How does a kiwi-gal evolve from contemporary dancer into advocate for the UK manufacturing industry? This is how. Dance degree in hand in 2003, Rachael ventured across the seas to pirouette her way through Europe. What she didn’t envisage was that, after time travelling and exploring, a number of other opportunities would come her way that would lead her to a surprising and very rewarding career in business….and eventually back in NZ. With a stint working at WHK Auckland supporting the development of SME capability through the logistical delivery and promotion of NZTE funded Exporter Education and Enterprise Training Programmes and, working on the development of the Export Readiness Programme for Producers of Dance & Theatre with Creative New Zealand, she is now back in the UK helping change perceptions that things are no longer made here.
At the age of 15, Courtney Linnecar decided to escape her home on a farm in the Manawatu. She says “To this day, I don’t know how on earth I got my parents to agree, but I was accepted on an exchange programme and went and lived in Berlin for a year”.
Now aged 30, Courtney has since studied European languages and business tourism at the University of Otago, lived in Madrid and Seville as an English teacher, worked with tigers in India, and helped run an eco-tourism project in Sierra Leone. She laughs and says “My twin brother will tell you, I’m always in a rush”.
Her mission now is bringing social media skills to businesses that do good and make money at the same time: the social enterprise sector as it’s known in the UK. Next year she wants to
Elizabeth Sullivan has a unique job. She is a love mentor and uses a combination of therapies to help people find love.
Elizabeth first moved to the UK in 1999. Prior to that, she studied accounting at university and qualified as a chartered accountant. This kept her in a great living for years but more and more she was becoming interested in how the human mind works so started doing part time courses in coaching, hypnotherapy and neuro linguistic programming. She eventually became a life coach and clinical hypnotherapist (and still lectures hypnotherapy at the London College of Clinical Hypnosis) and now does what she loves: helping people feel happy within themselves so they can (if they wish to) find the right partner to grow old with.