Roimata Claasen - Legal

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Joined the board: May 2020Roimata photo

Role: Legal Director

Length of time with the network: 2 years 

Roimata (Ngāti Porou – Ngai Tāne, Te Whānau-a-Hinepare) is an experienced legal advisor and business partner.  She is motivated by a desire to fill up her basket of knowledge and experience and to contribute to the development and wellbeing of her iwi and hapū.  

Roimata started out as a corporate / commercial lawyer at a top tier law firm in New Zealand, where she worked with iwi and Māori organisations to create innovative corporate structures and robust governance processes.  

Roimata now works for the largest food and beverage company in the world, working closely with executives and senior management in the UK and Ireland to appropriately assess legal and reputational risk to inform strategic and tactical decision making.

In 2020, Roimata was accepted to the University of Oxford to pursue a Master of Business Administration, where she intends to explore the fields of social impact and responsible business.  She is particularly interested to explore how iwi and Māori organisations can better balance commercial objectives with obligations to iwi members, past, present and future.   

Having completed the network’s leadership mentoring programme, Roimata understands first-hand the value of the network in encouraging and uplifting New Zealand women. She is excited by this opportunity to give back to the network, and in her role as Legal Director is focused on legal and internal compliance, as well as ethical decision, centred on doing the right thing.

Roimata grew up in Rangitukia, on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (with honours) from the University of Auckland, and is a proud graduate of Kohanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa. 

Roimata moved to London in 2017 with her husband. As well as working with our network, she is also Secretary of Ngāti Rānana London Māori Club.  


Pip Casey - Marketing and Branding

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Joined the board: May 2020Pip Casey profile photo 2020

Role: Marketing and Branding Director  

Length of time with the network: 4 years

Pip is the Regional Manager, UK and Europe for Tourism New Zealand. She is an accomplished senior marketing, sales and strategy leader with 15 years global experience across Consumer Goods and Tourism industries, earned from working in UK, Europe, China and SE Asian markets. 

Having worked at Fonterra and Frucor Beverages in New Zealand, Pip has lead brands such as Anchor milk, Tip Top ice-cream and V energy drink. Pip is well versed in the B2B and B2C digital economy, social and programmatic media and performance marketing. 

As a proven change maker, Pip builds high performing teams and builds partnerships with trade and media to drive growth. With extensive brand marketing experience, Pip and her teams have been awarded multiple Gold EFFIEs, MW Masters and Cannes Lions.

Pip is a strong advocate of the NZBWN and its mission to empower women in business. It’s the Kiwi spirit that enables women to connect together, cross-pollinate ideas, and support each other for the benefit of all. On the Board, Pip’s focus will be to help shape the future direction of the network, together with leading the marketing and branding of the network.

Pip has been living in Balham in London for four years, together with her husband Ross and tabby cat Bento. She loves snow skiing, cycling, hiking and pretty much any sport. Growing up in Dunedin, and educated at Otago University, Pip is a proud South Islander. One of her favourite family holiday spots is the Abel Tasman National Park. 


Mariken O’Donnell - Volunteer Engagement

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Joined the board: May 2020Mariken ODonnell

Role: Volunteer Engagement Director

Length of time with the network: 3 years

Mariken is specialist in providing talent acquisition and development solutions, connecting individuals and business in Renewable Energy and Green Technology.  

By facilitating the creation and development of great teams, she supports in generating business success and individual career growth with professionals, working for a greener and more sustainable future.  

Passionate and experienced in building teams and networks that generate both personal and collaborative success, Mariken is working with our volunteers to fulfil their personal ambitions, while together supporting the projects and initiatives of the NZBWN. 

With a background in education, Mariken taught in NZ Primary Schools and on the first Disney Narnia Movie before relocating to London and starting her career in recruitment in 2005. She grew up in Auckland and has lived in Dunedin, Christchurch and Tauranga. 

Mariken is a Director and the Founder of Hummingbird Recruitment and Consulting. She promotes allergy awareness through “Nut Free Adventures,” and is involved in Allergy UK and the Anaphylaxis Campaign.

Her qualifications include a Master of Educational Management, a Degree in Physical Education and Diploma in Teaching. She is also a Chartered Recruitment Consultant. She has completed several endurance events including the Auckland Marathon and Ironman in Taupo.

Mariken loves spending time with her husband and two young boys, friends as well as coffee, travel and fitness. 


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