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). 

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 love meeting new people.     

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. 

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: 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.