Our Mission

To support new and developing business owners by helping them to advance their business capability, capacity and sustainability through the sharing of knowledge and experience by skilled business people willing and able to gift their time and expertise.

Our Network

Business Mentors New Zealand is an independent not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the delivery of a business mentoring service. Our national service maintains a regional focus made possible by our 17 agencies, whose coordinators match local Mentors with local business people (Mentees).

We have a close working relationship with New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) and Callaghan Innovation Regional Business Partnership Network (RBP) ensuring we have access to relevant business development and growth initiatives that complement our business mentoring service. Our regional agents will:

  • Engage new local Mentors and support existing Mentors.
  • Assist local business people in engaging with the mentoring service where applicable.
  • Support Mentors and Mentees with their mentoring relationship.


Agency Contacts

Our Mentors

Mentors are business people who are motivated enough to gift their time to help others succeed. They have at times struggled in business, and through persistence, skill and learning had well-deserved success. Many Mentors themselves were given help and support by others who assisted them to avoid mistakes and gain knowledge that saved them valuable time and money. This insight and recognition to the benefit and value of mentoring makes them, in turn, great Mentors.

Our Business Mentors are as diverse as the business people we support. With generalist and specialist business skills made available by almost 2000 Mentors nationally, our Mentor Coordinators work alongside the Mentors and the Mentees to ensure they are a good match and have a productive and rewarding mentoring relationship.


Our Team

We are a committed, passionate group of people focused on helping small business owners succeed, for the betterment of businesses and the communities they directly impact.

Sarah Trotman

Sarah Trotman

Chief Executive

We are thrilled to have Sarah Trotman, ONZM re-join our team as Chief Executive of Business Mentors New Zealand. Sarah has had her own businesses over many years and has been a strong advocate for business owners throughout her career. She previously held the role of Chief Executive of Business Mentors New Zealand between 2000 – 2003, when she grew the service to a point where we were mentoring 5,000 business owners per year. I'm looking forward to exploring how we, as an organisation, can further support our small business community. 

Maddy Fistonich

Maddy Fistonich

Marketing & Projects Executive

Maddy graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Event Management and a minor in Public Relations. She joined our team in February 2019 from her big OE in London. She has taken on the role of Marketing & Projects Executive and is responsible for creating and coordinating the yearly events, marketing campaigns and leading projects. In her free time, Maddy enjoys entertaining her friends, travelling and spending time on the beautiful Waiheke Island.

Kimberly Tarei

Kimberly Tarei

National Agency Coordinator

Kimi joined the team in October 2020 and is a passionate about developing strong and meaningful professional relationships. She studied a Bachelor of Communications at the University of Waikato, where she majored in Management Communication and minored in Event Management and Social Policy. Kimi is thrilled to be part of such a strong and passionate team and is looking forward to injecting a fresh perspective to the National Agency Coordinator role. Outside of work, Kimi likes to spend her time playing for her football club, reading, travelling and wining and dining with family and friends.

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Holly Dragt

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Holly graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2019 after completing a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Public Relations. Holly came to Business Mentors New Zealand in October 2020 and is excited to be working in a small but mighty team. As Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Holly assists with the production of marketing materials, overseeing our social media accounts and written communications. When she’s not in the office, Holly loves going out with friends and family, dancing and days out in the sun.

June Robinson

June Robinson

Auckland Agency Manager

June joined Business Mentors New Zealand in 2019, bringing her extensive knowledge from a diverse and successful career within the not-for-profit, education and recruitment sectors. June’s areas of expertise are business and stakeholder relationship development, managing client relationships and partner engagement and support, which makes her perfect for managing Auckland’s Mentor/Mentee matches. June is passionate about delivering services and solutions that truly enhance New Zealander's lives.

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