Student profiles - Waikato Management School
Marketing, Public Relations
High-flying BMS alumnus Mark Wilson is CEO of Aviva, the UK"s largest insurance company, with 34 million customers worldwide.
Waikato graduate Jamie Carson has never regretted taking a friend’s advice to do a one-year Master of Management Studies specialising in Strategic Management.
From her polished public image, one would never guess that National MP, Louise Upston had a rough start to her tertiary education
Clare Swallow is passionate about seeing the next generation of women enter the exhilarating industry of digital technology. She is general manager of digital at Cucumber, a digital marketing agency in Tauranga.
The driving force behind Tauranga’s first tower block and a string of other successful developments, Paul Bowker has experience, vision and determination in bucketfuls.
“For those who are seeking a qualification that will add value immediately to their level of business acumen, I would most definitely recommend the Waikato MBA,” says Moana Leilua, manager of the Steelers rugby team.
Marketing, Strategic Management
After gaining several years' invaluable marketing experience in New Zealand, Bachelor of Communication Studies graduate Holly Crowe has relocated to Canada on a two-year working visa.
Economics, Electronic Business
“I'm passionate about the code that makes those awesome websites we use every day,” says Waikato graduate Kelly Milligan, who is now living and working in Amsterdam as a creative front-end web developer.
For Marina Doretto, the lure of New Zealand was too hard to resist. That, combined with a desire to upskill in her profession saw Marina leave her native Brazil to begin postgraduate studies in marketing at Waikato Management School.
Lucas de Jong is a born story-teller. So it was only natural that he would wind up with a successful career as a broadcast journalist for BBC World News, telling some of the biggest stories on the planet to an audience of millions.
Marketing, Supply Chain Management
Bachelor of Management Studies student Davis Palmer, 21, is studying in Hong Kong for a semester after winning a prestigious Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia.
With a passion for learning new things and seeking out ways to advance his career, Nick Kemp chose to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Management - part one of the MBA - at Waikato Management School.
International Management, Marketing
BMS(Hons) alumnus Paul Millward has been promoted to DB Breweries' senior leadership team as their new sales director.
Richard Kinzett wanted to understand more about corporate management and leadership when he decided to enrol fro the Waikato MBA. Now he's working as an independent management consultant in Brisbane, Australia.
When he’s not focused on the financial markets, Matthew Osborne is enjoying the waves on Sydney’s northern beaches. The BMS(Hons) graduate works for the financial markets team at Westpac Institutional Bank, where his expertise in in foreign exchange (FX) derivatives.
Jan Adams is chief operating officer of Health Waikato, the provider arm of the Waikato District Health Board.
Master of Digital Business student Waylon Kenning likes to create “digital experiences that delight customers; by defining their interests and marrying them to technology”.
Finance, Strategic Management
Genevieve Pye landed an exciting internship at Waikato Rugby Union and says the Bachelor of Management Studies degree has given her a fantastic springboard for her future career.
Newly minted Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern completed a Bachelor of Communication Studies at Waikato Management School in 2001.
Finance, Strategic Management
Variety is the spice of life for Waikato Management School graduate Sharma McIntyre, who is employed as a strategy manager at Spark New Zealand in Auckland.
Mathematically gifted, Luana Dow works as an analyst at Statistics New Zealand in Wellington, where she writes press releases about the latest labour and income statistics.
Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management
Greg Johnston is a talented young Waikato entrepreneur who’s passionate about high-growth start-up ventures and social enterprises.
Accounting, Finance, Law
Sam Gibb isn't one to rest on his laurels. In-between working as an analyst at Symphony Financial Partners in Singapore and travelling frequently, he's also finding time to train for a marathon.
Stuart Barrass is working with some of Europe’s most innovative companies as a management consultant for Ernst & Young (EY), based at their global headquarters in London. Stuart helps his clients find ways to use or adapt to new technologies. He’s also involved in the EY Startup Challenge,which gives Europe’s best start-ups an opportunity to test their innovations on clients.
Public Relations, Strategic Management
Rebecca Foote absolutely loves her job as a communications advisor for SKYCITY Entertainment Group in Auckland. “It’s a really varied, cool role. My role is on the promotion and internal communication side of things; to protect and promote SKYCITY’s brand to media, council, government and other key stakeholders," says Rebecca.
