Australia

Meet Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington's alumni contacts in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane.

Brisbane

Local contact: Steve Bott (BCA Hons)

Email: alumni@vuw.ac.nz

Steve has been based in Queensland for over 10 years. His professional experience began in Wealth Management at an investment platform and he then transitioned to Financial Advice.  Throughout his career, Steven has worked in Japan, New Zealand and Australia with specialties including working with data and providing end-to-end advice.  He currently works as a Financial Adviser for Investorwise Financial.

In addition to his Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, Steve also has an Executive MBA from the University of New South Wales Business School and an Advanced Diploma in Financial Services (Financial Planning) from Kaplan Professional.

Find out more about Steve in his Q&A or on his LinkedIn profile.

Melbourne

Local contact: Ashwin Sharma (BCA/MBA)

Email: alumni@vuw.ac.nz

Ashwin is an experienced financial executive who is currently CFO for technology company the Stargate Group where he is responsible for the accounting and human resources functions. In addition to this Ashwin dabbles in app development having teamed up with a friend to develop a few apps and start an online jobs board for Fiji. He is also an experienced barista and has an Instagram account for Coffee Cups (CoffeeCupGallery) with over 16,000 followers. Ashwin completed a Bachelor of Commerce at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington in the 1980s and returned a few years later to complete his MBA.

Find out more about Ashwin in his Q&A, view his LinkedIn profile, or take a look at the Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington's Melbourne alumni group on LinkedIn.

Sydney

Regional ambassador: Sarah Richardson (BA/BCA)

Email: srichardson@srconsulting.com.au

Sarah Richardson is an experienced board member and executive leader with three decades of strategic, financial, and corporate governance experience in Australia, France, and the US.

She has served on 11 education/health/infrastructure/sport/agrifoods boards in the last decade (eight current) and is Director of her own SME consultancy.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Commerce from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, and an MBA from University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australian Marketing Institute, Women on Boards, the Australian Fulbright Alumni Association and the University of Chicago Alumni Association (Founder and former Chair, Perth Branch).

Find out more about Sarah on her LinkedIn profile.