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 Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) and Avenues Event Management to deliver the Festival and are also responsible for bringing you Beervana. 

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There are currently no vacancies.

The Team


Sarah Meikle

Festival Director

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.

Beth Brash

Programme Manager 

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 wrote a cookbook about Cuba Street.

Fiona Reeve

Sponsorship Manager 

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

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.

Marketing & Communications

Melissa Davey

Marketing & Communications Manager

Melissa is a keen yogi, but we think that might be to counteract her cheese scone addiction. You could say she's a real...sconnoisseur. She loves talking about and taking photos of food and oversees all Marketing and Comms for Visa WOAP, Beervana and Highball Festivals. 

For media enquiries please contact melissa@wellingtononaplate.com 

Andy Stantiall

Marketing Coordinator

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. He's also responsible for keeping our FacebookTwitter and Instagram looking flash.

JoAnne Carr

Communications & PR Manager

Jo is our comms superstar, telling the stories of the festivals we run while juggling journos up and down the country keen to get in on the action. If that's you, get in touch and she'll whip up a tasty story to suit any audience. 

Applications & Logistics | Supplier Logistics

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.

Rebecca Weeks

Event Manager - Avenues Event Management

James Austin

Event Coordinator - Avenues Event Management

Geoff Copps

Sector Development 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, David Perks (WREDA Observer), Paul Sinclair 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.