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 on the eleventh floor at 79 Boulcott Street. 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.


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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.


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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 contracted personnel. Now Holly has moved into the General Manager role, a 2IC role, overseeing ACENZ operations and heading up the Events, Sponsorship, and Marketing programmes. 

When not working, she enjoys running (in order to eat and drink her way through Wellington) and staying busy with the many exciting things to do in Wellington and New Zealand.

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.


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Catherine Chong - Corporate Services 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. 

She spends her free time sinking her teeth into novels by her favourite authors Haruki Murakami and Belinda Alexandra to name a few, as well as watching her favourite sitcom Miranda, and Jack Black movies.


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Katie Bartlett - Membership and Events Manager

Head of Membership, travel logistics champ, Regional Chair liaison, and dominator of events admin.

Katie joined ACENZ as a Membership and Events Manager in May 2015. 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!