Our Staff

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

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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. 

 

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Jacqui Middleton - Operations Manager

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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 15 years experience in operations, finance, office management and administration specialising in systems and process management.  

With two children Jacqui loves that in Palmy you can have both a successful career and bring up a family in a great environment.

 

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Mark Hargreaves - Regional Business Manager

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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.

 

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Alta Els - Regional Business Advisor

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Alta is a Regional Business Advisor and having moved to Palmerston North 6 years ago is very happy to be able to call it home.

With a background in Industrial Psychology, Alta spent several years of her working life as a business consultant and lecturer in business. Alta has worked across various sectors and industries covering a wide spectrum of business related topics. She is a creative soul and prefers to be working in an environment where change is the norm.

Alta loves the outdoors and all the lovely parks in Palmy. Walking through the rose gardens at the Espanade when it rains is a personal favourite. Almost no traffic scores highly in her book!

 

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Karen Blair - Regional Business Advisor

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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.  Hence Karen is one of our newest additions here at Vision Manawatu.

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. 

 

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Amy Jacobs - Business Support & Communications Coordinator

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Business Support & Communications Coordinator Amy Jacobs is a new addition to Vision Manawatu, as well as also being a new resident 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 earlier this year 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 is excited to incorporate into her new role.  

 

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Cara French - Office Administrator

Cara French has the distinction of being Vision's longest serving employee (14 years) as the 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.

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