Our Stories: Karen Lynch

Written by NZBWN.

Karen Lynch photo finalThe slopes are calling when I speak to Karen Lynch, the managing director of KiwiOz Nannies, on a dreary London Saturday morning. I swiftly reassess my life choices when Karen tells me she and her partner have rented a place in the French Alps for the ski season and are spending most weekends in France – what a way to beat the London winter blues!

If that isn’t evidence enough, it becomes rapidly apparent from speaking with Karen that she is what my Mum would call a “go-getter”. Originally joining KiwiOz Nannies as a nanny in New Zealand for several years before transferring with the company to London in 2008, Karen spent two years working as a live-in nanny for two families in Essex.

Our Stories: Rachel Petero

Written by NZBWN.

Rachel PeteroRachel has both feet firmly rooted in her Waikato-Tainui heritage and remains globally focused after 15 years living and thriving abroad. She is the Founder of RP Enterprise & Investment Group Ltd, Women Leading Change Qatar and the Rise2025 Coaching and Leadership programme for over 100,000 indigenous women. 

Rachel has run successful management consulting and advisory businesses in London, Qatar and now Aotearoa (New Zealand). She has numerous credentials to her name, being a qualified CIPD HR professional and ICF certified executive coach and she also mentors her clients on the future of global talent. As a social impact entrepreneur, her global leadership and coaching programmes economically empower indigenous women to lead their communities, corporates and countries. Rachel's vision and focus is to "develop purposeful leaders who then RISE to empower many".

An evening with Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas DBE

Written by NZBWN Mentor Programme Team.

Boards Information Evening with Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas DBE

** SOLD OUT ** Last few tickets available for a special event to accelerate your journey into a boardroom


We are delighted to offer this special event with highly-experienced board member Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas DBE. 

This not to be missed evening will be packed with information, insights, tips, and know-how from Dame Judith to help you build your knowledge and plan your next step towards your first non-executive director board position. 

This session will suit anybody aspiring to become a board member in the future and wanting to benefit from Dame Judith's practical guidance on how to go about it.  There will be an invaluable opportunity to put your questions to Dame Judith and to network with around 20 other Kiwi women also interested in this topic. 


Date: Thursday 7th July 2016

Time: 6:15 - 9.15pm

Location:  The Dental Surgery, 55 Mark Lane, London EC3R 7NE

Cost:  £25 per person, including drinks and nibbles on arrival

** SOLD OUT ** Last few tickets available - RSVP here to book your ticket now!


Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas is a New Zealand-born British lawyer and academic who brings a brings a wealth of first-hand experience gained with heavyweight board roles.  Dame Judith was the founder Chairman of London & Partners, Chairman of the New West End Company, and is a Special Adviser to the US property company, Tishman Speyer. A City lawyer, she was the Leader of the City of London Corporation for 6 years and was on the main board of Merrill Lynch and the Wealth Management Advisory Committee at Barclays Private Bank. She was deputy Chairman of the London Development Agency and was on the board of London First and London First Centre. She has served on and chaired numerous arts and educational institutions including being the first woman to chair The Royal Opera House, and currently chairs the Regeneration Committee of The Imperial Museum. She also chairs the British Dutch Dialogues and the London New York Dialogues.


Branding DNA with Anna Cowie

Written by NZBWN.

Here at the NZBWN, we have been busy talking the steps towards formalising the structure of the network and evolving our Brand. In doing so we are discovering our unique DNA...

1. Taking a Journey with Anna 

One of our network members Anna Cowie of The Pixel Pusher Ltd, established her Brand DNA system to help companies create and evolve their brands. no1

“It’s about finding that nugget, that something unique that speaks to your audiences. To stand out from the chaos, you need to communicate a brand message in simple, clear elements.” By delving into your brand’s DNA, you reap a design blueprint to match the look and feel of your products to your brand’s attributes. You can then start to influence how your brand is perceived.

What's the Goss?