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Meet the SBC Team

Mike Burrell

Mike Burrell

Executive Director

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Mike Burrell

Executive Director

Mike joined SBC in January 2020. His previous role was New Zealand’s High Commissioner to South Africa. Before that he was Director for Sustainable Economic Development at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the founding CEO of Aquaculture New Zealand.

He holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Canterbury.

Mike is based in Wellington.

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Alana Douglas

Alana Douglas

Events Manager

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Alana Douglas

Events Manager

Alana joined SBC in November 2021.

Alana has spent a number of years working across the public and private sector, leading events. She has experience with events of varying sizes, from large scale conferences to community-led events and workshops.

Prior to joining SBC, Alana spent a number of years working for Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities. She was responsible for establishing their events processes and guidelines and managing internal and external projects, campaigns and events including visits and announcements with Ministers of the Crown and Government Officials.

Alana is based in Auckland.

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Kate Wilson Butler

Kate Wilson Butler

Head of Climate Action

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Kate Wilson Butler

Head of Climate Action

Kate is SBC’s Head of Climate Action, responsible for driving implementation of our strategy to accelerate the transition to a zero carbon future.

Before she joined SBC, Kate spent nine years at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where she focused principally on trade and economic and environment/climate change issues, including during a posting to Berlin. Her roles included negotiating for New Zealand at the UN climate talks, and as Private Secretary in the office of the Minister of Climate Change. Prior to that, Kate was a lawyer at a major New Zealand law firm.

Kate is based in Wellington.

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Jay Crangle

Jay Crangle

Manager – Leadership

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Jay Crangle

Principal Advisor, Climate Action

Jay Crangle joined in March 2019. Before joining SBC, Jay spent 10 years working in the UK in a variety of programme management, communications and marketing roles across the community sector. She champions businesses to be at the forefront of environmental and social sustainability by bringing them together to deliver results that no single company could achieve alone. She is based in Auckland, and currently on maternity leave.

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Pravin Sawmy

Pravin Sawmy

Manager – Membership

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Pravin Sawmy

SBC Membership Manager

Pravin manages member engagement, supporting members to connect with SBC services and programmes.

Prior to joining SBC in November 2019, he worked at Fairtrade ANZ for 12 years in a variety of roles supporting commercial partners in developing and promoting sustainable supply chains in the food and fashion sectors.

Pravin holds a BSc in International Management Science from the University of Wales, Swansea.

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Megan Gallagher

Megan Gallagher

Advisor on Thriving People and Climate Action

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Megan Gallagher

Advisor on Thriving People and Climate Action

Megan is SBC’s Advisor on Thriving People and Climate Action. Megan is jointly responsible for supporting the implementation of our strategy to accelerate the transition to a low-emissions and climate resilient future whilst ensuring that people are at the heart of this transition.

Before joining SBC in March 2021, Megan spent the previous five years working at Air New Zealand within the People function.

Megan is based in Auckland.

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Nicole Schlichting

Nicole Schlichting

Digital Communications Advisor

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Nicole Schlichting

Digital Communications Advisor

Megan is SBC’s Advisor on Thriving People and Climate Action. Megan is jointly responsible for supporting the implementation of our strategy to accelerate the transition to a low-emissions and climate resilient future whilst ensuring that people are at the heart of this transition.

Before joining SBC in March 2021, Megan spent the previous five years working at Air New Zealand within the People function.

Nicole is based in Auckland.

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Rebecca Lowe

Rebecca Lowe

Communications Manager

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Rebecca Lowe

Communications Manager

Rebecca is SBC’s Communications Manager, joining the team in September 2021.

Prior to joining SBC, Rebecca spent two and a half years working for the Commerce Commission, primarily responsible for managing communications across its competition, consumer credit and fair trading functions. Before that she worked as a Senior Communications Adviser for the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, following almost a decade working across TVNZ’s news platforms as a broadcast journalist.

Rebecca is based in Wellington. For all communication queries, including the weekly Pānui newsletter, please contact sbccomms@businessnz.org.nz.

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Robert Perry

Robert Perry

Manager – Thriving People

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Rob Perry

Manager – Thriving People

Robert manages the Thriving People portfolio. He champions business leadership and collective action that supports employee wellbeing, positively impacts communities and wider society, and puts people at the heart of our transition to a zero-carbon economy.

Robert has over 20 years’ experience providing strategic leadership on critical sustainability issues and their solutions in business, consultancy and public sector organisations in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Originally from Liverpool, Robert is a passionate Liverpool FC fan, muso and fitness fanatic.

He is based in Auckland.

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Sally Betts

Sally Betts

Executive Assistant

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Sally Betts

Executive Assistant

Sally has joined the SBC team as Executive Assistant, managing administration and scheduling for our team of nine, as well as SBC’s Advisory Board.

Sally’s previous role was EA to the CEO at the Real Estate Authority.

She is based in Wellington.

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