SubUrban Team

Your hosts

Kathleeen and  Jocelyn are front of house, here to greet you, answer any questions and make you feel at home.

Their job is to make SubUrban a fun, vibrant and productive workplace.

Kathleen and Jocelyn are also involved in a number of communty projects kickstarted or managed by SubUrban.

Kathleen Wright, CEO

Jocelyn Lizama, Community Mananger

Our Advisors

Our Advisors volunteer their time to help us to develop our big picture strategy and give us invaluable advice on how to balance managing our business whilst meeting our social goals.

Marilyn Garson

Marilyn Garson advises SubUrban on it’s sustainability and business development path.  Since sometime in the last century, Marilyn has been designing social businesses to create employment in the Gaza Strip, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Cambodia and elsewhere.

“I love the too-hard basket.  It’s full of talent, waiting to be believed in.”

You can follow her path on https://www.linkedin.com/in/marilyn-garson-a415a518/

Richard Bentley

Richard is a Karori-based company director and management consultant. His career includes significant management roles in Fletcher Challenge, and he was CEO of the Natural Gas Corporation for 12 years.

He has held governance roles in many public, private, government  and not for profit organisations. These include chairing the Karori Sanctuary Trust through its development phase, and chairing the Carter Observatory Trust since 2003.

He has been involved in numerous innovative developments, and believes that New Zealanders need new ways to express their creativity and innovativeness, such as SubUrban.  Richard is a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Our Advisors volunteer their time to help us to develop our big picture strategy and give us invaluable advice on how to balance managing our business whilst meeting our social goals.

Marilyn Garson

Marilyn Garson advises SubUrban on it’s sustainability and business development path.  Since sometime in the last century, Marilyn has been designing social businesses to create employment in the Gaza Strip, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Cambodia and elsewhere.

“I love the too-hard basket.  It’s full of talent, waiting to be believed in.”

You can follow her path on LinkedIn

Marilyn blogs at Transforming Gaza

 

 

 

Richard Bentley

Richard is a Karori-based company director and management consultant. His career includes significant management roles in Fletcher Challenge, and he was CEO of the Natural Gas Corporation for 12 years.

He has held governance roles in many public, private, government  and not for profit organisations. These include chairing the Karori Sanctuary Trust through its development phase, and chairing the Carter Observatory Trust since 2003.

He has been involved in numerous innovative developments, and believes that New Zealanders need new ways to express their creativity and innovativeness, such as SubUrban.  Richard is a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

The Business Development Group

Our Business Development Group is made up from co-workers and our volunteer Art Space Curator. The Development Group works towards meeting our operational goals to build the sustainability of SubUrban locally.

Iona Elwood-Smith

Iona has extensive experience working with small to medium businesses and a passion for helping new businesses evolve and grow. She works at Sub Urban as a business mentor and runs practical business workshops.
Believing that small local businesses are generally under resourced Iona was keen to be involved in Sub Urban from the start.  Joining the Business Development Group means she can contribute in a useful and practical way.

Sophie Giddens

Sophie is a museum curator who is currently raising a young family.  She has a passion for art, and is enjoying supporting local emerging artists by developing exhibitions for Sub Urban Art Space.

She is inspired by the potential of Sub Urban as a social enterprise and was keen to be involved in the Development Group to gain more experience and knowledge in this area, and to become further involved with this community focused organisation.

Jo McKenzie

Jo lives in Crofton Downs and has worked in management accounting, project management in engineering, business and accounting.
She is currently enjoying volunteering for various groups including at the local school, sporting and contributing to the local tracks & predator free project. Jo works partime providing financial advice to SubUrban.

Jocelyn Lizama

Jocelyn is originally from Chile and has been in NZ since 2011. Jocelyn lives in Ngaio, is a Graphic Designer and started to work as an intern at SubUrban April 2017. She is now working part time at SubUrban as Commuity Manager.
Jocelyn loves doing design, creating new ideas and meeting people. She also enjoys doing Hot Yoga,  and sharing her culture with local people.

Our Business Development Group is made up from co-workers and our volunteer Art Space Curator. The Development Group works towards meeting our operational goals to build the sustainability of SubUrban locally.

Iona Elwood-Smith

Iona has extensive experience working with small to medium businesses and a passion for helping new businesses evolve and grow. She works at Sub Urban as a business mentor and runs practical business workshops.
Believing that small local businesses are generally under resourced Iona was keen to be involved in Sub Urban from the start.  Joining the Business Development Group means she can contribute in a useful and practical way.

Jo McKenzie

Jo lives in Crofton Downs and has worked in management accounting, project management in engineering, business and accounting.
She is currently enjoying volunteering for various groups including at the local school, sporting and contributing to the local tracks & predator free project. Jo works partime providing financial advice to SubUrban.

