Presentation

Nadine plet - President

Senior Procurement Specialist with healthAlliance, I manage tenders and contracts for the Districts Health Boards in New Zealand. It is a very competitive and complex environment . I initially trained in France as a nurse and came to New Zealand in 1986. Set up a French playgroup, an educational Charity, Frenz School inc which went on to implement a French-English Bilingual Unit in a public school in Auckland. I qualified in Translation and Interpretation and hold a Post Graduate Diploma from the Business School of Auckland University. I am a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite (Knight of the National Order of Merit) and a Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (Legion of Honour, as a Knight). I was elected to the Board in 2011. I was elected President in 2014 and am seeking re-election to progress the changes that the Board has made in the past years. We are building strength with more and more partners and other organisation such as the specific Chamber of Commerce, Trade Organisations in Tahiti and New Caledonia and specific business related events. 

We have accomplished a very successful and busy year and with the new Board I am looking forward to new challenges and be able to move the organisation from strength to strength with more services to our members.

Kirsty Reynolds - Vice President

Having spent five years of my childhood in France while my parents worked for the NZ Embassy and OECD in Paris, the French culture and language has had a lasting influence both personally and professionally. I have considerable export experience across a range of international markets and industries from perishable to manufactured products and have worked not only for large corporates but also started and run my own businesses. This experience places me in a unique position to understand the challenges faced by small to medium sized business owners as well as multinationals. I am passionate about growing New Zealand’s export capability and in particular encouraging trade relations between companies in New Zealand, France and the French Pacific Territories. 

Catherine Sumpter - Vice President

As a French- born New Zealander I am committed to providing assistance to all members on the legal principles of governance to ensure that their best interests are represented and honoured. Through my legal practice, I look after the interests of French clients from France and its territories and I have first-hand experience advising clients on the complexity of doing business in New Zealand and other commercial issues. I have established strong professional networks with legal practitioners from France, New Caledonia and French Polynesia to the potential benefit of our members if they need legal advice there. 

Thibault Beaujot - Board Member

Originally from Toulouse, South of France, self-proclaimed “Rugby Capital of France”, Thibault holds a Master’s in International Business Management.

Thibault started his career in Montreal, Canada spending five years working for Boiron©, French Pharmaceutical Laboratories. He moved to New-Zealand about two years ago to work as Promotion Manager for the FMCG (Fast Moving Customer Goods) company RB©, maker of brands such as Dettol and Nurofen.

As a member of the FNZCCI since 2014, Thibault appreciates the numerous opportunities that the chamber is offering to create personal and professional network, increase market knowledge and drive business as well as cultural relationship between both countries.

As a board member, Thibault is willing to contribute to the development of the FNZCCI through focusing on new members recruitment as well as bring his marketing & communication experience in order to foster closer relationships and increase its members and corporations loyalty.

Au plaisir de vous rencontrer!

François Beziac - Board Member

I live in New Zealand with my family since 2011, initially in Queenstown and then in Auckland from beginning of 2014, and we are permanent residents.

Originally from Marseille and its surroundings , in the south of France, I graduated in 1986 with a diploma of civil engineering and public works in Paris, and the early part of my career was with the Bank of Publics Works and Building in Marseille, being responsible for lending to real estate developers and professionals throughout the south of France. Following this I held varying responsibilities in different real estate companies nationwide.

In New Zealand, I develop some apartments projects in Queenstown, and subdivision projects in Auckland in partnership with a New Zealand  company.

Madeleine Colombié - Board Member

I am fluent in French and English. Having grown up in New Zealand immersed in both cultures, it is important for me to give back to the local French/ New Zealand community. I am currently working at Paneton Bakery where I get to deal with customers in both languages. I wish to contribute to the community by developing events that provide a strong networking platform that fosters French NZ relations. 

Julien De Meo - Treasurer

From a French mother and an Italian father, I grew up in Geneva, at the French-Swiss border until I immigrated to New Zealand in 2001 where I completed my studies in Accounting at the University of Wellington.  As a Chartered Accountant I have 10 years of experience providing tax advice to individuals and New Zealand businesses.  While working for a large international accounting firm I also regularly interact with the New Zealand subsidiaries of French multinational companies.

If I am elected to the Board of the French New Zealand Chamber of Commerce and Industry I hope that my experience dealing companies engaged in French – New Zealand trade will be of assistance.  I also hope to draw on my international network to help members in conducting cross border business, being with France or the French Pacific Territories.  While based in Wellington, I also hope to help the FNZCCI develop its membership in the lower North Island.

