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). 

Situations Vacant

Marketing & Communications Manager (This is a fixed term contract role, starting in July and concluding after the 2019 festival).

We are on the hunt for a creative, culinary-inspired, Marketing & Communications Manager.

The Wellington Culinary Events Trust (WCET), the organisation that brings you Visa Wellington On a Plate (Visa WOAP), Beervana and the Road to Beervana (RTB) are after a MarComms expert to develop and plan strategies, manage and oversee the implementation of all of the marketing and communications activities related to Visa WOAP, Beervana, the RTB and any other activities that the WCET may be involved in.

You will also oversee all communications activities undertaken by our PR agency and via other relationships. The Marketing & Communications Manager will ensure that all agreed marketing benefits that are promised by sponsors are being delivered by sponsors to the WCET and marketing benefits by the WCET to sponsors.

This role is also responsible for all digital development and ongoing management, overseeing the media and PR plans and activities, along with our overall social media and content strategy.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Marketing & Communications Manager will have strong strategic planning skills, good knowledge of the New Zealand culinary, travel and lifestyle media landscape, have an understanding and appreciation of how the hospitality sector works as well as experience in managing relationships with creative agencies, photographers and marketing service providers. You’ll know how to get the most out of sponsor relationships and will have great communication skills.

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.

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

  • At least seven years’ experience and a proven track record of success and achievement in a marketing management position.
  • Experience in a commercial event or business environment would be preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain a close-knit relationship with partners that result in benefits to your organisation.
  • Demonstrated strategic marketing campaign and marketing management experience across a range of channels including OOH, social media, digital and print.
  • Excellent knowledge of the local and New Zealand-wide media landscape
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to liaise with people at all levels in the business sector, in government and in the community.
  • Strong demonstrated experience of business writing skills
  • A comprehensive knowledge of the culinary and brewing industry and an understanding of marketing in this sector.
  • A passion for Wellington and our superb culture of hospitality.

Applications close at midnight on Wednesday 18 July 2018. Please email your application to workfor@wellingtononaplate.com, ensuring your relevant marketing and communications experience is clearly highlighted. Please check the Job Description for more information.

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 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.

Beth Brash

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 has great tales of living in Japan.     

Fiona Reeve

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.

Leisa Robb

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)

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

Andy Stantiall 

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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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: 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.