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Student profiles - Waikato Management School

 

Luke Dingle

Finance, Strategic Management
He’s a financial adviser by day, and a champion powerlifter by night. In his role as an associate at PlanWise in Mount Maunganui, Luke Dingle gives professional financial advice to clients about personal insurance and mortgages.


Ella Tappin

Accounting
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.


Briar Thompson

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.


Greg Pearce

Greg Pearce has yachts, and worked on international aerospace and energy projects. Now he's studying a Master of Business Administration at Waikato University.


Aleena Sutton

Accounting
Aleena Sutton is on track to dream of becoming a chartered accountant, thanks to her business degree at Waikato. She did a summer accounting internship at KPMG, and then studied for a Master of Management Studies in Accounting.


Tayla Carson

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.


Stevie Ward

Human Resource Management, Marketing
As the Human Resources Advisor at Skyline Rotorua, she gets to look out over the luge and gondolas every day, knowing she’s helping to bring an iconic New Zealand experience to life.


Ellyse Bowen

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.


Kale Isaac

Economics, Law


Hayley Flett

Accounting
It took a stint of working in admin at a car dealership for Hayley Flett to realise she wanted to pursue a career in accounting.


Marina Doretto

Marketing
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.


Judit Dervadelin

Accounting
Judit completed the course with first class honours and secured her first accounting role straight away, thanks to a glowing recommendation from a lecturer.


David Dai

Economics, Finance
The future looks promising for David Dai, who’s just landed a top role as a senior associate at BNZ Waikato – normally reserved for the best and brightest graduates after 12 months of intensive training.


Samaria Mason

Electronic Commerce, Strategic Management, Supply Chain Management
Management graduate Samaria Mason (Te Rarawa Te Arawa) never imagined she’d one day be working for the start-up company that created the world’s first hydrofoil water bike.


Louis Wilks

Marketing, Strategic Management
BMS graduate Louis Wilks is currently working as a Marketing Manager for Manta5, the start-up company behind the world’s first hydrofoil waterbike.


Emily Gallagher

Marketing, Public Relations
When Emily Gallagher graduated from the University of Waikato in December, she didn’t have to move very far. As a communications student she had already been offered her dream job as the University’s Communications Adviser – Students.


Shilpi Sharma

Business adviser Shilpi Sharma says the Waikato MBM opened doors for her in the business world and equipped her to become a leader.


Nick Ross

Economics


Nadine Parata

For Nadine, what made the MBA such a great experience was the people, especially the lecturers and her fellow students.


Xiao Ying

Economics
The University of Waikato-Zheijang University City College (UW-ZUCC) joint programme gave Xiao Ying the business and language skills to expand the family business.


James Forster

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.


Alex Kravchenko

Economics, International Management, Marketing


Mark Wilson

High-flying BMS alumnus Mark Wilson is CEO of Aviva, the UK"s largest insurance company, with 34 million customers worldwide.


Jamie Carson

Strategic Management
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.


Louise Upston

From her polished public image, one would never guess that National MP, Louise Upston had a rough start to her tertiary education


Abbey Hilson

Marketing, Public Relations


Gina Millar

Digital Business


Clare Swallow

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.


Paul Bowker

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.


Lucas de Jong

Public Relations
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.


Nick Kemp

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.


Richard Kinzett

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.


Matthew Osborne

Economics, Finance
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

Jan Adams is chief operating officer of Health Waikato, the provider arm of the Waikato District Health Board.


Waylon Kenning

Master of Digital Business student Waylon Kenning likes to create “digital experiences that delight customers; by defining their interests and marrying them to technology”.


Genevieve Pye

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.


Jacinda Ardern

Public Relations
Newly minted Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern completed a Bachelor of Communication Studies at Waikato Management School in 2001.


Sharma McIntyre

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.


Greg Johnston

Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management
Greg Johnston is a talented young Waikato entrepreneur who’s passionate about high-growth start-up ventures and social enterprises.


Rebecca Foote

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.


Bradley Sam

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.


Kym Hambly

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

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.


Kendl Hambly

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

Public Relations
Libby Baron is loving the opportunities and lifestyle in Queenstown since she graduated from a BCS degree at Waikato, majoring in public relations.


Lee Reichardt

Electronic Business
While studying towards a Bachelor of Electronic Commerce at Waikato, Lee Reichardt started his own web design agency, Rocketspark.co.nz.


Luke Coxhead

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

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.


Hana Grant

Finance
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

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.


Hannah Dinh

Finance
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.


Keerthana Suresh

“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.”


Grant Anderson

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.


Nicola Daisley

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.


Lucia (Yin) Liu

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.


Mark Hosking

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.


Heather Johnston

Management
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.


Ebony de Thierry

Marketing
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.


Rashmi Singh

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.


Rachel Leinhardt

Hospitality Management, Tourism Management
Rachel Leinhardt has a great passion for the tourism industry, having been immersed in it from a young age.


Raewyn Mahara

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.


Razel Blaza

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.


Ruan Nunes

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.


Ruth Venter

Accounting
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.


Ryan Clark

Finance
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.


Samuel Mackenzie

With a background in nursing, Samuel Mackenzie wanted to branch out into management by combining his healthcare skills with a business qualification.


Sean McKenna

Finance
“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.


Tahl Lawrence

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.


Thomas Macdonald

Agribusiness, Finance
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.


Daniel Stevenson

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.


Christine Hall

Marketing
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

Cathy Prendergast has been named as a finalist in the Dairy Women's Network Community Leadership Award 2017.


Anne Blakeway

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

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

Strategic Management
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.


Akiv Rohekar

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

Accounting
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.


Bjarne Frederiksen

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

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

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 Rastogi

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.


Grant Kedian

Since 2005, Grant Kedian has worked at Tradestaff, one of New Zealand’s largest privately owned recruitment companies.


Angus Macdonald

Economics, Supply Chain Management
Angus Macdonald will be saying adiós to New Zealand and 'hola' to Mexico early next year.


Anthony Baker

Marketing
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.


Michael Sparrow

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.


Courtney Stayte

Public Relations
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.


Nick Robertson

Economics
Nick's Economics studies included a Student Exchange to Virginia (USA). Since then he's been a research services analyst for NZ Parliamentary Services, and an economic analyst in London.


Matt Kenrick

Electronic Business, Marketing
Completing a Bachelor of Electronic Commerce was a natural choice for Matt Kenrick, whose parents are both marketers.


Linzi Gao

Accounting
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.


Jarrod Saxton

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.


Leeann Morgan

Agribusiness


Tim Doyle

Accounting, Management
Since studying Accounting and Management, Tim has been a Chartered Accountant in London and an SME business specialist back home in NZ.


Dillon Williams

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.