Visa Wellington On a Plate (VWOAP) is cooked up for you by the Wellington Culinary Events Trust (WCET). The WCET works with Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) and Avenues Event Management to deliver the Festival and are also responsible for bringing you Beervana and Road to Beervana (RTB).
Festival Director - WCET
Sarah loves all things food and wine...she even chooses her holiday destinations based on them. Sarah has been a core lead in the Festival since the start.
Project Manager - Avenues Event Management
Melanie's team manage the logistics of Visa WOAP. She has extensive experience in the food, beverage and hospitality fields, and is a bit of a pinot noir expert.
Programme Manager - WCET
Beth looks after the participants - from applications, to brainstorming to event ideas and inspiration to curating a banging Festival. Beth is a bit of beer expert, has great hair and love meeting new people.
Sponsorship Manager - WCET
Fiona looks after all of our amazing partners, sponsors and stakeholders that keep the Festival humming. She's recently made the best decision of her life moving her young family back to Wellington from Sydney, and is loving getting up to speed with all the great new eats and activities this city has to offer.
Projects Manager - WCET
Leisa is camp mother looking after all things finance and administration as well as projects. She's also an ace on the tennis court and one stylish lady.
Jenna Chantelau (nee Do)
Marketing Manager (seconded from WREDA)
Marketing Coordinator - WCET
Tall Andy as he's affectionately known is the doer and keeps the WCET machine pumping. From pop ups to programme guides, Andy's a dab hand at making everything run smoothly - and always with a smile.
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Event Manager - Avenues Event Management
Event Coordinator - Avenues Event Management
Sector Development Manager - WREDA
Media and PR
PR Manager - SPUTNIK
Media Famil Manager - WREDA
Visa Wellington On a Plate is dedicated to prudent governance and management. The festival is governed under the guidance of the WCET.
The Trust Board comprises: Grant Maxwell (Chair), Mike Egan, Paula Jackson, Terry Shubkin, James Bennie, Vanessa O'Neill, David Perks (WREDA Observer) and Sarah Meikle.
Advisory and Curating Committee
The Advisory Committee provides the festival team with Dine Wellington and Festival Event selection advice and to act as a "sounding board" for future festival developments and improvements. Meetings are coordinated based on the specific requirements of the festival.