WellingtonNZ Board of Directors

Headshot of Tracey Bridges, a board member of WellingtonNZ, smiling in front of the Bucket Fountain.

Tracey Bridges


Tracey works in strategy, leadership and behaviour change, with an international reputation for leadership in social marketing. In 2017, Tracey sold her shareholding in SenateSHJ, the trans-Tasman communication consultancy that she co-founded, to focus on a portfolio career combining business directorships and consultancy in the social sector.

She is a Trustee of the Wellington Regional Stadium Trust and a co-founder and director of The Good Registry. She is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand, the Chair of the New Zealand Social Marketing Network, and a member of the Board of the Australian Association of Social Marketing.

Headshot of Paul Retimanu, a board member of WellingtonNZ, smiling in front of the Bucket Fountain.

Paul Retimanu

Paul has an extraordinarily strong background, naturally gravitating into leadership roles in his early 20s, then into his own businesses in 1998. Paul now operates his hospitality company Manaaki Management, employing up to 70 staff.

With seven tamariki who whakapapa to Ngapuhi, Tuwharetoa and Samoa, this is a driving force for Paul, to both the Māori and Pacifica worlds.

Currently sitting on multiple boards, he brings leadership, business knowledge and entrepreneurship expertise to the roles of Chair, Deputy Chair or Board Member. Paul uses his skills and experience to influence and make impactful decisions in these governance roles.

Headshot of Daphne Te Rito Luke, a board member of WellingtonNZ, smiling in front of the Bucket Fountain.

Daphne Te Rito Luke

Daphne has been involved in Māori economic development for more than 25 years, having established the Kāpiti and Horowhenua Māori economic development agency and the local Māori business network. She is a project manager, consultant, researcher, published author and professional director and trustee.

Daphne is engaged across Māori health, education, economic development, business and telecommunications. She holds positions with the governing body of Te Wānanga o Raukawa, is the Chair of Te Matarau a Māui, Co-Chair for the Wellington Regional Skills Leadership Group, the Deputy Chair for Hora Te Pai Māori Health Service, Chair of Te Rōpū Pakihi Inc and is a recent Board appointment to WellingtonNZ. She is also a member of the Institute of Directors.

Headshot of David Wilks, a board member of WellingtonNZ, smiling in front of the Bucket Fountain.

David Wilks

David is the General Manager of Wētā Workshop, a design and physical manufacturing facility that has grown from a focus on film and TV to include design and build of location-based attractions, consumer products, video games, and operating a rapidly expanding tourism division.

His career has also spanned FMCG marketing, agriculture sector retailing, and government roles in tourism and in conservation.

David has also held many governance roles across tourism, not-for-profit, and conservation.  He is currently a director of the commercial licencing arm of the NZ Cancer Society, and a member of the board of trustees of Wellington College.

Headshot of Jill Hatchwell, a board member of WellingtonNZ, smiling in front of the Bucket Fountain.

Jill Hatchwell

Jill is a born and bred Wellingtonian, now residing in the Wairarapa. Passionate about the Wellington region, she is enthusiastic to now be able to “give a little back”. Throughout her financial management career, she has contributed to growing businesses in sectors ranging from the investment company scene to aviation and consultancy in the public sector.

Jill is a professional director and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. She currently serves on the boards of the Civil Aviation Authority, Ringa Hora Services Workforce Development Council, Chatham Rock Phosphate Ltd (NZX and TSX listed) and USX-listed Aorere Resources Ltd. She is the Chair of the Audit and Risk subcommittees of all four entities.