Economics, Finance, Law
Bradley Sam has enjoyed a stellar career since completing a double degree in management and law at Waikato, majoring in Economics, Finance and Law. He is now employed as a management consultant in Sydney, Australia.
Human Resource Management, Marketing
Human Resources hadn’t really crossed Kym Hambly's mind as a potential career option until she took a paper on organisational behaviour in the second year of her Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours degree.
Saul Wells-Lakeland decided he wanted to work in the corporate work after finishing his social sciences degree – and the Master of Business and Management proved to be his ticket to success. Mid-way through the course, Saul secured himself a graduate sales and marketing role at a global health company in Auckland.
Marketing, Strategic Management
Seeing ideas go from concept development to reality has been rewarding for Kendl Hambly, a marketing specialist who graduated from Waikato with a BMS(Hons). During her time at uni her team won the WMS Case Competition 2012 for Good George brewery.
Libby Baron is loving the opportunities and lifestyle in Queenstown since she graduated from a BCS degree at Waikato, majoring in public relations.
While studying towards a Bachelor of Electronic Commerce at Waikato, Lee Reichardt started his own web design agency, Rocketspark.co.nz.
Nigel came from an economics background and has always had an interest in computers – particularly coding and web development. Now he's the director of one of New Zealand's leading economic consultancy and forecasting firms.
Marketing, Public Relations
Ellyse Bowen started out as a marketing intern at the University of Waikato, and she jumped at the chance to work here full-time.
For James Cooper, studying for an MBA was life changing. He’d been working in the media industry for 15 years but realised he needed a broader understanding of business.
Waikato accounting graduate Emma Haddock is thriving in her professional career at KPMG in Hamilton, where she works as an analyst.
Marketing, Strategic Management
Walking in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary on a trek through the Himalayas is just one of the many incredible memories that Luke Coxhead will treasure from his time at Waikato University.
Matthew Cooper has been an All Black and is currently a CEO with a six million dollar budget, but he decided he needed to get some formal qualifications next to his name.
James is in his 2nd year studying towards a Bachelor of Business Analysis, majoring in Accounting and Economics. James recently gained selection in the Central Districts Under 19s at the National Tournament and Hawke's Bay Senior Mens Honours.
Strategic Management, Supply Chain Management
"The lifestyle that comes along with the Defence Force is like no other,” says Waikato graduate Emily Hall, a logistics officer for the NZ Air Force.
Hana Grant (Ngati Pikiao and Tapuika) graduated with an MBA in 2010. A highlight from her study was the 10-day study tour to China and Singapore.
Nita Harding didn’t set out to get an MBA – a promotion to a business manager role led the veterinary scientist to look for ways to help her do her job better.
Ella Tappin is well on track to fulfilling her ambition of becoming a chartered accountant since graduating as Waikato's top accounting student in 2013.
Since completing a Master of Management Studies in Finance with first class honours, Hannah Dinh is now employed as an operations analyst for Microsoft in Singapore.
Management and Sustainability
It was the connections that Josef made while studying for his business degree at Waikato that opened the door to working as a sustainability consultant for Thinkstep, the global market leader in sustainability solutions for corporate clients.
“Studying the MBM was a fantastic experience,” says MBM graduate Keerthana Suresh, who now living in Wellington, New Zealand. “As an international student, I felt at home and protected at Waikato Management School.”
Taupo man Grant Anderson was looking for further career advancement, and a way of formalising the value of his decades of experience as a Chartered Accountant and director, when he signed up for the Waikato MBA.
The learning gained and the people she met along the way have exceeded Jackie Aveling's expectations of what a Triple Crown accredited MBA would offer. She now has greater self-awareness as a manager, and a broader skillset.
Nicola Daisley says her four-year journey to gain the Waikato MBA was extremely rewarding and helped her achieve what she set out to do.
On her first day of classes for the Waikato MBM, Eline Yan was told she had to think and act like a business person. That set the tone for the next 15 months, and now she understands what it takes to be a leader and manager.
Lucia Liu is riding high on life since completing her Master of Business and Management at Waikato. Originally from China, she is thrilled to have found a job at Comvita, a health and beauty products exporter based in the Bay of Plenty.
Having spent the past 12 years working as a veterinarian in the dairy industry, finding a university with strong links to the agricultural sector, and an MBA with a grounded approach to practical business, was the key to helping Mark advance his career.
