WellingtonNZ Board & CEO
The WellingtonNZ Board brings together leaders with a broad range of experience, knowledge and expertise. They're committed to enhancing the Wellington region as a destination and are collectively responsible for setting WellingtonNZ's strategic direction
Tracey Bridges - Chair
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.
John Allen - CEO
John joined WellingtonNZ as Chief Executive in June 2020. He has been a Wellington resident since 1979, when he came to the city to study law at Victoria University.
John has held a number of Senior Leadership roles including as a Partner in law firm Rudd Watts& Stone (now Minter Ellison Rudd Watts), and CEO of New Zealand Post, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade, and the New Zealand Racing Board. An experienced director and a passionate advocate for the arts, John is married with a son, and lives in Wadestown.
Steve Maharey has lived in Wellington for thirty years and is wild about the city. He is currently an independent director working mainly in the areas of health, education and regional development.
His career has been extensive, ranging from being Vice-Chancellor of Massey University and a Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister to serving as a city councillor in Palmerston North where he established the Manawatu Economic Development Agency.
He was awarded the Companion of New Zealand Medal (CNZM) in 2008.
A a professional director and trustee on a number of Māori and non-government organisations, Wayne has been involved in start-up business as well as global licensing and technology transfer agreements.
Married with two children, Wayne is actively involved in Iwi matters in Wellington and Taranaki, and is a director of WellingtonNZ subsidiary Creative HQ, Edmund Hillary Fellowship Limited, Genomics Aotearoa, Anagenix Group, Tui Ora Limited, NZ Bio Forestry Limited and NUKU ki te Puku Limited. He is also a trustee on NZ Festival Trust and Tawhiri Trust.
Kylie is the Chief Operating Officer for Expo 2020 in Dubai. She previously led the Government’s International Investment Attraction Taskforce, New Zealand’s Major Events Development Programme and the Flag Consideration Project. Leadership roles in the private sector include Head of Marketing for Skycity Entertainment Group, and Director of Events & Sponsorship for the NZ Tourism Association.
Kylie is a member of the Institute of Directors and also serves as a Trustee for the philanthropic Te Papa Foundation, dedicated to supporting the work of the national museum and gallery. She lives in Wellington with her husband, who both enjoy spending time with his two two grown boys and their crazy dog Roxanne.
A native Wellingtonian, Thomas is the chief executive of Deloitte in New Zealand and a member of the Executive of Deloitte Asia Pacific that has Management and Governance responsibility for the Deloitte operations in Australia, China, Japan, NZ and SEA. He also sits on the Deloitte New Zealand board.
As a Tax Partner, Thomas advised extensively on tax policy, international tax, tax controversy and mergers & acquisitions and provided corporate tax advice to some of NZ largest corporates. As a consequence, he is internationally recognised as a leading NZ tax advisor.
Matt Clarke is the Chief Commercial Officer of Wellington Airport, responsible for airline business development, property and the airport’s other commercial activities.
He has worked in Wellington since 2010 and has held executive roles spanning six airports in New Zealand and abroad.
Matt is an experienced, strategic leader in Aviation, Tourism and Property Development. He is a Director of Whare Manakitanga, the owner of Wellington’s newest Rydges hotel and Nelson Airport.