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Our Facilitators

Our training is facilitated by specialists who know the realities of business, and deliver learning that is practical, relevant and relatable.

Amira Aman

Mentor, coach and facilitator, Amira is passionate about the development of mentoring and coaching capabilities business wide.  Amira has extensive experience in mentoring and facilitating individuals and groups to develop mentoring and coaching capability tailored to their context. 

Amira is highly skilled in supporting others to learn these incredibly practical skills and in turn helping others unpack issues and working out what the solution might be for themselves.


Anton Matthews

Owner of bilingual restaurant FUSH, Anton Matthews, is all about normalising te reo for all Kiwis. Anton has a degree in in Te Reo Maori and Maori Indigenous Studies, and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching at the University of Canterbury Te Whare Wananga o Waitaha. A graduate from top Maori language academy Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo Maori, Anton is a natural teacher and presenter, never more comfortable than sharing his passion for te reo – watch some of his videos here. 

Carolyn Bates

With over 20 years experience in training and learning & development, Carolyn also has extensive experience as an HR Manager and as a people leader; this provides an essential background to ensure all the workshops she delivers are tailored to participants needs, are useful and relevant. She believes that any workshop or learning experience must be based on robust theory, research and also NZ legal precedents and provide useful tools and techniques for immediate use. 

Carolyn's delivery style is lively and engaging, resulting in a enjoyable, enlightening and practical day. 

Desirée Williamson

Communications expert Desirée Williamson has been supporting Canterbury business people for over a decade, providing the tools and dialogues to help achieve tangible communication improvements that result in an enhanced workplace communication climate and credibility in the workplace. 

Through her experience working with people at various stages of their career, across a multitude of industries, Desirée is able to help with various scenario planning to provide practical support for course attendees, while also providing a comfortable environment for attendees to share real-life challenges.

Geof Franks

From developing teaching materials for secondary school students to delivering customised accounting training for lawyers, Geof Franks has spent his career making the dollars and cents make sense.

A Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Teaching, Geof combines his extensive accounting knowledge and experience with his natural ability to connect with people, unpack complex topics and deliver his teaching in a relaxed, down-to-earth manner.  Geof’s approach is hands-on and practical and has been enjoyed by thousands of course participants who have described his style as informative and inspirational with “top marks” for content and delivery.  He’s a true teacher and top-notch facilitator who breaks down previously complex accounting concepts and makes them relatable to the small business sector.

Ian Cartwright

Ian specialises in building cross-cultural relationships, strategic account management, delivering project and technical sales, preparing & executing strategic plans. He is a globally experienced technical sales & marketing professional with over 25 years' experience, in more than 20 countries across multiple industries. He is a skilled communicator & presenter and holds a Bachelor of Applied Management (Sales & Marketing). a New Zealand Certificate in Engineering (Electrical) and is a Fellow of the Association of Professional Sales. 

Everything I know about sales, I discovered through doing, and I can teach your team shortcuts it took me 30 years to learn. 

I can take the skills I’ve learned cutting international deals, leading teams, establishing distributors, and mentoring more sales reps than I can remember. And I can put them to work, teaching your team to sell.

"I’ll show them how easily they can grow your business by focusing on solving your customers’ problems and committing to simple daily activities that fill your pipeline."



Lauren James

Lauren James, our BusinessNZ Network Sustainability Lead has 12 years experience in a hybrid of commercial, and sustainability experience. The diverse portfolio of global experience she brings spreads across multiple industries. Beyond NZ, she has worked in Australia, China and South-East Asia, the UK and Mexico City. Recent focuses of climate risk disclosure reporting and consulting (External Reporting Board/ PWC); sustainable procurement and supplier diversity at Westpac and for Ports of Auckland, combined with sustainability, innovation and commercialisation for global dairy industry (Fonterra) have cultivated a strong sustainability lens applied practically to a commercial context and a desire for leadership to create change and impact.

Lauren’s key strength is being a change agent, developing and executing strategy and educating for sustainable change to help businesses succeed in a dynamic landscape. The backbone of her experience are post-graduate qualifications in sustainability and environmental science from world leading universities including a Masters from Imperial College, London.
Aside from a strong corporate background, Lauren has worked with SMEs and social enterprises, as a consultant, mentor and co-owner and has volunteered for an NGO working on social innovation in Mexico City. She was also a crew member of the Eat Less Plastic journey in the Pacific undertaking ocean microplastic research, beach clean-ups, community education and as part of this voyage, was the lead interviewer of NGOs in Suva for a documentary. 

Michael Prisk

Michael is an HR and Employment Relations Advisor with The Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce.

Michael's 40-year career has exposed him to working across the whole employee lifecycle including recruitment, employee relations, performance management and succession planning and has a particular interest in cultivating talent.

Michael loves partnering and supporting Canterbury businesses to thrive in these challenging times.

Stephanie Rumble

Stephanie creates a safe environment to address each person’s needs and get the relevant and appropriate message across in a fun and relatable way.  Uniquely qualified to deliver many aspects of Health, Safety and Wellness education, Stephanie informs and inspires her audiences.

She has worked as a Health and Safety Educator since 1996; beginning her journey with the Engineers Union; working for 2 years with the British Health and Safety Executive and then working for many years as a Health and Safety Consultant with various clients.

Stephanie has a Masters Degree in Consumer and Applied Science (Otago), a post graduate certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (Otago) and a Licentiate diploma in Speech and Drama from the Trinity College of London. 

Victoria Barkway

Victoria is a learning and development professional with over 20 years experience in writing, delivering and evaluating leadership, management and sales training programme's, operating in the UK and New Zealand. Victoria works closely with The Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and enjoys designing and delivering a broad range of training programme’s for Canterbury employers. Victoria holds a Level 5 Diploma in Adult Learning and Education, a Massey Certificate in Employment Relations and is passionate about helping organisations realise the potential in their people. 

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