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Our committee is made up of a dedicated team of volunteers who are the beauty, brains, and brawn of Wellington Young Professionals. Check out the talented bunch below:

Mary Sullivan

Mary is originally from Hawke's Bay and studied law and history at Otago University. She is a corporate and commercial solicitor at Avid.legal Limited, a firm which works with start ups and high growth companies (among others).

Outside of work she enjoys attending many of the events and activities Wellington has to offer, and is also a keen runner.

You can contact Mary on president@wyp.co.nz

Nic Barkley
Vice President & Marketing/Communications

Nic hails from Nelson in the top of the South and then moved to Wellington to study at Victoria University of Wellington. He currently works at the State Services Commission as the Principal Advisor in the Office of the Head of State Services.

Outside of work, Nic tries to get out and about with his camera—most notably at night on the south coast of Wellington to grab some shots of the night sky.

You can contact Nic on vicepresident@wyp.co.nz or marketing@wyp.co.nz

Ben Ruback

Ben is currently a solicitor at Rainey Collins working in the litigation team. He is originally from the Wairarapa and moved to Wellington to study law and arts at Victoria University of Wellington. 

Ben is an avid swimmer who enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences with others as a coach at a competitive swim club, learn to swim club, and surf lifesaving club. He represented New Zealand in open water swimming at several international competitions.

You can contact Ben on info@wyp.co.nz

Robyn Simpson

Robyn is originally from Hawke's Bay before moving to Palmerston North to study Accounting and Mathematics at Massey University. Finally settling down in Wellington, Robyn works as a Senior Associate in the Financial Assurance team at PwC.

Outside of work Robyn enjoys reading, the gym and Sunday brunches at one of the many great food options Wellington has to offer.

Feel free to contact Robyn at treasurer@wyp.co.nz

Frederick Dunphy

Frederick is part of the Property and Commercial team at Morrison Kent and is an avid sportsman.

Frederick enjoys long walks down the beach, wine, golf and trying new things. Frederick is one of the most social people you will meet, you should feel free to approach him at any meeting or event as he simply loves to meet new people.

Please feel free to contact Frederick at events@wyp.co.nz

Natalia Fareti

Natalia is a Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. A graduate of both Victoria University and Massey University (Economics and Commercial Law), she’s an aspiring author who enjoys a bit of tango and ceroc here and there, as well as kickboxing.

She volunteers for various causes and finds it hard to say no to chocolate. She looks forward to helping arrange some great events for our WYP members and guests.

Please feel free to contact Natalia at events@wyp.co.nz

Daphne Wang

Daphne is an Advisor at KPMG in their IT Advisory practise. A born and raised Wellingtonian, who studied computer science at Victoria University. She has a technical background and was a software developer in her prior role.

Daphne thrives in social environments and fully embraces her extroverted nature. She looks forward to participating in upcoming WYP events and networking with diverse people. In her down time she is a lover of coffee, books and yoga.

Please feel free to contact Daphne at events@wyp.co.nz

Jemma Barton

Please feel free to contact Jemma at events@wyp.co.nz

Påve Rusåkul

You can contact Påve on sponsorship@wyp.co.nz

Yi Zhang

Yi is a loud and proud East Aucklander who has moved down to Wellington to pursue her Masters student in Business Analysis at Victoria University of Wellington. 

She is a firm believer that leadership is the fundamental solution to the world's issues, She has a powerful passion for leadership and the ability to change the lives of others by developing mindset and qualities. Outside of that, Yi enjoys challenging workouts, coffee dates in a Wellington cafe and super spicy Mexican food.

You can contact Yi on sponsorship@wyp.co.nz

Interested in joining us?
Keep an eye out for our call for nominations before each AGM for your chance to join the committee, or email info@wyp.co.nz.
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