Loren Heaphy

Loren Heaphy, Chair

General Manager Destination and Attraction, ChristchurchNZ

Loren is tasked with enhancing and exploring the visitor experience in Ōtautahi Christchurch through her leadership of the ChristchurchNZ Convention Bureau, the Canterbury Film Office, and International Education teams. She also oversees major events and tourism, destination management and industry liaison.

Loren has extensive experience in senior tourism roles, including with Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), Ngati Whatua Orakei and Nelson Tasman Tourism.

Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy, Deputy Chair

Events Manager, Napier City Council

Kevin has over 20 years' experience in the events industry, currently Event Manager for Napier City he has been involved in various Hawkes Bay events over the years managed HB Blues Brews & BBQ festival for 12 years. Previous roles have included being Commercial Manager for Sport Hawke's Bay and has had a strong relationship with Hawke's Bay Tourism over the years.

Kevin has a passion for music and he is involved with a trust that has recently established the www.hbmusichub.co.nz to showcase Hawke's Bay artists.

His current role with Napier City includes overseeing the event fund and developing new opportunities for the city to host as well as supporting / marketing over 30 local events annually.


Anna Hiatt

Director, Pure Chaos

Anna has extensive event management & sponsorship experience at a senior level predominantly across major international sports events held in New Zealand.

Anna is the director of Pure Chaos Ltd and contracts to various events. Anna has an enterprising innovative approach to life and business strategy coupled with a passion for event management particularly around relationship/ stakeholder management. She has been a NZEA board member since 2016.


Ashley Cassin

Directory, Left Coast Events

Ashley joined the NZEA Board in 2019 after three years as a Regional Rep. Currently studying an MBA, Ashley also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Management with an endorsement in Events Management. Ashley was a finalist in the Emerging Event Professional of the Year category in 2017 for his work with the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival. With a background in sporting events Ashley also enjoys competing/completing endurance events around New Zealand, most recently Godzone in Canterbury.

Bevan Tydda

Bevan Tydda

Onfield Solutions Ltd

Bevan had more than 10 years’ experience in corporate finance roles before moving into events. His first event role was the small matter of managing the budget and the procurement function for Rugby World Cup 2011. At the conclusion of RWC2011 Bevan setup Onfield Solutions with a view to providing event organisers with corporate and business support and services. Utilising his corporate experience, Bevan has delivered a significant number of projects, ranging from strategic planning, business planning, feasibility studies, funding applications and bid work through to post event reporting and evaluation. Bevan joined the NZEA Board in May 2019, had his second child in Jan 2019 and hasn’t slept since.

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Chris Randle

Head of Event Success, Blerter

After an early career in project management & commercial roles in multi-billion infrastructure programmes, Chris discovered his event industry calling in 2011 as Project Manager at the Olympic Park for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Since then he has led the development and delivery of mass participation events in New Zealand as Regional Director at the IRONMAN Group. Chris is passionate about developing the capability of the industry, people and teams. He is now providing advice & support to events both domestically & internationally in his role of Head of Event Success at Blerter.

Claire Webber

Claire Webber

Director, Event Solutions Ltd

After a decade working in the conference and event industry, Claire started Event Solutions NZ in 2007. Event Solutions NZ works with a suite of online, onsite and barcode scanning event technology solutions. With both international and national clients including corporates, associations, event owners, travel/incentive companies and government agencies and Claire provides registration and ticketing solutions, onsite name tag printing and barcode scanning solutions. Claire joined the NZEA Board in 2017.

Jon T Kemeys

Jon Tamihere-Kemeys

Relationship builder | Strategist | Creative | Connective | Cultural | Board Member

JT is a strategy-focused, relationship-driven innovator in the events space. Experienced across private and public sector, government, corporate and community organisations, JT has a stellar record building relationships, awareness, and achieving targets through end-to-end planning, management and execution of all-scale events, marketing, sponsorship and partnership initiatives.

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Mark Pickering

Marketing & Strategic Partnerships Lead - Major Events/Business Events, Auckland Unlimited

Mark started as an event promoter in Australia before working in sponsorship and marketing in the UK on events such as London Fashion Week, F1, the EPL and Glastonbury. In NZ he has owned event-focused agencies working with RNV, Volvo Ocean Race, RWC2011 and Splore. Mark now leads Marketing and Strategic Partnerships at Auckland Unlimited’s Major Events team, bringing the world’s biggest events and artists to NZ.

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Sarah Meikle

CEO of the Wellington Culinary Events Trust (WCET) & Director of Food + Drink New Zealand

Sarah is CEO of the Wellington Culinary Events Trust (WCET) and Director of Food + Drink New Zealand. The WCET delivers some of NZ’s largest food and beverage events including Visa Wellington On a Plate, Beervana, the Road to Beervana and Highball. These events were created with the principal objective of "promoting Wellington as the premium NZ food and beverage destination" focused on attracting out-of-town visitors.

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Brenna McCann - Board Observer

Event Operations Manager, Dunedin Venues Management Ltd

Brenna is the Event Operations Manager at Dunedin Venues Management Ltd (DVML) and is responsible for leading a team of highly skilled and motivated Event Managers and Co-ordinators. Brenna and her team deliver a wide range of events, from multi-day conferences to major sporting codes and concerts. Brenna’s strengths are in operations and event management along with people leadership and strong industry relationships.

Brenna was awarded the 2018 NZEA Best Emerging Event Professional award following the successful delivery of three sold-out Ed Sheeran shows in Dunedin.

The Board Observer programme enables up and coming leaders in the events sector to gain governance experience by working alongside the NZEA Board.