Our Key Team
Janet Matheson – Managing Director
Janet entered the world of conferencing in London in the 1970’s. She started ‘C&E’ in New Zealand in 1991 and with over two decades of experience, now enjoys supporting 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 arrived in New Zealand in early 2011 to join C&E. Lured here by Louise Watson who was another of C&E’s tartan army and by thewonderful wholesome lifestyle that New Zealand offers and the promise of Wellington’s Mediterranean weather!
With her extensive experience as a PCO in Scotland and Europe and a firsthand glowing reference, she exceeded expectations and quickly became a major cog in the company’s wheel. When asked what she feels her key strength is, her quick wit comes to the fore – “Amy Abel is amiable!
Amy’s primary passion is music and she loves nothing more that discovering new bands for herself and introducing hidden gems to others. When she came to New Zealand she left many things behind but one thing Amy did bring was her bike; it’s taken a while for her to conquer the challenge of Wellington’s steep hills but there’s one thing she’s still struggling with, forgiving Louise for not mentioning the wind.
Cheryll goes by Confucius’ saying “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” True enough, she has been in the industry for 13 years – and counting, according to her it feels as if it all began just yesterday. She started (or should we say “strutted”) her career with managing top fashion productions in the Philippines. Raced her way to Dubai, where she handled big sport events such as Formula One Grand Prix and managing Ferrari Team’s hospitality to name a few. Who wants a job where you can meet Felipe Masa, Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikonin? Everyone including you!
Moving on, her heart and passion made it to New Zealand, dominated by the corporate events world. She managed big engineering conferences including the IPENZ Centenary Celebration, represented New Zealand at an International Education Fair, became part of a creative agency that theming national events, and now has found her way to join the Conference World with Conferences & Events Ltd.
Francie Gaiger – Co-ordinator of delegates, IT and Innovator
After graduating from the University of Canterbury with an MSc in Geology, Francie went on her OE to the UK. Here she discovered a love for conference organising and grew her experience to become a Client Liaison and Events Manager. 6 years later she returned to New Zealand and says was lucky enough to join the team at C&E.
Bringing oodles of enthusiasm to learn from the experienced team, Francie is rapidly growing her knowledge and experience in Conference Management and brings her lovely smiley personality to the team.
Since returning to New Zealand Francie has joined the new age of avid knitters (to the delight of her Grandmother). She enjoys learning new techniques and many people have commented on her ability to knit while standing in the bus on the way to work!
We’re all very proud that in August 2016 Francie won the Events Air Innovator of the Year Award. Go Francie!
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.