What We Stand For

Our goal is simple: grow and strengthen leaders of the businesses of New Zealand. Through our network of almost 2,000 highly-accomplished volunteer Mentors, we personally assist startup founders and executives in meeting their professional goals, executing winning growth strategies and building companies that last.

Our Mentor network represents many lifetimes of critical business acumen and rare, hard-won knowledge, making us the leading provider of Mentoring services to small businesses and social enterprises in New Zealand.

Our Network

We work through a wide network of Mentor Coordinators, based at our Regional Business Partners (RBPs). These partners perform several vital functions, which include:

  • Matching the right clients with the right Mentors, ensuring perfect alignment between Mentor experience and our clients’ needs and goals.
  • Curating an amazing experience for both clients and Mentors.
  • Learning each Mentor’s skills and preferences in depth to set the stage for fruitful and enduring Mentor-Mentee relationships.


Agency Contacts

Our Mentors

Our talented Mentors are united by their extraordinary desire to help their fellow entrepreneurs and business leaders succeed.

Many of our Mentors are accomplished executives and veterans in their fields. They bring to the table hard-won knowledge of what works in business and what doesn't, as well as offering a supportive ear and sound advice.

We also work with younger Mentors who are currently successful business owners. They offer fresh energy and insights about what moves the needle for businesses today, and are eager to help their peers blow past professional barriers - big and small.


Our Team

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

We're led by our CEO Craig Garner, who has extensive experience in a wide range of industries relevant to mentoring and business development — including advertising, sales, information and communication technologies (ICT), and adult education. Under Craig’s guidance is a diverse team of skilled professionals, who use their talents and gifts to serve business owners across the country.


Craig Garner

Chief Executive

Craig was appointed Chief Executive of Business Mentors New Zealand in June 2018. He comes with a wealth of experience, having worked in a variety of business sectors including engineering, advertising, sales and marketing, ICT and adult education. Craig was introduced to BMNZ in 2001 while he was CEO of the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce, an agency servicing the Bay of Plenty regions mentoring service delivery. Craig has held senior management and board positions with a diverse range of organisations, including not-for-profits, with much of his work focused on adult education, communications and business development. Outside work Craig dabbles in various artistic mediums, loves travelling and recently obtained a handcrafted copper alembic still.


Anastasia Donnachaidh

Programmes Coordinator

Anastasia joined the team at Business Mentors in March 2018 after completing her Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Auckland. She brings a fresh perspective on business and is responsible for supporting our regional mentor coordinators, mentors and clients. Anastasia is thrilled to have begun her career with an organisation that is focused on supporting local business owners and start-ups throughout New Zealand. Outside of work, Anastasia enjoys the Auckland food scene, trying out new restaurants and going to local markets on weekends.

Maddy Fistonich

Maddy Fistonich

Events and Projects Coordinator

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


Adette Gonzales

Executive Assistant

Adette joined Business Mentors New Zealand in October 2018 as Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive. She completed Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Economics at the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines in 1995 and has worked in various companies including banks, financial institutions and the Department of Labour. Adette has extensive experience in team management, banking and finance, customer service and office administration. Adette loves to spend her time outside work with her family and expresses her love to them through her cooking and constant support.


Helen Garner

Learning & Development

An experienced mentor, trainer and certified MBTI practitioner, Helen leads our Effective Mentoring workshops. With several years of involvement with Business Mentors NZ as a local Agent (Tauranga), National Delivery Manager (New Zealand) and a volunteer Business Mentor, Helen brings to our collective learning an in-depth understanding of the many perspectives within the service. Not to mention, small business is part of Helen’s DNA. A small business owner herself, Helen grew up in family-owned businesses and knows first-hand the importance of this sector to the health, wealth, and wellbeing of our local communities, and she is passionate in her support for it. Away from the professional world, Helen likes to eat, drink, embark on adventures and be merry.

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