The Networkers Advisory Board
Our advisory board ...
a group of outstanding, dedicated Members who are all successful business owners and have a strong sense of community.
The purpose of the Advisory Board is to keep The Networkers true to our values and purpose; to advise on direction; expansion and new initiatives.
Their diversity; expertise; entrepreneurial ideas and advice, continue to assist The Networkers to be flexible, adaptable and sustainable within New Zealand’s business community.
As a Social Enterprise we intend to assist our business networking and local communities on many levels to make a real difference in our world.
- Brent Selwyn
Brent is a self-employed solicitor with 30 years’ experience in all aspects of private client law including the areas of property and commercial law, asset protection and estate planning.
He has sat on three not-for-profit boards in the past and is presently on the board of his daughter’s school, as well as the board of two other national organisations, one a not for profit, and the other being Law Alliance New Zealand.
He enjoys a healthy work life balance that sees him able to spend time with his family. He enjoys travel and most things sporting, including being a keen cyclist.
- Dana Dopleach
Dana, an owner of BlueFusion, comes from a background of Start-ups, Ecommerce, and Botany. She brings advisory experience from her time on the boards of Harbour Co-op, Lyttelton Harbour Business Association and the Canterbury Permaculture Institute among others.
Her experience in social enterprise gives her a solid understanding of the need to balance outcomes and have a strong, focused story. Regeneration and growth are key features in many of her projects.
Dana's greatest strengths are in bringing together technology and people to solve real world issues.
- Lee Retimana
With 25 plus years in sales and marketing across a diverse range of industries including IT, manufacturing, health and business services, Lee helps businesses grow through the science of marketing.
Lee’s qualifications include a BCA and a MBA (Distinction). She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK) and sits on the Advisory Boards for both the Massey University College of Business and the Ara Institute of Canterbury School of Business.
Lee originally thought she’d be an accountant but after being totally bored studying accounting and economics at university, she thankfully discovered marketing and the rest is history.
“What I do is combine the science of marketing and brand strategy with fresh thinking and really get under the ‘skin of a business’ to find ways that will turbocharge their marketing. It’s about being enquiring, asking lots of questions, and challenging the status quo. If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you can’t expect to get different results.”
Lee Retimana - Chief Marketer and Brand Strategist - Muritai Group
- Maria Gold
Maria comes from a background of Nursing, Midwifery and Body Therapies. She has a passion for empowering people to be the best possible version of themselves in every aspect of their lives.
She has created and built two businesses around core values of caring for, empowerment and supporting people in their health, wellness and business journey.
She believes that everyone needs a community to identify with; that collaboration, business synergies and working “for the good of all” always benefit businesses; their owners and local community.
- Murray Carter
Murray currently facilitates two groups; Sydenham and Papanui. He has been with The Networkers since its inception. He has had formal training in governance and not-for-profit board experience.
Outside of The Networkers he is a Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist specialising in working with sales and business people.
Murray has a natural ability to create space allowing people to relax, talk and come to their own conclusions both in their personal and business lives.
- Sharon Woodings
Sharon runs Blue Mercury Leadership which is a people development business. She is qualified in delivering Belbin Team Profile and Clifton Strengths Strength Finder.
For many years she has been contributing to local community through the Christchurch Sunrise Rotary Group, and is currently the Area Governor for the 33 Rotary clubs in the Upper South Island.
Her strong community focus and enthusiasm to help people be sustainable and productive ensures that people have the capability of reaching their full potential and in that way she feels “that the world is a better place for us all.”