Meet our Team

Current Executive :

Nicole Coyne - President

Nicole Coyne - President

My name is Nicole Coyne and I am a certified professional coach as well as a certified trainer, coach mentor and facilitator for the Diploma of Professional Coaching for the Southern Institute of Technology.

A strong passion and focus for me is on business, management and leadership coaching, as well as improving communication through behavioural change within organisations as a whole.

Based in Auckland, I work with small, medium and large businesses and organisations to provide a range of coaching options from independent professional, executive management and group coaching workshops through to personal coaching.  My coaching practice is also aligned to the ethics and ethos of the ICF, the International Coach Federation.

I have worked at the strategic management level for nearly 10 years and have been in the franchise and people coaching business for over 17 years. Consistently, my work has been orientated around training, people development, coaching and all areas of human resources. Through all of these disciplines I work very closely with people – individually and in groups – developing their ability to either grow within their careers or their business as well as assisting with interpersonal skills development.

Extremely passionate about business and personal coaching, I also carry out programme development and group facilitation work. I specialise in customising programme content to assist in reinforcing your company goals and values, or you can select existing “off the shelf” programmes from Tikumu Consulting.

To set up a coaching discovery session with Nicole please contact her on For additional information please visit her website

Carolyn Skilling - Treasurer

Carolyn Skilling - Treasurer

Carolyn Skilling is a Chartered Accountant who has run her own accountancy practice for 15 years, servicing the SME market and proving structural and tax planning advice as part of advisory and compliance services. Carolyn previously had a career in corporates and Public Practice before starting her own practice. As part of her succession plan in April 2018 she sold part of her practice to a respected colleague and now works from home.

Her business interests are in assisting people to buy and set up businesses and planning for retirement with a special interest in helping those who are planning ahead after a relationship break up or death of a partner.

She is the Treasurer of The Auckland Executive Club and enjoys the speakers and mixing and mingling with women business owners.

In her private time she enjoys travelling , keeping fit with various sporting interests and is learning Te Reo.

Kate Wilkinson - Administration

Kate Wilkinson - Administration

Kate is semi-retired, working part time as an administrator for Heart Kids NZ Inc a charity supporting families, (throughout New Zealand) of kids born with serious heart defects. She enjoys putting in volunteer hours as well for this wonderful group of people.

She is the Administrator for The Auckland Executive Club, responsible for dinner registrations, liaison with the RNZYS to ensure dinner evenings run smoothly, new member applications processing and general administrative duties. She enjoys the camaraderie and friendship of club members and meeting new people coming along as guests to the monthly dinners.

In her spare time she is involved with the Residents’ Committee of Remuera Rise, enjoys playing golf, walking, water aerobics and hanging out with friends.


Committee :

Arlene Nicholson

Arlene Nicholson

GDip Training & Development.  Dip Org Psych. TetraMap.

Arlene is an experienced corporate marketer, trainer, coach and facilitator.   After spending 13 years in healthcare, she retrained into specialising in learning and development.

Arlene started her own L&D business, binspired, in 2003 and has designed, developed and implemented learning programmes for many diverse and complex industries.  Her areas of interest include developing competence in interpersonal skills, management, and general skills to thrive at work.  The suite of topics she writes and facilitates are suited to managers, sales, marketing, HR, and admin professionals.

Check out Arlene’s website for a detailed overview of her work and if you’re interested, her story in her blog post Gratitude. | | 021 764 603

Milly Hemsley

Milly Hemsley

Milly Hemsley is a business consultant with a background in project management, marketing and business development. She has worked in banking, IT, telecommunications, event management and the charity sector. She is passionate about business improvement and the little things that count in everyday business.

Milly’s last role was as Project & Operations Manager for the biggest free public art trail to swoop in to Auckland in 2018, the Haier Big Hoot. The event featured over 100 giant owl sculptures decorated by well-known and emerging artists and children from a number of Auckland schools. At the end of the trail the Owls were auctioned to fundraise for the Child Cancer Foundation. 

Milly's next career challenge is to manage a group of  projects at FrucorSuntory. When she isn't managing projects she enjoys running, art/theatre and spending time at Waiheke with her family.

Lucy Addison

Lucy Addison

Lucy’s company, Intuitive Systems has been supporting businesses with innovative software since 2000, both in New Zealand and overseas.  The company specializes in EDI, electronic data interchange, to provide automatic transfer of business files between business partners.

