Auckland-based business growth centre, The Icehouse, is welcoming two influential figures to its board. Lindsay Zwart, Chief Enterprise Director at One NZ (formerly Vodafone New Zealand), and Steven Joyce, ex-Finance Minister and Minister of Economic Development, are joining the team as the organisation marks 21 years of positively influencing midsize businesses in Aotearoa.
"We're excited to have Steven and Lindsay join the already strong board. Our impact-driven team and board are our secret sauce that allows The Icehouse midsize business community to grow, learn, and thrive," said Chairman David Downs. He believes the new members will bring valuable skills and a national perspective, enhancing the organisation's reputation for maximising impact for local business leaders.
Over 4,000 NZ businesses have experienced significant growth, seeing a 2.5x boost, through The Icehouse programmes, notably the flagship Owner Manager Programme.
Steven Joyce, whose early career as the founder and CEO of RadioWorks gave way to a successful political tenure, lauds the Icehouse's role in the midsize business sector. "The Icehouse is a respected and trusted partner that delivers real impact with these growing companies," he said. Joyce emphasised his interest in seeing the organisation further assist business leaders and, by extension, the wider economy during these challenging times.
Lindsay Zwart, whose company One NZ has partnered with The Icehouse in the past, shares Joyce's enthusiasm. "I have seen how business leaders benefit from the training and advice they provide," she said. "As a charity, I know The Icehouse is there for the long-term benefit of New Zealanders."
The new board members join David Downs, Anne Catley, Nicole Buisson, Simon Bennett, and Wendy Kerr, along with the management team led by CEO Growth, Liz Wotherspoon. In addition, Joyce will join the board of Icehouse Ventures, the venture capital company majority-owned by The Icehouse.