November 1, 2018


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 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.

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Nic Barkley
Vice President

Nic grew up in Nelson in the top of the South before moving to Wellington to study at Victoria University of Wellington. He currently works at the State Services Commission as the Principal Change Advisor for the Public Service Reform work.

Outside of work, Nic gets out and about around Wellington—most notably with golf club in hand trying to improve his drive.

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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 has represented New Zealand in open water swimming at several international competitions.

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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.

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David Quinn

Originally born in London, David moved to NZ as a youngster and has enjoyed various roles helping clients with their home finance needs.  David works at Stephanie Murray Mortgages as a Registered Financial Advisor.

An avid sportsman in all seasons, David is a keen participant in various club level codes in his community.  He's passionate about helping local community causes, and trains hard for the annual Rimutaka Trail Run for the Mental Health Association. 



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Natalia Fareti

Natalia is a Principal Advisor at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. A graduate of both Victoria University and Massey University, she’s an aspiring author who enjoys a bit of tango and ceroc, 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.

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Jemma Saywell
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Lee Bright

Lee grew up in the thriving metropolis of Marton, before moving to Wellington to study Marketing and Psychology. She has been the Marketing Coordinator for Method Recycling for the past 6 months and is enjoying making a visible difference to organisations recycling habits.

A firm believer in positive mental health Lee practices mindfulness, loves to bake and going to the gym. 

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Påve Rusåkul
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Courtney Stevens