Jocelyn Lizama

Jocelyn is originally from Chile and has been in NZ since 2011. Jocelyn lives in Ngaio, is a Graphic Designer and started to work as an intern at SubUrban April 2017. She is now working part time at SubUrban as Commuity Manager.
Jocelyn loves doing design, creating new ideas and meeting people. She also enjoys doing Hot Yoga,  and sharing her culture with local people.

Brett Kraiger

Brett has a wide range of experience in online business and marketing, and is currently running multiple companies retailing products into North America and Europe.
Although a location-independent entrepreneur, he understands the importance of having social interaction during your work week, hence the reason he chose to become a part of SubUrban co-working. Brett has joined the Business Development Team to help SubUrban refine its message and to help more home-based or location-independent business people understand the benefits of sharing a co-working space.

The Founding Team

Kathleen Wright

Kathleen lives in Ngaio and has a business degree in commercial property management and post grad qualifications in mediation, management in the not for profit sector and urban renewal. She has 25 years experience in contract and project management specialising in urban regeneration, enterprise and learning.

Kathleen gets a buzz out of enriching peoples lives through providing opportunities for connection and community contribution.

Kathleen works full time at SubUrban as CEO.

Reed Wade

Reed has over 20 years of experience in the business and mechanics of software development. Originally from the US, he settled in Wellington in 2007. Since arriving he has worked at Catalyst IT and Weta Digital.

He is a strong proponent of open source technology development and sees it as a gateway for growing local skills and creating new, sustainable, opportunities. Reed co-works at SubUrban in his new remote role with Artella.

Charmaine Meyers

Charmaine is a co-founder of Enspiral Accounting and a Director of Enspiral Space. She has a passion for Accounting, Local Food and helping social enterprises achieve their best.

Charmaine is a qualified Chartered accountant with experience in CA firms as well as the public sector.

Charmaine continues to take an ongoing interest and involvement in the development of SubUrban.

Diana Dallas

People/place dynamics, and led on to  city planning roles in Perth. Returning to NZ, Diana completed apost-graduate Diploma in Social Science Research. Most of her work as a social researcher and evaluator has been in the public and community sector.Diana has also worked in the areas of elder abuse, neglect prevention, and strength-based support for older people living independently.

Diana continues to takes an ongoing interest in the development of SubUrban.

Bice Awan

Bice Awan has always had an interest in community issues both in the UK, Canada and over the last 21 years in New Zealand.  All her activities had a social enterprise side and this aspect of “doing good and doing well’ inspires her.  For the past 17 years she was the CE of Skylight. Her voluntary Board memberships are Deputy Chair of the Wellington SPCA, Board Member of NZORD and the Perinatal Mental Health New Zealand Trust.

Bice continues to takes an ongoing interest in the development of SubUrban.

Kathleen Wright

Kathleen lives in Ngaio and has a business degree in commercial property management and post grad qualifications in mediation, management in the not for profit sector and urban renewal. She has 25 years experience in contract and project management specialising in urban regeneration, enterprise and learning.

Kathleen gets a buzz out of enriching peoples lives through providing opportunities for connection and community contribution.

Kathleen works full time at SubUrban as CEO.

Reed Wade

Reed has over 20 years of experience in the business and mechanics of software development. Originally from the US, he settled in Wellington in 2007. Since arriving he has worked at Catalyst IT and Weta Digital.

He is a strong proponent of open source technology development and sees it as a gateway for growing local skills and creating new, sustainable, opportunities. Reed co-works at SubUrban in his new remote role with Artella.

Charmaine Meyers

Charmaine is a co-founder of Enspiral Accounting and a Director of Enspiral Space. She has a passion for Accounting, Local Food and helping social enterprises achieve their best.

Charmaine is a qualified Chartered accountant with experience in CA firms as well as the public sector.

Charmaine continues to take an ongoing interest and involvement in the development of SubUrban.

Diana Dallas

People/place dynamics, and led on to  city planning roles in Perth. Returning to NZ, Diana completed apost-graduate Diploma in Social Science Research. Most of her work as a social researcher and evaluator has been in the public and community sector.Diana has also worked in the areas of elder abuse, neglect prevention, and strength-based support for older people living independently.

Diana continues to takes an ongoing interest in the development of SubUrban.

Bice Awan

Bice Awan has always had an interest in community issues both in the UK, Canada and over the last 21 years in New Zealand.  All her activities had a social enterprise side and this aspect of “doing good and doing well’ inspires her.  For the past 17 years she was the CE of Skylight. Her voluntary Board memberships are Deputy Chair of the Wellington SPCA, Board Member of NZORD and the Perinatal Mental Health New Zealand Trust.

Bice continues to takes an ongoing interest in the development of SubUrban.

WHERE ARE WE

Level 1, 2 Johnsonville Road,

Johnsonville, Wellington 603

CONTACT SUBURBAN

027 349-0730
contact@suburban.org.nz

WHERE ARE WE

 Level 1, 2 Johnsonville Road

Johnsonville, Wellington 6037

STAY CONECTED

CONTACT SUBURBAN

 

027 349-0730
contact@suburban.org.nz