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

Sponsorship Manager - Fixed Term (9 months)

We are on the hunt for a Sponsorship Manager to cover Parental Leave. This contract will begin in early July 2019 and will conclude in mid-April 2020 (9 months approximately).

The Wellington Culinary Events Trust (WCET), the organisation that brings your Visa Wellington On a Plate (Visa WOAP), Beervana, the Road to Beervana (RTB) and Highball, are after a sponsorship gun to help us maintain, manage and secure our wide variety of sponsorships. In a nutshell, you will be responsible for our Sponsorship Strategy.

The role of the Sponsorship Manager is to manage all the sponsor and partner relationships of the WCET and assets, i.e. 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 works 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 five years' experience and a proven track record of success and achievement in a management position.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated sponsorship acquisition and management experience.
  • 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.

As this is a Parental Leave cover role, we anticipate a full hand over from the existing Sponsorship Manager before their departure.

Download the job description here.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 07 June 2019. Please email your application to hello@wcet.org.nz, ensuring your relevant sponsorship experience is clearly highlighted.


Events Intern - Fixed Term (3 months)

The Wellington Culinary Events Trust (WCET), the organisation that brings your Visa Wellington On a Plate (Visa WOAP), Beervana, the Road to Beervana (RTB) and Highball, are after an Events Intern to help us get through our busy upcoming event delivery period. This contract will begin in mid-June and will conclude in mid-September 2019. 

The role of Events Intern has been designed to provide hands-on experience at events marketing to a person keen to develop their skills in events and understand how events really work! Experience will be gained across many facets of our events delivery including marketing, ticketing, participant relations, sponsorship, sales and reporting.  It’s been designed to suit a tertiary student to gain work experience across 12 weeks. This role has not been designed to become a full-time ongoing role; it is fixed term.

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. This Events Intern role would suit an events or marketing student:

  • In their final year of study keen to get some hands-on experience (i.e. where work experience is part of your curriculum) NB. We are happy if this experience is included as part of your final assessment
  • Who is able to work a minimum of 30 hours per week
  • A team player who’s keen to learn with a positive attitude
  • A people-person – we are looking for someone who is a good communicator and will enjoy working in our open plan office environment
  • Demonstrated experience of business writing skills
  • A passion for Wellington and our superb culture of hospitality.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects efficiently and to prioritise competing commitments, i.e. you will have good time management and show initiative
  • Self-starter who is positive, energetic and prepared to that extra bit to get the job done.

This is a paid internship. Download the job description here.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 07 June 2019. Please email your application (CV and covering letter telling us a bit about you, your reason for interest in the role and your experience) to hello@wcet.org.nz.


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.

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


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), 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.