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. 


Situations Vacant

Beervana Manager

The Wellington Culinary Events Trust (WCET), the organisation that brings your Visa Wellington On a Plate (Visa WOAP), also runs Beervana and we are after an event management gun to help us manage this well-established event with precision, energy and enthusiasm.

Reporting to the Chief Executive of the WCET your role will be to manage the full gambit of Beervana including overseeing the event management and logistics contractors, assisting with the coordination of the venue, breweries and international guests. You will work closely with our sponsorship and marketing staff to assist with the coordination of sponsors and partners as well as contribute to our marketing, public relations and digital promotional activities. You will also have great relationships with the craft beer sector in New Zealand so that you can hit the ground running. Basically, you need to be tops.

You won’t be camera shy as from time-to-time you will be needed to talk to the media about Beervana and you will work to deliver on Beervana’s obligations to sponsors and external funders. You are not going to be scared to get your hands dirty (i.e. carry boxes) and you will work with the WCET to continue to make Beervana the best damn craft beer celebration in New Zealand.

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

• At least four years' experience and a proven track record of success and achievement in an event management position.
• A demonstrated ability to manage events, to express a vision with enthusiasm and commitment, to inspire confidence and elicit support from stakeholders and colleague
• Demonstrated ability to create and maintain a close-knit relationship with partners that result in benefits to your organisation
• Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to liaise with people at all levels in the business sector
• A comprehensive knowledge of the brewing and culinary industry and the marketing of beer
• Established relationships in the brewing industry here in New Zealand and internationally
• A passion for Wellington and our superb culture of hospitality

Applications close at MIDNIGHT on Monday 26 November 2018. Please email your application to hello@wcet.org.nz, ensuring your relevant event management experience is clearly highlighted.

Download the Beervana Manager Job Description.

Communications Manager

The Wellington Culinary Events Trust (WCET), the organisation that brings you Visa Wellington On a Plate (Visa WOAP), Beervana, and our new for 2019 spirits Festival Highball, are after a Comms and PR expert to plan, implement and manage communications and public relations activities and relationships related to our Festivals.

Reporting to the Marketing and Communications Manager, you’ll work alongside an experienced team to deliver unique culinary experiences that leave lasting impressions and return increasing numbers of visitors year after year.

You will be responsible for fostering influential relationships with key NZ and international culinary, travel and lifestyle media to continue to grow Wellington’s position as the culinary capital, and the Festivals as ‘must dos on everyone’s calendars.

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:

  • 5+ years’ experience and a proven track record of success within a commercial PR/comms environment
  • Strong demonstrated experience of effective creative, copywriting and content development
  • Established media landscape knowledge and existing relationships throughout local/national and international food and tourism media
  • Self-starter who is positive, energetic and prepared to that extra bit to get the job done
  • Experience in food, culinary tourism and/or destination marketing is desirable
  • Tertiary qualifications in a related discipline
  • A comprehensive knowledge of the culinary and brewing industry and an understanding of comms and PR in these sectors would be highly advantageous.

This is a unique role within an iconic not-for-profit ideally suited to a creative self-starter with a passion for Wellington and our superb culture of hospitality. 

Applications close at MIDNIGHT on Monday 26 November 2018. Please email your application to hello@wcet.org.nz, ensuring your relevant communications experience is clearly highlighted.

Download the Communications Manager Job Description.

The Team


Management

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.

New Role

Communications & PR Manager

We're recruiting for a Comms PR gun to help tell Wellington's food stories. If you have 5+ years experience and a hunger for challenge, check this link for more info and to apply.


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


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, Paula Jackson, Terry Shubkin, James Bennie, 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.