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 Thank you to our 2016 Judges

The Ignite Wanaka Business Awards was judged by a panel of independent and well qualified business people who all reside in the region. All entries were only reviewed by the judging panel to ensure a robust and independent awards process.

Simon Telfer High Res NJ

Simon Telfer (Convenor of the Judging Panel)

Simon currently serves as an independent director and advisory board member to a number of privately owned companies. He is well known in the NZ business community for his governance initiatives including Appoint Better Boards and SpringBoard.  Simon has lived and worked in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand but now happily resides in Wanaka.



Anne Urlwin

A chartered accountant, business consultant and professional director, Anne’s current Directorships include Chorus Ltd, Steel & Tube Holdings Ltd, Naylor Love and Summerset Group Holdings Ltd. Anne is also Deputy Chairman of Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd (formerly AMI Insurance).

Anne has considerable business experience –  her former roles include Chairman of Lakes Environmental Ltd and the New Zealand Blood Service, and serving as a Director of Meridian Energy Ltd and Airways Corporation NZ Ltd. Anne is a Wanaka resident.


Bill DayBill Day

Bill started his multi-million dollar business, Seaworks, in 1979 as a commercial dive company. Today Bill’s marine contracting company has its own fleet of vessels. The company lays under-sea cables, runs underwater robots, salvages sunken vessels, inspects oil rigs around the world and, more recently, has managed the marine work for Steven Spielberg movies. Bill Day was chosen as Winner of Ernst & Young’s New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year in September 2000 and in 2002 he returned to Monaco as one of the judges for the 2002 World Entrepreneur of the Year competition. Bill resides in Wanaka.


TP Giselle McLachlan WEBGiselle

Giselle is a director and a lawyer, with business experience from a variety of perspectives. She lives in Tarras and commutes to Christchurch most weeks, where she is General Manager of commercial and agri-business law firm Tavendale + Partners.  Giselle has served on a number of boards, including the H&J Smith Group and local start up Insiteful.  She enjoys helping people and businesses to grow and succeed.