Claire Kavanagh - Membership & Engagement

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Joined the board: May 2020ClaireKav

Role: Membership & Engagement Director

Length of time with the network: 3 years

Claire’s career has been defined by her passion to get involved and relish the new. Encouraging businesses to switch from dialup to broadband for Telecom New Zealand was her first big project in marketing nearly 20 years ago. This gave Claire a taste for the transformative power of cutting edge technology – in a geek chic way – and a passion for exploring the art of the possible with projects and people. She’s focused on future-facing opportunities ever since.

Her career naturally lead her to London where she has enjoyed launching start-ups like giffgaff – the 100% online mobile company – and the socially-minded mobile company TPO in the UK and US with Wikipedia’s co-founder Jimmy Wales.

With her own business as a customer experience consultant, her role is often to help her clients reinvent the journey their customers go on with a brand. She’s helped Spurs launch a new football stadium, and Newsflare understand their members who’s user generated content reaches millions.

Claire’s latest project pulls together all her learnings to help support women who're considering setting up a service business themselves through providing practical advice and support via an online course.

Claire’s had her fair share of helpful and supportive contacts along the way. As the network’s Membership Development Director she’s looking forward to giving back all she can to our community.

A Londoner for 15 years, though Claire’s rarely in the country for long. Her well-worn passport shows that while you can take the girl out of Wellington, like all of our members you’ll never take the Kiwi out of her.


Bronwyn Huband - PR & External Communications

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Joined the board: May 2020BronwynHuband

Role: PR & External Communications Director 

Length of time with the network: 2 years

Bronwyn is a seasoned Corporate Communications professional, having worked across internal and external communications. 

While her expertise is swayed towards internal communications as a strategic advisor and coach to leaders, including CEOs and executive, most recently she has specialised in Digital Corporate Communications.  Her roles have invovled proactive storytelling and thought leadership, as well as website and social media management.

Working across FTSE 100 companies and professional services she has designed and delivered communications strategies for businesses that engage and motivate, helping explain to colleagues, the press and other stakeholders the value and importance of the work they do.  

Bronwyn is a passionate advocate of our network’s mission to connect other women, having profiled members for our website and monthly newsletter, as well as overseeing our social media. Her ambition is to help build our network to be truly connected across the globe. Her focus will be on managing relationships with our sponsors, and making sure we share our story and mission not only with our members, but as widely as possible. 

Bronwyn’s personal mission is to engage and inspire other women to be strong and succeed through team work, respect and kindness.

Brought up in Dunedin, Bronwyn studied journalism and worked as a regional newspaper reporter before moving to the UK in 2006.  She is a keen runner and hiker, having completed two London marathons and most recently hiked Mt Kilimanjaro. Bronwyn is married with one young daughter and is currently Senior Digital Communications Manager at Centrica. 


Bronwen Horton - Chair & Founder

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Role: Chair & Founder

Length of time with the Network: 11 years

For over a decade Bronwen has been the friendly, reassuring face thousands of relieved kiwi women have seen when they’ve walked into their first NZBWN meeting.  

Dedicated and generous, with an energy that we suspect is powered by Pineapple Lumps, Bronwen has proudly watched the network grow from 50 to 2,000 members.

Bronwen is passionate about helping women develop and grow, clocking up 10,000 voluntary hours in the process. For her the network has always had a social purpose and her vision continues to enrich the careers and lives of thousands of kiwi women by bringing them together to learn, connect and be inspired. The 2013 UK New Zealander of the Year and one of only 100 women in the world honoured in Washington for her work on the economic power of women has been described by the media as a ‘thought leader’ and radical change agent.’

Both in London and the UK she is committed to supporting her community. One of those many occasions was helping to raise over £2 million for her hometown of Christchurch following the devastating 2011 earthquake.

Her background includes expertise in wealth management, business change project management, financial advisory, tax and private banking. She is a consummate networker and relationship manager, who has led and developed cross-border teams, global projects and business growth

Brought up in Christchurch, Bronwen studied law and commerce at the University of Canterbury before moving to the UK in 2007. She is married to fellow Kiwi Mike, and is currently a Financial Planner at Killik & Co., Investment House in Mayfair, London. 


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