Since she began work in the health sector more than 10 years ago, Michelle Murray has notched up an impressive resume.
The environment within which health and safety operates is rapidly changing, and is now recognised as a key business tool, says Heather Johnston. This prompted her decision to study for the PGDipMgtSt at Waikato to broaden her general management skills.
Master of Management Studies graduate Ebony de Thierry says "digital marketing is massive at the moment", and she's enjoying her new career as a digital marketing manager in London.
Originally from India with a degree in engineering, Rashmi Singh was looking for a comprehensive one-year management course to help her grow into a future business leader. Waikato had the strong reputation and Triple Crown accreditation she needed.
So far the Waikato MBA has been a journey of discovery, hard work and growth, says Raewyn McPhillips, an international trade manager at Tatua Co-Operative Dairy Company.
Hospitality Management, Tourism Management
Rachel Leinhardt has a great passion for the tourism industry, having been immersed in it from a young age.
With over 20 years’ experience in the education sector, Raewyn Mahara decided to take the next step in her professional development by joining the MBA programme at the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development.
With a biology degree under her belt, Razel Blaza felt it was time to ditch the white lab coat and work more closely with people. The Waikato MBM degree enabled her to launch a new career in the world of business and marketing in only one year.
Economics, Human Resource Management
Ruan Nunes loves being able to work outdoors all summer as the manager of several kiwifruit orchards. He says his Bachelor of Management Studies degree from Waikato gave him the confidence to believe in himself and the decisions he makes.
While studying accounting, Ruth Venter realised that what she really cared about was sustainability. She ended up doing a masters thesis on carbon reporting by not-for-profit organisations, and now works as an environmental sustainability consultant.
When contemplating which degree to take at uni after high school, Waikato Management School’s solid international reputation was what really stood out for Ryan Clark.
With a background in nursing, Samuel Mackenzie wanted to branch out into management by combining his healthcare skills with a business qualification.
“If a boy from Koromatua can make it on Wall Street with the world’s best investment firm, then anyone can do it,” says Waikato graduate Sean McKenna.
Business adviser Shilpi Sharma says the Waikato MBM opened doors for her in the business world and equipped her to become a leader.
With a background in civil engineering, Tahl Lawrence signed up for the Waikato MBA to broaden his outlook and extend his professional skillset. ""It gives you the tools to make some great choices in your career,"" he says.
Having grown up on a dairy farm in Gordonton, Thomas Macdonald has always been passionate about farming. He says it was a huge advantage for him to study agribusiness at Waikato University.
Management, Public Relations
Zara Coleman is a blogger at Mosh Social Media and a copywriter at Mabel Maguire, a boutique Auckland agency that specialises in content marketing, social media and public relations.
Finance, Strategic Management
When Daniel Stevenson finished his Bachelor of Management Studies degree in 2010, he headed straight to Sydney to work for Deutsche Bank.
Coming from a health background as an occupational therapist, Christine Hall wanted a business qualification that would enable her to progress her career and move into management roles in other industries.
Cathy Prendergast has been named as a finalist in the Dairy Women's Network Community Leadership Award 2017.
Public Relations, Spanish
Whangarei girl Briar Thompson was awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford after completing her communications degree at Waikato - and now she's taking a bite out of the Big Apple in New York.
Studying for an MBA had been on Anne Blakeway’s bucket list for more than a decade, and the programme at Waikato Management School “more than delivered” on her expectations, she says.
Andrew Mumford is the manager of marketing operations at Fisher & Paykel Heathcare. He says Waikato's MBA gave him a new repertoire of resources to call on and inspired passion for seeking new ways to solve problems.
Alana Scott is the owner-manager of A Little Bit Yummy, a business that works to create simple, yummy recipes for sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome.
Hailing from Pune, the educational capital of India, Akiv had a clear picture in mind about where he wanted to study for his masters degree - Waikato Management School.
Brad Sherman has been a gardener, a cook in a takeaway bar, exercised dogs for a pet motel, ushered at Chiefs rugby games, and tutored university students. Thanks to his BBA degree at Waikato, he's now employed as a consultant for Deloitte New Zealand.
Applied Computing, Electronic Business
Bjarne gained hands-on experience at Digital Stream, a multi-media development company in Hamilton, while still completing his electronic commerce degree at Waikato.