Michael Greenslade - Board Member

Based in Auckland with responsibility for the French Territories. He has been a Trade Commissioner in the Pacific since 2004 and has lived in Fiji for several years. Michael is now Trade Commissioner at Pacific Islands Trade & Invest.

Michael sits on a number of Business Council’s including the French New Zealand Chamber of Commerce. He holds a Master’s of Business Administration and joined Government from the private sector having had extensive experience in Export Trade, General Management and Economic Development. 

Philippe Meneut - Board Member

I am the Director and co-founder of New Zealand Services. I partnered with my wife, Ariane to create NZS to help high value French individuals invest, immigrate, study or visit New Zealand. We have assisted many French families and companies settle in New Zealand. Since 2015, I have been accredited by the New Zealand government as "Immigration Adviser". Along with my wife, I provide our clients, seeking to immigrate to New Zealand, complete and individualized support services during the entire process.

We undertake regular business trips to New Caledonia and French Polynesia to meet our clients and the main economic drivers of the region to promote New Zealand, and opportunities offered by this country. We have sound knowledge of the business models of these regions, and this we believe is our strength to promote closer business ties between New Zealand, New Caledonia and French Polynesia.

As a member of the Board of the Chamber of Commerce, it is my prime motivation to strengthen commercial and friendly relations between New Zealand and the French territories.

Michael Rawlence - Board Member

Michael moved to New Zealand 8 years ago having spent 12 years running a luxury goods company based in London but also with offices in New York and Hong Kong. Of British and Australian descent and having grown up in the South of France whilst being educated at Eton in the UK, Michael has a strong multi-national background.

As a successful business owner, with many years experience within the global luxury goods industry, Michael understands the key criteria of developing and implementing successful strategies . These attributes resulted in his business in the UK being awarded two Royal Warrants for supplying goods to members of the British Royal family.

Michael launched a similar niche business in New Zealand in conjunction with a well-known Auckland printing family. His diversification into the real estate industry started when he was approached to lead the rebranding, sales and marketing of a unique and quite stunning residential development in Wanaka. During that time Michael was approached by Bayley’s Real Estate and offered a position in their Ponsonby office. Upon completion of his real estate certification he joined the company in March 2015.

He is looking forward to serving the French-speaking community in all real estate matters.

Michael is a confident and team-focused individual who has a strong network both locally and internationally which he is very much looking forward to introducing to the FNZCCI.

Guilherme (William) Remor - Board Member

Following a career start as an International Business Consultant in France, I have shifted to the technology and banking world ever since I came to New Zealand about three years ago.

As Senior Credit Risk Management Specialist at ASB, I assist with the development and management of credit strategies that drive enhanced lending decisions for the bank. It is a very complex and exciting environment in the cross roads of technology and business. A key part of my activity involves managing projects and technical initiatives, and most importantly, simplifying them to a wide range of audiences. For me, efficient communication is paramount to achieve business goals, especially in fast-paced environments.    

Of Italian and Brazilian descent, I have lived, worked and studied in both Brittany and Eastern France for several years.  I absolutely love the country: its culture, its people and its capacity to innovate. Whilst living in France, I developed strong relationships in both the business and education environments. I hold a Master’s Degree in Business Management from the Strasbourg Business School. I am also the NZ Ambassador to the Strasbourg Business School Alumni Network. 

Sophie Vadon - Board member

I moved to New Zealand almost a year ago, looking for a better life balance and new adventures. I have loved my experience so far and would like to become more involved in the local community. I am thrilled at the opportunity to be a board member of the FNZCCI.

I come from an advisory background. I obtained a Master's degree from SKEMA Business School (previous ESC Lille). My studies also included a 2 year internship at the French Press Agency, where I worked on an Oracle project implementation, while studying two days a week. After finishing my degree, I joined one of EY's regional offices, located in Nantes. At EY, I became an active member of my service line, working for Audit legal services and Business Consulting services. After 2 and a half years, I aspired to have an international career, in which I could combine high professional objectives and personal well-being with my partner. This is why I relocated from Nantes to Auckland. I am really enthusiastic about bringing my Advisory background to the FNZCCI.

Ex Officio

Graeme Solloway - New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

Peter Lund - Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Laura Torrebruno - French Embassy Economic Department

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