The Networkers Advisory Board
The purpose of our Advisory Board is to keep The Networkers true to our values and purpose; to advise on direction; expansion and new initiatives.
We are both privileged and honoured to have a group of outstanding, dedicated Members on our Advisory Board. They are all successful business owners, keen Networkers and have a strong sense of community.
Their diversity; expertise; entrepreneurial ideas and advice, which continues to assist The Networkers to be flexible, adaptable and sustainable within New Zealand’s business community.
- Arzoo Syeddah
Dr Arzoo Syeddah facilitates the Wellington 7.30am group, and brings her bubbly and vivacious energy to get the members up and running for the day ahead.
Arzoo believes the core of networking is relationships and aims to provide a safe space for everyone to connect and grow. She believes everyone has their unique superpower and loves helping others to discover theirs and embracing it'.
Arzoo holds a professional Doctorate in Business Administration from Plymouth University in the UK. Her focus is on sustainable business practices and entrepreneurship styles within SMEs and the Start-up sector. As a storyteller and facilitator, she sheds light on the narrative of small businesses in their local ecosystems from a business ethics and leadership perspective.
- Brent Selwyn
Brent is a self-employed solicitor with 30 years’ experience in all aspects of private client law including the areas of property and commercial law, asset protection and estate planning.
He has sat on three not-for-profit boards in the past and is presently on the board of his daughter’s school, as well as the board of two other national organisations, one a not for profit, and the other being Law Alliance New Zealand.
He enjoys a healthy work life balance that sees him able to spend time with his family. He enjoys travel and most things sporting, including being a keen cyclist.
- Lee Retimana
With 25 plus years in sales and marketing across a diverse range of industries including IT, manufacturing, health and business services, Lee helps businesses grow through the science of marketing.
Lee’s qualifications include a BCA and a MBA (Distinction). She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK) and sits on the Advisory Boards for both the Massey University College of Business and the Ara Institute of Canterbury School of Business.
Lee originally thought she’d be an accountant but after being totally bored studying accounting and economics at university, she thankfully discovered marketing and the rest is history.
“What I do is combine the science of marketing and brand strategy with fresh thinking and really get under the ‘skin of a business’ to find ways that will turbocharge their marketing. It’s about being enquiring, asking lots of questions, and challenging the status quo. If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you can’t expect to get different results.”
Lee Retimana - Chief Marketer and Brand Strategist - Muritai Group
- Maria Gold
Maria comes from a background of Nursing, Midwifery and Body Therapies. She has a passion for empowering people to be the best possible version of themselves in every aspect of their lives.
She has created and built two businesses around core values of caring for, empowerment and supporting people in their health, wellness and business journey.
She believes that everyone needs a community to identify with; that collaboration, business synergies and working “for the good of all” always benefit businesses; their owners and local community.
She is the creative force behind The Networkers and services as it's current Director.
- Murray Carter
Murray currently facilitates two groups; Sydenham and Papanui. He has been with The Networkers since its inception.
He has had formal training in governance and not-for-profit board experience plus has spent many years in recruitment.
Outside of The Networkers he is a Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist specialising in working with sales and business people.
Murray has a natural ability to create space allowing people to relax, talk and come to their own conclusions both in their personal and business lives.