Meet the Team

Mary Jensen, Chief Executive

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Mary Jensen has been the Chief Executive of Smart Waikato Trust since its inception in 2009. Mary has a background in regional development, business, education and communications.

Under her leadership the Trust has grown to successfully launch and implement a number of new initiatives including FAN, SSEP, Leadership Summit alongside six annual editions of FutureForce and managing the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme across the region.  Mary is a member of the Waikato Regional Economic Development Strategy’s Labour Market working group. In 2014, Mary was a finalist in the NZ Westpac Women of Influence Awards.

mary@smartwaikato.co.nz

Sally Birch, Communications Manager

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Sally Birch has been with Smart Waikato since 2012, managing digital, social and mass media and utilises her journalism background as the editor of FutureForce® Multimedia.  

sally@smartwaikato.co.nz

Linda Nelson Caie, HR and Special Projects Manager

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Linda Nelson Caie (MA Psych. Hons) is a human resources specialist with a background in broadcasting. Linda has worked for Smart Waikato Trust since 2013 and project manages FAN events and SSEP.

linda@smartwaikato.co.nz

Levinia Paku, Smart Waikato YES Co-ordinator

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Levinia Paku (MSc) has worked for Smart Waikato Trust since 2015 and co-ordinates The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme for Smart Waikato across the Waikato-King Country region.

levinia@smartwaikato.co.nz

Tania Jones, Project Co-ordinator

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Tania Jones is a Project Manager for Secondary School Employer Partnerships (SSEP) and other Smart Waikato initiatives. She is a marketing specialist with a background in technology and education.

tania@smartwaikato.co.nz