Meet the Team 

Simon Challies, Co-Founder

Simon was CEO of Ryman Healthcare from 2006 until 2017, when he stepped down due to the onset of parkinsons.  Simon is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and was awarded NZ's Executive of the Year in 2014.  He is now assisting social and commercial enterprises to establish and grow.

Andrew Murray, Co-Founder

Andrew was the Managing Director of Academy New Zealand, a  private tertiary institution based out of Christchurch, for 25 years. He now a professional director and continues to have interests in education. His current community focus is on developing youth well-being.

Vanessa Wells, Director

Vanessa is a freelance actor, director and filmmaker, with a passion for Christchurch and sharing stories about real people who are helping our city get back on its feet. You might recognise Vanessa from CTV, or as one of the hilarious members of Scared Scriptless at the Court Theatre.

Hannah McKnight, Producer

Hannah believes in the power of authentic storytelling as a tool for the greater good. As a freelance communications consultant and writer, she works with charities and brands to drive positive social impact across Ōtautahi, Canterbury and beyond.

Emma Smart, Cinematographer

Emma has a flair for visual storytelling and specialises in capturing families’ special moments in photographs and on film. She also enjoys supporting businesses to share how they’re creating a positive difference in the world around them.

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