About Us

Visa Wellington On a Plate (Visa WOAP) is cooked up for you by the Wellington Culinary Events Trust (WCET). The WCET works with WellingtonNZ
(Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency) and Avenues Event Management to deliver the Festival and are also responsible for bringing you Beervana and Highball. 

The Team


Management

Sarah Meikle

Festival Director 

Angela Fisher

Finance Manager

Brandie Stephens

Office Support Coordinator




Marketing & Communications

Melissa Davey

Head of Marketing and Communications


For media enquiries please contact media@wellingtononaplate.com 

JoAnne Carr

Communications & PR Manager


Clèm Rebouillat

Digital & Content Coordinator



Programming & Events

Beth Brash 

Programme Manager

Alice McEnaney

Programme & Events Coordinator

Ryan McArthur

Beervana Manager

Riki Carter

Highball Manager


Governance

WCET

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, Sarah Wickens, Terry Shubkin, James Bennie, David Perks (WREDA Observer), Paul Sinclair, Sarah Meikle and Jamie Tuuta.

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.

Work with us!

Sponsorship Manager

We are on the hunt for a gun Sponsorship Manager with a proven track record of acquiring sponsors of scale as we set our sights on significant growth over coming years. The role of the Sponsorship Manager is to manage all the sponsor and partner relationships of the WCET and assets. That is the acquisition, maintenance and retention of sponsors for Visa WOAP, Beervana, RTB, Highball 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 work closely with the Beervana Manager, Highball Manager and the Visa WOAP Marketing & Communications Manager to deliver on all our obligations to sponsors and external funders and our Project Manager on finance and administrative support as well as other ongoing projects run by the Trust.

You won't 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.

If this sounds like you, contact us. We're keen to speak to you if fit the above AND have:

  • At least six years' experience and a proven track record of success and achievement in a management position.
  • Demonstrated experience in pitching to and acquiring sponsors of scale.
  • 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.
  • 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.

This role is based in Wellington Central and does not suit working from home.

For more information, please consult the Sponsorship Manager Job Description.

Applications close at 12 noon on Wednesday 24 March. Please email your application to hello@wellingtononaplate.com (REF: SPONSORSHIP), ensuring your relevant sponsorship experience and successes are clearly highlighted in your covering letter.


Marketing Campaign Manager

We are on the hunt for an effective, culinary-inspired operational Marketing Campaign Manager to join our busy and experienced marketing team to deliver iconic culinary experiences that connects consumers with food and beverage industry, producers and suppliers.

The Marketing Campaign Manager will work closely with the Head of Marketing & Communications and PR and digital specialists, to develop and deliver compelling and exciting end-to-end marketing and communications campaigns across all our event platforms.

You’ll be an operational superstar who enjoys the challenge of events and being part of a close knit, high performing team that achieves outstanding results year on year. This is a great time to be joining the Trust as we fast approach festival season and embark on new projects that will help tell the greater Wellington region food story.

You will not be scared to get your hands dirty (i.e. carry boxes on occasion), be positive, energetic and prepared to go above and beyond.

If this sounds like you, contact us. We're keen to speak to you if fit the above AND have:

  • Experience in growing audiences
  • Experience in delivering edgy, creative and very effective marketing and communications campaigns across a variety of platforms and media
  • Strong copywriting skills
  • Great relationship management skills
  • Five years minimum marketing experience agency and/or client side
  • A passion for the greater Wellington region and our superb culture of hospitality.

 Desired Skills:

  • Experience in a commercial business environment would be preferred
  • Tertiary qualifications in a related discipline would be highly regarded
  • Tourism or event marketing experience would be preferred.

This role is based in Wellington Central and does not suit working from home.

For more information, please consult the Marketing Campaign Manager Job Description.

Applications close at 12 noon on Wednesday 24 March. Please email your application to hello@wellingtononaplate.com (REF: MARKETING), ensuring your relevant marketing campaign experience is clearly highlighted in your covering letter.