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:

Steph James

Steph has been part of the WYP Committee since June 2016 as Events Manager, Vice President and now President. Steph enjoys developing networks and providing growth and development opportunities for like-minded young professionals through the events and talks WYP runs.

Steph works for NZ Police as part of the Policing 2021 Programme aimed at making our communities safer. She has a background in projects, recruitment & HR. Steph studied at Victoria University and has a BA in Criminology & Psychology and absolutely loves Wellington! If you have any questions for Steph please do not hesitate to get in touch on otherwise come and say hello at our next event!

Jonny Hogan
Vice President

Jason Klapproth

Jason is a commercial solicitor at Rainey Collins Lawyers.

Jason grew up in Auckland, and studied Law and Commerce (majoring in Economics) at the University of Otago in Dunedin.

Outside of work, Jason volunteers as a lawyer at Community Law Wellington and is often found out surfing the breaks of Lyall Bay and the Wairarapa.

Caroline Ash

Caroline is an Associate at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in their Risk Assurance practice where she works in Project Risk, Internal Audit, Transformation Confidence, Regulatory Response and Cyber Security. Originally from Wellington, she spent 14 years growing up in numerous countries, and studied International Relations and English Literature (after a brief stint at Law School) at Victoria University. Caroline loves anything global and will happily while away hours yarning about international politics, sustainable practices, risk management and Women in business.

In her spare time Caroline can normally be found at the gym lifting heavy things, drinking a good Riesling, exhibiting art or out on the water fishing. When she can, she is always looking for opportunities to use her French, Melanesian Pijin and Arabic! She always enjoys meeting people at WYP events, so please introduce yourself and come have a glass of wine!

Frederick Dunphy
Sponsorship Manager

Frederick Dunphy is our new Sponsorship Manager. 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.

Frederick is eager to discuss any and all sponsorship opportunities and aims to provide access for WYP members to the best benefits possible.

Frederick can be reached by email at

Mark Lynskey
Marketing and Communications Manager

Mark has recently joined us as our new Marketing and Communications Manager.  Originally from Hawke's Bay, he has studied Engineering, Web Development, and Multimedia.  After spending time working at a digital agency, he is currently a freelance web developer and graphic designer.

Mark has a curious eye for cutting-edge technology and trends, and is a promoter of continuous learning.  He enjoys football, reading, coffee, craft beer, and scotch.

Contact Mark at

Stefanie Perica
Events Manager

Stef has recently moved back to Wellington after spending approximately 4 years working in Canada and the UK in corporate marketing and recruitment environments.

Her primary responsibilities in her previous roles included developing and executing events, photography, recruiting, marketing and managing the firm’s social media activity. 

Stef works for Round Peg Recruitment Services as a Candidate Manager and is also a Freelance Wedding/Event Photographer in her spare time. She looks forward to both organising some interesting and exciting events for WYP and meeting members.

Please feel free to contact her at

Natalia Fareti
Events Coordinator

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.

Mary Sullivan
Events Manager

Mary is originally from Hawke's Bay and studied law and history at Otago University. She is a corporate and commercial solicitor at 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.

Daphne Wang
Events Coordinator

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.

Interested in joining us?
Keep an eye out for our call for nominations before each August AGM for your chance to join the committee, or email

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