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.

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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. Sarah looks 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.

Holly Dragt

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.

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Brook Tracey

Business Services Coordinator

Brook is excited to be working for a Non-Profit Organisation that does amazing work for the small business community. Brook graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science focused on sustainability and economics. Her role with Business Mentors as a Business Services Coordinator and Virtual Champion is to provide a high level of support to the Chief Executive and the wider BMNZ team and to answer customer service inquiries. As a Virtual Champion, Brook oversees the matching and mentoring of the virtual mentors and engages with all BMNZ Mentors available for virtual mentoring. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and pet sitting.

Loren Christ

Loren Christ

Mentor Champion

Loren graduated from the University of Auckland in 2019 after completing a Bachelor of Arts. As Mentor Champion, Loren puts our Mentors at the heart of everything she does, ensuring they have the resources and tools to help business owners succeed. In her spare time, she enjoys games nights with friends, playing netball, and exploring beautiful New Zealand.

June Robinson

June Robinson

Auckland Mentor 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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