About Us

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). 

Join the Team!

Vacancy: Sponsorship Manager

We are on the hunt for an experienced and strategic sponsorship superstar! 

Help us maintain, manage and secure our wide variety of sponsor and partner relationships for VWOAP, Beervana, RTB and other events (as required). The Sponsorship Manager will have experience is sourcing and maintaining high performing partnerships and get the most out of the relationship - for all parties. You’ll also ensure that all agreed sponsor benefits are being delivered to and by sponsors to the WCET and assets. This will include management of all the sponsorship administration and negotiations (with support of Chief Executive and other team members as required). 

The Sponsorship Manager will also assist the Chief Executive with responsibilities when they are not available. They will work closely with both the Beervana Manager and the VWOAP Marketing Manager to deliver on all our obligations to sponsors and external funders and Project Manager on finance and administrative support as well as other ongoing projects run by the Trust. 

You will not be scared to get your hands dirty (i.e. carry boxes) and you will work with the WCET to continue to make Wellington New Zealand's Culinary Capital. 

We're keen to speak to you if you fit the above AND have: 

  • At least five years' experience and a proven track record of success and achievement in a management position.
  • Experience in a commercial business environment would be preferred. 
  • Proven ability to create and maintain a close-knit relationship with sponsors and partners that result in benefits to your organisation. 
  • Demonstrated sponsorship acquisition and management experience.  
  • Self-starter who is positive, energetic and prepared to that extra bit to get the job done. 
  • Tertiary qualifications in a related discipline would be highly regarded. 

Applications close MIDNIGHT, Wednesday 27 September 2017. Please email your application to hello@wcet.org.nz, ensuring your relevant sponsorship experience is clearly highlighted.

Download the Job Description: Sponsorship Manager

The Team


Sarah Meikle

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.

Melanie Walker

Project Manager - Avenues Event Management

Melanie's team came on board in 2011 to 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.

Leisa Robb

Business Support - WCET

Leisa is camp mother looking after all things finance and administration. She's also an ace on the tennis court and one stylish lady


Jenna Do

Festival Marketing Manager - WREDA

Known to always have room for dessert, Jenna manages the Festival’s marketing and the cook behind Facebook,  Twitter and Instagram 


Applications & Logistics | Supplier Logistics

Rebecca Weeks

Event Manager - Avenues Event Management

James Austin 

Event Coordinator - Avenues Event Management

Geoff Copps

Sector Development Manager - WREDA

Media and PR

Sophie Speer

PR Manager - SPUTNIK

Megan Duffy

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: Fran Wilde (Chair), Mike Egan, Paula Jackson, Terry Shubkin, Grant Maxwell, James Bennie, David Perks and Sarah Meikle.

Advisory Board and Curating Committee

The Advisory Board 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.