Quality of Life Trust

Voluntary work has always been a large part of Lucy’s life, both in regards to her disabled son and other three children.  In 1991, she gathered a group of like-minded families of young people with similar disabilities to her son, and formed a Charitable Trust, Quality of Life Trust. The Trust runs a home in Mangere Bridge which is the “home for life” for five adults who are all congenitally deafblind and intellectually impaired. The Trust employs nine staff and has a contract with the Ministry of Health. The setting up of the house was full-time unpaid work for many years, with the creation of operational and procedures manuals to satisfy the requirements of the Ministry.  Lucy still chairs the Trust, and has done so from the outset. Lucy sees one of her personal strengths as being getting a group of people working together harmoniously towards common goals.

As part of her business life, Lucy has been actively involved in the Auckland Executive Club, serving two years as President and has been on the Committee continuously since 2002. She is now a Life Member.

Farah Herbert

Farah Herbert

Farah is the Business and Brand Development Manager for Cybercraft with over ten years of sales in technology experience. Her role is seeking new opportunities with businesses,  developing and establishing business relationships within SME and enterprise markets. She introduces the need for cyber risk management and governance, and engages mainly with executives and directors. Farah is also newly involved in Women on Boards, and is looking ahead to future aspirations as a director, and works closely with Governance NZ and Risk NZ.

In her personal time, Farah enjoys dancing samba every week. She has 2 active little ones, who keep them busy during any spare time. Farah also loves pop culture and is a Marvel girl with DC tendencies. She believes a positive attitude and a smile makes a huge difference to everyone she meets.

Susanne Loesser

Susanne Loesser

I love to capture personalities and want to take amazing photos of you. Photography is my passion and if you book a shoot with me you’ll find me well prepared, but also spontaneously coming up with new ideas. I’m into modern magazine-style photography and always try to create something special.

About three years ago I followed my heart (and a wonderful Kiwi man), sold everything I had in Germany and moved with two suitcases and my camera to New Zealand. I founded Still and Moving Pictures and my vision is to give you stunning, high quality images to make you feel great.

You want to know more about me? Well, I’m addicted to the New Zealand flat white, I do yoga, but still can’t manage the crow pose. I love reading and I’ve written a novel (but haven’t published it yet), I worked as a producer for big entertainment shows in Germany with many celebrities, and I can never get enough of taking photos.

Eileen Bisley

Eileen Bisley

Eileen is the Managing Director of Clinical Trials New Zealand Ltd. She has over 25 years of experience across the phases of drug development from a clinical trials perspective, clinical trials co-ordination plus Ethics review experience. Eileen has worked in both the public and private health sectors. Her experience also includes expertise in managing industry sponsored trials.

In 2017, Eileen was the convener and member of the executive committee of the NZ Association of Clinical Research (NZACRes). 2017-2019 ongoing Member Executive Committee for NZACRes.

Terri Gasparich

Terri Gasparich

Terri helps business owners who are looking to build a brand that takes their business to the next level. To help them achieve this, she offers a comprehensive suite of graphic design services as well as proven expertise in web design and build.

Terri works with a wide range of clients – from professional services companies to product manufacturers. Equips them with the marketing assets they need to market their business offline and online from print to web to EDMs and e-books. Over the years she has assembled a team of partners with expertise in everything from copywriting to print to social media.

Her depth of experience spans agencies, art studios, magazine publishing and clients across many industries. From that has come a wealth of knowledge across both design and marketing, which she brings to every client she works with, being honest with them about what they need and fully guiding them through the process of developing their marketing collateral.

TG Design - Helping businesses market themselves for more business. | 021 212 1306

Cindy Bakewell

Cindy Bakewell

I’m a travel broker with NZ Travel Brokers.

I do everything a travel agent does and access the same deals... I just do it better! I can save you time and money. Have a chat with me.

I’m your advocate and will find you the best value and experiences. My desire is for you to be my client for life

So why use Cindy Bakewell, travel broker?

I have over 26 years’ experience in the airline industry and a few more in travel, I’m a problem solver and make sure my clients have the experience they’ve paid for. The only person I work for is YOU.

Mobile: +64 21 0247 0005

Feedback from Dinner Meeting with Murray Thom:

"Thank you for hosting us all on Tuesday, it really was a great evening. Hats off to the Committee, I’ve been to a few evenings now, and every time the speakers are fantastic... You are all doing great work with the people you wrangle in for us. See you all next month!"
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