The NZAEP is a voluntary organisation incorporated under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 on 12 September 2005 with the purpose of being the industry association for event professionals in New Zealand. The NZAEP was formed in response to industry demand for a recognised body to represent the burgeoning events industry in New Zealand.


NZAEP’s founding principle is to bring professionals together to focus on the industry as a whole and to act as a voice for that industry and its members. This acknowledged the need for the Association and the need for education to ensure the highest standards of event delivery.


The NZAEP Board was appointed as part of the initial set up of the Association. The current Board is made up of influential figures in the event landscape that are practitioners with credibility and respect in the industry.


NZAEP has experienced considerable growth in its short history and has achieved milestones including reaching over 400 members, development of an educational and networking resource, annual industry conference, recognised event industry awards and a member administration service.


The Board

Terri Van Schooten  

Terri van Schooten, Chair of NZAEP

Verve - The Event Agency 

Terri has been involved in the events industry for over 15 years coming from a business management background.  Her company, Verve - The Event Agency, set the template for many iconic events such as the International Rugby Sevens, the Lord of the Rings Premieres and the Pinot Noir Celebrations.  Her company continues to be involved in the broad spectrum of events from awards celebrations, conferences and experiential programmes through to large scale public events.
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Anne Hindson

Company Director, SGL Group NZ Ltd 
Anne has a strong background in recreation and tourism planning and management, having been involved in a large number of projects in New Zealand as well as several overseas projects. Anne is able to draw on over twenty years of experience in the recreation, events and sport industries as a practitioner to bring to her consultancy work. Anne has a Master of Commerce & Management and her event experience includes Project Manager for APEC Science Ministers Meeting & Associated Events: Regional Manager for the FIFA U17 Women's World Cup, World Junior Touch Nationals, National Touch Championships, and numerous conferences and events including the establishment of the ETF conferences.

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Jennah Wootten

Chief Executive, Auckland 2017 World Masters Games 

Jennah has an extensive background in major events, having worked both in the public and private sector for more than a decade – and been a key part of teams which have delivered some of the largest events New Zealand has hosted.

As Manager of Major Events at Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (and prior to that, Auckland City Council), Jennah managed the team responsible for the delivery of Auckland’s $97 million Rugby World Cup 2011 programme.

Jennah also led Auckland’s bid processes and subsequent contract negotiations for events such as the FIFA U17 Womens World Cup, FIBA U19 Mens World Cup, Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover, ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Series and the V8 Supercars ITM 400 Auckland.

She was a member of the Bid Advisory Group for the World Masters Game 2017 and negotiated the contracts between Auckland and the International Masters Games Association to secure the games as well as the contract between Auckland and Central Government, securing $11 million to support the games delivery.

Following a global recruitment search, in 2013 Jennah was appointed Chief Executive of World Masters Games 2017. As the largest multi sport event in the world, the Games will feature approximately 30 sports, utilise 45 venues and accommodate over 25,000 athletes over the 10 day period. It is regarded as the largest event New Zealand will host in the next decade.

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Warwick Hall, CFEE

Eventset Limited 

Warwick has been active in the Festival and Event Industry for the past 15 years having spent ten of those as the Event Marketing Manager for the Lake Taupo Region where he built the highly successful 'Events Capital' brand. He has worked with a diverse range of fixtures, Ironman NZ, World Speed Water Ski, World Junior Motocross, International ISDE, Oceania Boxing and dozens of concerts to name a few.

Warwick’s work has been recognized on the world stage,  he is the central region NZAEP Board member, sits on an IFEA Global Think Tank with representatives from 22 other affiliate countries and is the IFEA representative to New Zealand.

Not great at sitting still, in his spare time he 'participates' in Ironman Triathlon, rides motorbikes and drinks to much coffee.


Richard Wells

Partner, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Lawyers 

Richard is a corporate and commercial lawyer with particular legal expertise in major events and sports law, intellectual property law and technology, media and telecommunications law. Richard excels in the commercialisation of new technology and the strategic management of intellectual property.

Richard has numerous clients in the sports industry and has broad experience working with event hosts, sponsors and key stakeholders to address the legal and commercial issues that arise in relation to major sporting events in New Zealand. This experience includes advising official partners to Rugby World Cup 2011 on commercial licensing, endorsements and operational issues, and advising K2010, the local organising committee for the Rowing World Championships at Karapiro.



Andy Scotland

Flat Earth Solutions 

Andy has extensive experience in directing large scale public events in both the private and public sectors.  Recent roles include the production of the Hobbit World premiere events in Wellington, managing the festival plans for Rugby World Cup 2011 and the development of Wellington’s event strategy for 2013 and beyond.  She managed the events unit for WCC and prior to this had 8 years working as GM Business Development for Wellington International Airport leading marketing, communications and airline development.  Past director for a   private tourism company Andy is currently a director for Flat Earth Solutions consultancy, iSite Media, Footnote Dance and Wellington high performance aquatics.



Simon Green

The Main Event 

Simon has been designing, directing, producing and appearing in a range of events in the southern region for over 15 years.

He spent 7 years as director of the Queenstown Winter Festival. He owns and operates his own creative management company - The Main Event - which provides creative and entertainment solutions for the C & I market, but also produces an annual stable of public events including major concerts and theatrical productions, charity boxing events and a beer festival. 

An accomplished business and marketing professional, Simon also works as a consultant offering event, tourism and business development, strategic planning, branding and operational marketing services, his most recent project being the delivery of an event and funding strategy for the Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Founding Board Members:

Arthur Klap, Rae Finlay, Astrid Anderson, Peter Burley, Karen Watkins, Pitsch Leiser




For any queries regarding membership, advertising or our monthly Events Update newsletter please contact:

Vicki Watson, CEO

027 537 6088
Postal address: PO Box 3798, Auckland