Key Appointments in the Waikato 

If you have a key appointment you would like to announce please contact Rebecca.

Rebecca Aston

Exciting times are ahead for our dynamic business community as we proudly announce a key appointment within the Waikato Chamber of Commerce. We are thrilled to welcome Rebecca Aston to our team in the role of Marketing and Events Manager. 

Rebecca (Bex) joins us from H3 Group as Major Events and Project Manager where she was responsible for the delivery of the recent, highly successful FIFA Women's World Cup 2023. We sat down with Rebecca to get to know more about her. Read the interview with Rebecca here

Sean Murray, General Manager of Events and Economic Development at Hamilton City Council shared his thoughts about his experience working with Rebecca. 

"Rebecca has been the Major Events Manager at Hamilton Council’s H3 Group for the past seven and a half years. Prior to that she had been with the University of Waikato and had completed two and a half years in Council's communications department.

Rebecca has a very high profile and respected reputation across New Zealand’s major event industry. Whilst just having completed the highly successful delivery of Hamilton’s hosting of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, she has also led the city hosting for the Icc Women’s Cricket World Cup, Rugby League World Cup, the HSBC NZ Sevens series and a range of All Blacks tests amongst others. Rebecca is known for her unwavering commitment and championship of Hamilton and the Waikato."

Only just two weeks ago Rebecca was the recipient of Hamilton Council's Ki Te Hoe Award for everyday individual excellence.

Simon Wickham 

Momentum Waikato is happy to announce the appointment of Simon Wickham as their new CEO.

Simon is an experienced Director, Chief Executive and leader. Simon is well versed in creating high performing engaged teams, developing business strategy and leadership, and aligning stakeholders and partners around strategy and a collective vision.

Simon is particularly passionate about making a difference to organisations he serves. Before moving to the Waikato in 2019, he was named a laureate in the West Auckland Business Hall of Fame for services to commercial enterprise and the community, including the work undertaken as CEO at The Trusts to transform and grow profitability, team engagement and Giving Back to the West Auckland community. Simon joins the Momentum team as the former Chief Executive at Harkness Henry Lawyers.

“I’m honoured,” says Simon, “roles like these don't come up often, with their unique blend of benefaction, commercial decision-making and great community impact.”

Momentum Chair Neil Richardson shares “We are looking forward to the value Simon will add to our skilled team. His experience in leadership, stakeholder management and the strong positive response we had from past employers about his communication and strategic skills stood out, as well as his passion for making a difference to the people he serves.”

With years of governance and managerial experience across various roles, Simon is ready to bring his knowledge to Momentum to help make a positive impact on the lives of people in the Waikato. 

Read more from Momentum Waikato here


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