Mentors

Portrait of Catherine Drayton

Catherine Drayton

UC alumna, Catherine Drayton is a professional director. Her current directorships include: Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation (chair), Mint Innovation (chair), Christchurch International Airport (chair), Genesis Energy and Southern Cross (both Medical Care Society and Health Trust). Her previous directorships include Ngāi Tahu Holdings, Beca, Meridian Energy, University of Canterbury Council, and Powerbyproxi.

Catherine is formerly the partner in charge of advisory and assurance for PwC for Central & Eastern Europe (excluding Russia) and spent 20 years working overseas.

Guy Horrocks portrait

Guy Horrocks

Guy is a tech entrepreneur who is the co-founder of SOLVE, a data platform for ecommerce. He sold his last mobile startup, Carnival in 2016. Carnival's customers included many Fortune500 companies such as: Expedia, T-Mobile, Target, Sephora, CNN etc. and was backed by Google.

Guy began his career at UC, winning the Entré $60k competition for a blood spatter analysis startup. He founded the world's first iPhone app company in 2007, Polar Bear Farm, gaining the attention of Apple and launching over 100 mobile apps. Guy hosts a monthly Flat White Entrepreneur Meetup, and sits on the board of NZME.

Phil Veal portrait

Phil Veal

UC engineering alumnus, Phil Veal is working towards a more productive and sustainable world by investing in and building great New Zealand businesses. He is co-founder of private investment company Business Syndications, and a board director of air ambulance company Skyline Healthcare, leading landscaper Natural Habitats, and tourism technology firm Magic Memories.

Phil was formerly CEO of Rangatira, an investment company with stakes in Hellers, Rainbow’s End, and Tuatara Brewing. Earlier he worked in investment banking and management consulting, spending most of his career based in New York City. As Global Chair of Kea, Phil is Kaitiaki (guardian) of one of New Zealand’s greatest resources: our global talent network of over one million New Zealanders offshore.

Portrait of Rob Fyfe

Rob Fyfe

Rob joined the Air Force before completing a Bachelor of Engineering at UC. He was a Flight Commander in charge of maintenance of No 75 Fighter Squadron at age 24 and has held positions with BNZ, National Australia Bank, Telecom, ITV in the UK and led Air New Zealand as CEO for seven years.

Rob has a UC Honorary Doctorate of Commerce, and was recently appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to business and tourism. Today Rob splits his time between directorships of several public and private companies, investing in early stage businesses and mentoring their founders, and advising the Prime Minister and Government on New Zealand’s Covid recovery strategy.

Portrait of Rob Waddell

Rob Waddell

One of New Zealand’s highly respected Sportsman, Rob is a World Champion, Gold Medal Olympian and a three-times Halberg Sportsman of the Year recipient. He’s also a previous crew-member of Team NZ for three gruelling, exciting campaigns.

Rob, former Chef De Mission for the New Zealand Olympic and Commonwealth teams, also has an honours degree in Business, and heads his own Strategy and Sponsorship Company supporting Sport’s Organisations and a number of different charities. Rob is no stranger to hard work, tenacity, and excellence - qualities emulated in his current leadership roles. Rob is also a devoted family man with a humble and philanthropic nature.

Portrait of Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson is the Founder and Chief Executive of Student Volunteer Army. Each year the SVA has over 50,000 young people aged 6-26 engaged in their volunteering programmes across New Zealand. His work has focused on enabling students to self-organise projects and build on the legacy of the University of Canterbury student response to the Christchurch earthquakes.

Sam is an Adjunct Fellow in the school of Education and Leadership at the University of Canterbury, member of Westpac Bank Sustainability Panel and is on the board of the Isaac Theatre Royal and Prince’s Trust New Zealand.