Vision Manawatu has a dedicated and hard working team of professionals.
By choosing to work with the Vision Manawatu team you will gain the services of professional, experienced and trained staff. The team offers everything from business advice, services to the community and people development.
Alan Cockrell - Chief Executive Officer
As a strong supporter of the Manawatu region, Alan is working with staff and stakeholders to expand business in the area.
Alan has a University Degree in Accountancy as well as extensive networks and experience from leading and managing national companies in transport related and roading construction industries. Key areas of experience include strategic positioning and organisational change, as well as operational and administrative management to board of director level.
Alan subscribes to the statement that Palmerston North and Manawatu has a great central hub location and is a great place to raise a family.
Jacqui Middleton - Operations Manager
Operations Manager Jacqui Middleton was born and bred in Palmerston North so is committed to the success of the region.
Jacqui has a NZ Diploma in Business, a Diploma in Human Resources, NZIM Diploma in Management, and over 20 years experience in operations, finance, office management and administration specialising in systems and process management.
With two grown children, Jacqui loves that in Palmy you can have both a successful career and bring up a family in a great environment.
Mark Hargreaves - Regional Business Manager
Regional Business Manager Mark Hargreaves has a background in supporting and working with business through his previous roles in banking and export/ trade development.
Mark leads the Business Development Team enjoys the opportunity of introducing new ideas and options to businesses that seek to grow and develop. " Adding value can be as simple as sharing a past experience or introducing a business to a new partner or supplier- sometimes its the little things that make a big difference" .
Palmerston North and the Manawatu has a huge amount to offer and provides an enviable lifestyle- something that newly arrived citizens quite rightly remind us of frequently.
Judy Bennett-Smith - International Education Development Manager
As the International Education Development Manager, Judy Bennett-Smith brings a wealth of international business and market development experience to the role.
Judy’s career spans the public and private sectors with a focus on export education. She has worked in business development and project management roles for government agencies, a polytechnic, and private sector research organisations in New Zealand, Australia and Asia.
Moving to Palmerston North from Wellington, Judy is looking forward to discovering the hidden gems of the Manawatu and driving the regional growth strategy for international education.
Peter Ellingham - Regional Business Advisor - Research & Development
As the Research and Development Regional Business Advisor, Peter brings a diverse range of commercial, business and technical skills from his past work experiences.
Peter has worked within general management of healthcare & science technology companies, commercial real estate, sales and marketing roles with international biotechnology companies, experience in quality assurance and quality control, laboratory management, and agricultural and horticultural research. The breadth of knowledge that Peter brings to Vision Manawatu is vast, and will be extremely valuable to all that he works with.
Born and bred in rural Manawatu, Peter has a genuine desire to help businesses and enterprises grow and prosper in our region.
Chris Barker - Regional Business Advisor
Chris Barker is a member of the Business Development team as one of our Regional Business Advisors.
With over 25 years experience locally, nationally and internationally, Chris has been supporting and working with a range of organisations through his previous roles in governance, small business ownership, business consulting, marketing, and financial services.
Chris relishes the opportunity to further help strengthen local businesses.
Karen Blair - Regional Business Advisor
Karen Blair is a Regional Business Advisor and the local coordinator for Business Mentors New Zealand.
After 21 years in Banking with the past 10 in Business Banking it was time for change. Karen has now been here at Vision Manawatu for over 2 years, and is an extremely valued member of the team.
Karen's passion is living the "Good Life" in the country on the outskirts of Palmerston North and believes the epitome of living in our area is our proximity to either the city or country life, the best of both worlds right here on our door step.
Amy Jacobs - Business Support Coordinator
Business Support Coordinator Amy Jacobs joined Vision Manawatu in April 2014, having just moved to Palmerston North.
Amy has vast experience within different Administration and Customer Service based roles. After living in Wellington her whole life, she made the big move to Manawatu in early 2014 and is enjoying the peaceful lifestyle and friendly people it has to offer.
Amy also has a strong passion for Photography and Design. She prides herself in having a fresh and creative way of thinking which she incorporates into her role.
Julia Giles - Project Assistant (Temporary)
Julia is the newest addition to the Vision Manawatu team, working mostly on the Sort It Expo and the Westpac Manawatu Business Awards.
With over 15 years experience working in administration and customer service, Julia is a great addition to the team, albeit it temporary. She has worked in both the public and private sector, and across a variety of industries which will be a valuable asset to her in this role.
Having spent over 30 years living and working in the Manawatu, Julia believes this is a great place to raise a family and has so much to offer.
Cara French - Office Administrator
Cara French has the distinction of being Vision's longest serving employee, with over 16 years service as our Office Administrator.
Vision staff value Cara's efficieny and helpful nature, ability to know the history of the organisation, what worked and what didn't, and where, for goodness sake, everything is.
Cara reckons working at Vision is great fun, and what better recommendation for staying so loyal.