Our Stories: Rebekah Heineke

Written by NZBWN.

Becks profile

Like many of us Rebekah Heineke didn’t plan on moving to London.

Five years on she’s still here and a few career moves later she’s set up her own business to build a community focused on fun, fitness and body positivity.

Like many of our network members she has an infectious energy and that real can-do positive attitude that so many Kiwis have.

Growing up in Auckland she dreamt of being a teacher and she naturally flowed into nannying, first in New Zealand, and took her experience to Monaco in the South of France.

London was the last place she imagined moving – all she’d heard was it was grey, rained a lot and was overpopulated. She says: “It was only when I moved to France that I visited a friend in London and fell head over heels in love with the city! It wasn't like any place I'd ever been to before.”

Applications Open for September

Written by NZBWN Mentor Programme Team.

The NZBWN mentoring programme enables network members to get started on their own individual journeys to overcome challenges, seize opportunities, and realise their aspirations. 

*** Applications close 12pm (midday) 18 August 2019 ***

Programme One

Growing your Career - Against the odds - Applications Open

We are thrilled to offer you this opportunity to participate in our upcoming mentoring group: "Growing your career - against the odds", starting on the 9th of September 2019.

We all experience bumps in the road during our career and sometimes despite our best efforts it feels like we aren’t getting anywhere. With life pulling us in all directions sometimes it feels like we have to make a choice between home and work.

Over 6 sessions you will work with your mentor and 5 other women to help you get clarity on your career and find the little steps that will get it moving in the right direction. By supporting the other women in your group you will get the support you need to navigate the difficult complexities of work and life, and to find the mix that will benefit you inside and outside work.

  • Dates: Fortnightly sessions starting 9th September 2019 
  • Group times:  6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Location: Ozone Cafe, Old Street, EC2A 4AQ
  • Tickets: £150 for the 12 week programme

Your mentor: Jude Sclater

Jude Sclater is a performance coach who helps organisations and individuals do business better. She finds it inspiring working with people to help them become clearer about their vision and she gets a real kick out of seeing people achieve more than they ever imagined possible.

Her own career journey has taught her that anything is possible. She went from studying psychology and information systems at Victoria University, to teaching English in Brazil, to being an auditor and project manager before heading back to university to do a Masters in Organisational Behaviour at Birkbeck. After 8 years as team and leadership development specialist at Deloitte she now runs her own consultancy, Think with Jude. 


Programme Two 

"Mind the Gap"Applications Open

Finding your purpose and navigating your way back into the work force.

This programme’s theme will straddle two concepts of re-entering the work force after a career break, as well as explore what it is you really want to be doing.

Claire will be covering what gets in the way of us doing what it is we  really want, as well as where fear really comes from and how we can be our best selves consistently, in spite of those feelings. 

  • Dates: Mainly Fortnightly sessions starting 3rd September 2019 (please see application link for complete list of dates)
  • Group times:  6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Location: NZ House, Haymarket, SW1Y 4TQ
  • Tickets: £150 for the 12 week programme

Your mentor: Claire Sewell

With over 15 years in the corporate world in sales and business  development, Claire has spent 10 years leading and coaching sales  teams.  With a lifelong interest in human potential and its variances, Claire has spent the last five years studying thought intelligence and its impact on performance and our ability to operate at our best, more consistently. 

Claire has an ability to connect on a deep level with people, understand their fears, challenges and concerns and point them in a more powerful and constructive direction to uncover their limitless potential.  Passionate about supporting others to create results, Claire’s clients gain insights leading to genuine transformation in the areas of career development, peak performance, creativity, leadership and understanding who they truly are and what they’re capable of.


Programme Three

Start Up & Scale Up - Applications Open

We are thrilled to offer you this unique opportunity to participate in our upcoming Start Up & Scale Up mentoring group, starting on Wednesday 11th September 2019.

This mentoring programme is for you if you have started your own business or are already running a business and are looking to grow and scale. Topics can be tailored to cover the needs of the group and can include the journey of developing a business and learning the essential influences and skills for taking your business to the next level.

  • Dates: Fortnightly sessions starting Wednesday, 11th September 2019 (please see application link for complete list of dates)
  • Group times:  6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Location: Piccadilly Circus
  • Tickets: £150 for the 12 week programme

Your mentor: Joanna Alpe

Joanna had a misspent youth photographing the biggest acts of the 00s like Bjork, Rage Against the Machine, Dizzie Rascal, Kasbian, Arcade Fire and many more.  A few companies later, she led the founding of Makelight - an innovative mobile special effects & audience insight platform that turns people into pixels in 2012.

Under her leadership, Makelight was named in the Startup's 100 list in 2014 and Joanna was personally named as one of the Top UK Digital Innovators for her achievements founding Makelight.  She led the company to win multiple Event Technology Awards including winning a place for Makelight in Telefonica's prestigious Wayra UK academy in 2012.  She has raised investment in the UK and in Silicon Valley and lead the commercial advancements of the company, exporting Makelight Mobile Special Effects to the USA and beyond.  She was also a member of the Tech Crunch Disrupt winning hackathon team in 2015 and 2016.  She was awarded an exceptional talent in digital innovation endorsement from Tech Nation.

Joanna now works as a startup mentor, strategic advisor and consultant to technology driven projects, while also speaking internationally and guest lecturing on entrepreneurship and creative technology.

A Decade of Connecting – Happy Birthday NZBWN

Written by NZBWN.

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One woman’s vision to connect career-minded women in the middle of the financial crisis has resulted in thousands of women connecting, supporting and building each over the past decade.

The roaring buzz #WeSpeakKiwi chatter of 200 Kiwi women coming from the atrium of Clifford Chance was testament to Bronwen Horton’s vision at the 10th birthday celebrations last week. They were just a few of the thousands of women who have used the network to connect on a professional and personal level, providing everything from mentoring to networking, to lifelong relationships.

MC for the night Emma Keeling, who many of us will remember as TVNZ’s Europe correspondent, paid tribute to the 10,000 plus hours Bronwen has given to the network.

“Bronwen, this is all made possible thanks to your vision and drive. We thank you for having this dream and allowing us to be a part of it.”

Relationships to the Power of X was fittingly the theme for the night, with some of the best speakers from over the years inspiring the crowd with their stories of building businesses and their brands. We’ll be bringing you their inspirational stories over the coming months through the newsletter. In the meantime here’s a taster of their key messages and top tips.

Speaking from New Zealand Maggie Eyre, who has had an amazing career, including as Helen Clark’s media advisor, shared her story about the connections and how one connection changed her whole career – just by sharing her story. She also plugged her new book, ‘Being you. How to build your Personal Brand and Confidence.’

Getting to know our NZ networks – Kiwi Kids Abroad

Written by NZBWN Events Team.

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Living abroad provides access to a wider understanding of the world, but knowing your heritage and culture is just as important, especially for those of us that have children while living away from New Zealand.

That’s why Kiwi Kids Abroad was set up in by Kent Gardner and his wife Gaye, whose children Freddie, Harry and Will were born in London.

They are well known to many of our members from their time in London and many will remember Kent is past winner of UK New Zealander of the Year.

 The family moved back to New Zealand 18 months ago, but are committed to growing Kiwi Kids Abroad and return regularly to stay connected to their London roots.

For Kent and Gaye, stepping back into the New Zealand way of life was easier, as they had prepared their children by making sure they had a solid connection while they

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