Our Key Team
Janet entered the world of conferencing in London in the 1970’s. She established ‘C&E’ in 1991 and with decades of experience, enjoys supporting and mentoring her dedicated team and representing the company. Her role includes inspiring her team and clients to raise the bar so that each conference exceeds expectations and people leave with new ideas, learning and motivation.
Janet spent her formative years in London and has been involved in theatre life on the stage and behind the scenes. Her knowledge of what it takes to put on a good show, born out of this passion, is another invaluable ingredient in the company ethos.
Amy has worked as Professional Conference Organiser since 2005 having spent her career organising national and international conferences in the UK and Europe, and since 2011 here in New Zealand. Amy has experience organising conferences and trade exhibitions for clients working in a wide range of sectors including medical, educational, engineering and scientific at venues all over the country.
Amy is passionate about the events industry in New Zealand and loves the collaborative nature of how people work here.
In her spare time, Amy likes to take advantage of what her adopted home of Wellington offers from music gigs, restaurants, cinema and gallery visits and of course the great events the city puts on each year.
Kerry South – Conference Manager
Kerry joined Conferences & Events in 2017 bringing with her seven years of experience as owner and operator of a niche event management business, specialising in science and academic conferences. Prior to becoming a PCO she worked in science research where she would often gravitate towards organising logistics and events so really it is no surprise she makes an excellent PCO!
Kerry has organised national and international events ranging in size from 20 to 1500 delegates, and thrives under pressure with a very solution-oriented attitude. Kerry loves to connect like-minded people and the platform for networking, discussion, development and publicity that conferences provide.
Having lived on the South Island for over twelve years, Kerry and her family appreciate the many wonderful resources and beautiful areas New Zealand has to offer. You can usually find them at the seashore, but during work hours you’ll find Kerry in our Nelson office at 164 Hardy Street.
Tatjana Ratsdorf – Conference Manager
Tatjana is well known in the New Zealand PCO sector, having worked over many years in PCO companies, then as a trainer for events management software EventsAir since its launch. Until recently Tatjana worked as a lecturer in event management – sparking the passion for events in young people – in her words ‘seeing them excel is priceless’. We are delighted to welcome to Tatjana to the C&E team. In addition to conferencing, Tatjana leads very busy life contributing to the arts, being a hobby farmer and participating in community activities with her husband and two children.
Rebecca is excited to be joining the C&E team this year as a Conference Organiser, coming from a role as an Executive Assistant Rebecca has experience coordinating workshops and staff forums within her previous organisation. Rebecca completed her Bachelor of Tourism Management in 2015 through the Victoria University of Wellington Business School and is looking forward to utilising her skills towards building a long-term career in the Conference and Events industry.
In her spare time Rebecca coaches competitive cheerleading, something she has been involved in for over 10 years. Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and you can find her at the beach all year round with her busy Cairn Terrier Lola.
Jen Bailey – Conference Organiser
Jen has recently joined Conferences & Events and is excited to bring her experience as an Event Coordinator at a membership organisation to the C&E team. Jen’s enthusiasm for organising conferences, her can-do attitude and keen eye for detail bring together a seamless process working within her team and with clients, suppliers, speakers and delegates.
In her spare time Jen is kept busy catching up with friends and spending time with her partner, two young children and her two Siberian Husky dogs.
Caron Paulsen – Conference Organiser
Caron has been a part of international PCO’s, Tourism and hospitality companies for over 20years. She decided to settle in Wellington in 2007 after working in the Cook Islands, where she developed an Incentives department with a reputable destination management company. Her passion for the conference and events industry started in her mother city, Cape Town, where she managed Conventions and Events on an international level.
After spending over 10 years in Wellington, Caron and her kiwi born daughters appreciate the family friendly and cultural diversity that Wellington has to offer. When Caron’s not busy being super mum and conference manager, she spends her time being active and enjoys travelling in New Zealand while exploring great food & wine with family and friends.
Julie hails from the Wairarapa and weekends see her living the good life on the family farm. While raising three gorgeous boys who are now scattered across the globe, Julie still found time to run start an arthouse movie theatre, and run the family business (we’re sure her husband would agree she was the energy behind the throne). Her contribution to community sport, fundraising and organising events has spanned many years. Wellington now calls and she’s loving the city life while still inspiring the C&E team to get out to the country or arranging us all to go fishing for the occasional weekend.