The ACENZ Staff consists of four full time personnel working from the office in Wellington. ACENZ shares office space with IPWEA, the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australiasia currently at Level 8, 276 Lambton Quay, Wellington (temporarily until Q2/2019). We at ACENZ wear many hats, and the below outlines only a portion of our core responsibilities. If you ever have a question, just reach out and we can connect you with the right person.
Kieran Shaw - CEO
Kieran was appointed as CEO of ACENZ, 1 June, 2006. His educational background is in business and economics (London) that was followed by executive roles in financial control and project management for major international oil & gas projects in Europe, USA, Africa and Asia.
Kieran was brought to New Zealand in 1984 by the Petroleum Corporation NZ to head up their new Project Services Division and co-ordinate development of the Taranaki onshore oil & gas fields. After undertaking a similar role for ECNZ Kieran joined Queenstown Lakes District Council as deputy CEO, followed by seven years as CEO of Carterton (Wairarapa) District Council.
Kieran was a successful musician in seventies UK and continues to write and perform music. He and his wife Susie have four children, and they live at their iconic “French Village” corporate retreat complex in the Wairarapa.
Holly Morchat - General Manager
Head of Events / Conferences, Sponsorship, and Marketing; Operations Extraordinaire and creative strategy queen.
Holly has previously worked for ACENZ from 2012 to 2015 as first the Executive Officer and then as Corporate Services and Communications Manager. After a brief time living in Bahrain (the Middle East), she couldn't resist the opportunity to return to beautiful New Zealand and assist ACENZ as a short term Project Manager to handle running of the ASPAC Conference. Now Holly has moved into the General Manager role, a 2IC role, overseeing ACENZ operations and heading up the Events, Sponsorship, and Marketing programmes among everything else operational.
Holly graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences as well as a Graduate Diploma of Commerce in Management from Victoria University of Wellington. She has 10+ years of experience in the meetings and tourism industries with a sales, marketing and strategic relationship focus and most recently has been elected to the Board of AuSAE (Australasian Society for Association Executives).
Catherine Chong - Research Project Manager
Finance guru, Survey and research wizard, and corporate services ninja.
Catherine was appointed as part-time Research Executive in October 2014 before going full time with ACENZ as the Corporate Services Manager in 2015. Her education background is in Science majoring in Physics (National University of Singapore).
Leaving her beautiful hometown Penang in Malaysia, she lived in Singapore for almost 10 years before deciding to explore non-Asia countries and landed in New Zealand as a holiday worker in 2009. Before coming to New Zealand, she was the Business Analyst of a leading cosmetics retailing group in Asia. She lived in Napier and Auckland before making Wellington her permanent home.
Katie Bartlett - Membership Engagement Manager
Head of Membership, Regional Chair liaison, and dominator of engagement activities.
Katie joined ACENZ as a Membership and Events Manager in May 2015 and was promoted to Membership Engagement Manager in late 2018. Katie’s educational background is a post graduate diploma in financial economics and a bachelor of business studies majoring in marketing from Massey University.
Katie’s marketing experience includes sponsorship and event work within the health and fitness industry, coordination of music events in London, and marketing communication work within the insurance industry.
Katie enjoys getting out and about and being social and is a regular attendee at sporting events, concerts and festivals. In her spare time she is an adamant gymer, hardcore foodie (that’s where the gyming comes in handy), and loves traveling!
Kayle Baker - Support Services Manager
All around administrative Queen, brainstormer, digital diva, and events admin supporter.
Kayle joined ACENZ as Support Services Manager in September 2018 and helps out through admin support and with other key duties. Kayle assists Holly with the admin of all things events/awards/conference related. She is also our reigning queen of digital content, helping support the website, design, and other communications/marketing initiatives. Kayle’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Massey University, Certificate in Small Business Management and is currently studying towards a Bachelor in Commerce as well.
Kayle comes with a wealth of experience in the digital/print/design sector with strong skills in sales, marketing and administrative management.
Kayle enjoys staying inside and jigsaw puzzling, though is on the last 2,000 pieces of her 32,000 piece - yes, 32,000 piece jigsaw! She will be looking for a new hobby soon. Perhaps indoor climbing, indoor swimming, or indoor-indooring.
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