Blake Johnson has landed his dream job as a project coordinator for Fletcher Building in Auckland, and he credits Waikato's MBM degree for getting him there.
Ipu Hapi likens the Waikato MBA he is working so hard to achieve to a sacred taonga, like the All Blacks jersey. “It is a symbol of excellence, hard work, and shows that with effort and sacrifice I can become all that I want to be.”
Deep’s love of travelling and meeting people from different cultures made him a prime candidate to study for his masters, as an international participant.
Since 2005, Grant Kedian has worked at Tradestaff, one of New Zealand’s largest privately owned recruitment companies.
In 1998 Longveld was moderately successful as a new player in the stainless steel service industry but was losing momentum.
Bentham Ohia completed his MBA at Waikato University, where he developed a management style that supports his skill, talents and experience.
Louise Dean used to be a radio voice but has now moved into management at The Radio Network.
Economics, Supply Chain Management
Angus Macdonald will be saying adiós to New Zealand and 'hola' to Mexico early next year.
Former Hamilton Boys’ High Head Prefect Sam Franicevic has been playing the guitar since he was 11. Since then, he has developed a passion for the guitar which has evolved into composing for many different genres of music.
Kelcy is in her first year of university and is studying towards a Bachelor of Management. Her most recent achievement in basketball is being selected into the Waikato Women's Wizards team who went on to finished second in the national league.
Rowing has been a part of Alex’s life for six years, since taking up the sport in his first year at high school.
Anthony Baker beat 140 other applicants to be selected for a graduate role at Zespri, the global kiwifruit exporter. Now he's working for Zespri's international marketing team and travels the world with his job. So what made him stand out from other candidates? Anthony believes it was his MBM degree from Waikato that made all the difference.
Tayla Carson already has her first job lined up after finishing her Master of Business and Management. She’s moving to the South Island to work as a resource consent manager for Invercargill City Council.
Becoming a data analyst was Nitika’s number one goal when she left India to study a master's in business at Waikato University. Her hard work has paid off. She now works as an asset data analyst for Watercare Services Ltd in Auckland.
After completing the Master of Business and Management (MBM) at Waikato University, Michael has now found his dream job as a business analyst for Air New Zealand.
Regular business trips to Melbourne, holding the Melbourne Cup Trophy and sampling food created by top celebrity chefs are just a few perks of the job for Bachelor of Communication Studies graduate Courtney Stayte.
Former Cambridge High School Head Boy Ben Good has continued to excel in his chosen sport of Kenpo Karate. In the last six years Ben has put in dominant displays on the international stage at both the Oceania Kenpo 5.0 Championships and the World Kenpo 5.0 Fighter Championships.
Electronic Business, Marketing
Completing a Bachelor of Electronic Commerce was a natural choice for Matt Kenrick, whose parents are both marketers.
Linzi Gao is an international student from Sichuan, China who is motivated to build a successful career for herself as a Chartered Accountant and start a new life in New Zealand.
Judit Dervadelin arrived in New Zealand from Hungary armed with a degree in economics. But she knew a master's in professional accounting would be very useful for any kind of career in business.
Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain Management
Jarrod Saxton is a self-confessed “daredevil in business” who gets a thrill out of running his own start-up company, Kita, which uses innovative technologies to improve the sport of rowing.
Luke is currently studying a Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) in his first year of study at the University of Waikato. Rugby Union is his sport of choice where in 2015 was selected in both North Harbour and Blues U18 squads.
A passion for dancing has led to a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship for Kaylee Bird. The former Otumoetai College student is now in her second year of studying a conjoint Bachelor of Management Studies and a Bachelor of Laws.
Marketing, Public Relations
Working for the Chiefs Rugby franchise has been the perfect career start for James Forster, a social media marketing specialist who did his Bachelor of Communication Studies degree at Waikato University.
Marketing, Strategic Management
As the marketing manager for Flex Fitness New Zealand, Dillon Williams is responsible for developing monthly campaigns to generate new customer leads, boost the profile of Flex Fitness clubs, as well as finding ways to improve customer service and retention of gym members.
Caleb Coffey will be undertaking his final year of Theatre Studies as part of a BA/BBA(Fin) conjoint. Caleb relishes in bringing a character to life and it’s this aspect of theatre that he enjoys most.