primary care at Greytown Medical Centre (8 years), and has been in nursing since age 16. Trish is a business partner with Graham in his hunting & fishing business & also creative director of Martinborough Village, promoting Martinborough with passion!.  She is passionate about promoting our beautiful region, believing we have the resources & capacity to do this from within our local community.

Malcolm Alexander (profile to come).