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. 

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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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Leah Rodrigues - Operations Manager & Company Secretary

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Joined the board: May 2020Leah bio pic 2

Role: Operations Manager & Company Secretary 

Length of time with the Network: 6 years 

Leah's background reflects her passion for female personal development, empowerment, and entrepreneurialism. 

With broad-ranging experience in operational and entrepreneurial roles, Leah spent four years running her own business in which she designed and successfully implemented a sustainable female employment and personal development framework for her production facility in Cambodia.

Her experience spans from delivering community-level economic empowerment projects in the developing world, to administrative positions in international corporate settings.

Leah organised NZBWN's "Game Changers 125" event in September 2018, celebrating 125 years since women's suffrage in New Zealand, and has worked as Operations Manager for the network since then. Working closely with our founder Bronwen, she has helped the network register as a social enterprise and the subsequent development of our board. 

For her, the network serves a powerful social purpose in bringing together thousands of Kiwi women to learn, connect and be inspired - and enrich their careers and lives in the process.

Originally from Rangiora, North Canterbury, Leah has lived in the UK since 2004, having previously spent two years in Denmark.  She is married with two young children. Any spare time she can find is spent competing in open water swimming (having completed the Henley Mile, the Bewl Open Water Swim, and Swim Serpentine) and cycling (having cycled 500km around southern Cuba in 2014).

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