Our Team

Incredible things happen when you bring together people who are excited by where innovation can lead our country. We're a small team with a strong purpose; we believe in connecting Kiwi businesses. And we love what we do.

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Louise Webster

Founder & CEO
Chief Connector

Louise is the Co-Founder and CEO of the New Zealand Innovation Council and Owner and Convenor of the NZ Innovators Awards. She is one of New Zealand’s leading innovation and commercialisation specialists and has over 16 years’ experience developing innovation programmes and managing innovation, new product development and marketing teams.

Louise is the woman with a vision: to see NZ businesses connected, thriving and supported by the best innovation ecosystem in the world. And she’s making it happen.

Andy Blackburn

Champion of Innovation

Andy joined the New Zealand Innovation Council as a Director in 2013. His key passion is helping business leaders and teams to implement new ideas to solve problems and create value. Andy has led the charge on innovation processes and ideas within large companies like Carter Holt Harvey, Contact Energy and Vector Networks. He is also a passionate speaker on innovation and raises the energy in any room as an innovation and design thinking coach.

Andy champions innovation and the people behind it at every turn. He celebrates innovative Kiwis and their ideas like it’s his job.

Jane Tohill

Marketing and Events Manager

Jane is a senior marketing and events manager who has over 8 years of industry experience. She has a passion for all events – big and small – and thrives on bringing ideas and people together to create brilliant experiences. Jane leads the NZ Innovation Council events and takes care of the creative, experiential, and logistical elements to make sure you can focus on having a great time. And when she's not busy wowing crowds with events, she keeps the Council looking and sounding great as our marketing lead. Jane keeps us pushing the envelope in innovative event ideas and unique ways to tell you all about who we are.

Jane is our party-starter. She creates the perfect events for you to connect with other innovators and celebrate how great you all are.

Fiona Millar

Innovation Community Manager
Community Wing-woman

Fiona engages and supports the community at the core of our mission. She is passionate about connecting people, ideas and innovative organisations, and there’s no better place to bring these pieces together than NZ Innovation Council. Fiona has over 6 years’ experience working with community projects, non-profits and social enterprises across a variety of industries, and has a special interest in seeing how businesses can contribute to a better NZ for all.

Think of Fiona as your community wing-woman, here to find ways for you to match with someone or something that can help you on your growth journey.

Mark van Wijk

Online Customer Experience Manager
Digital Magician

Mark leads the development and maintenance of our customer and innovation community serving websites, mobile Apps and data systems. He keeps the New Zealand Innovation Awards website and entry system running smoothly and is looking to constantly improve our community members’ online experiences.

Mark looks after our corner of the Internet. He knows which shiny web things you want to look at – and makes them - before you even know it yourself.

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