Executive Committee

Jamie Foley

Jamie Foley - BDO

I joined TYP when I was new to New Plymouth to bring people together to build a strong network of young people, with the aim to promote personal growth.
Outside of TYP, I work as an Accountant at BDO, New Plymouth.

Portia Smith

Portia Smith - PwC


Portia has found TYP to be an inviting and thought-provoking environment where she has learnt many skills useful to life as a young worker.
This was all she hoped for, and more.
Having benefited so greatly from this, she has decided to pay it forward by joining the committee in order to develop TYP further.

While on the clock she works as an Associate Accountant at PwC in the Financial Advisory Services team.
In her spare time she has developed a keen eye for photography and a keen palate as an aspiring food critic.

Heinrich Swartz - Van Dyck Fine Foods

Business Events

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Heinrich’s family moved to Taranaki in 1999 after falling in love with the region. Heinrich considers himself a local lad and moved back to New Plymouth in 2014 after graduating with a Marketing degree from Victoria University.

He joined TYP as he saw it as a great opportunity to meet with other young professionals and business leaders based around the region. Heinrich is planning to add a good mix of insightful and hands on business events to the TYP calendar this year.

Heinrich currently works as the marketing creative for the premium pancake brand Marcel’s based in Bell Block. Creating fresh content for social media, designing marketing materials and organising events & trade shows are just a few things he does at Marcel’s.

Outside of work you will find Heinrich having a cold one or two with friends at Freddie’s, playing fetch at the park with his bulldog, working on a project around the house or watching basketball.

Ella Hawthorne - Judd Opticians

William Johnston - Taranaki Rugby Football Union

Business Events

Will is a passionate Taranaki man and grew up in the region and settled back to New Plymouth after completing his communications degree from Canterbury in 2013.

He finally joins the TYP after being persuaded by members of the group and admits it is a great way to meet new people and develop skills along the way. Will comes on board joining Heinrich organising the business events and brings enthusiasm and dedication to the role.

Outside of the TYP, Will has a background in media and communications and currently works for the Taranaki Rugby Football Union as a Referee Education Officer and Communications Executive. He is actively involved in rugby as a representative referee and contracts himself out as a freelance broadcaster involved in The Most FM radio station and MCs and commentates at sporting events. He has an extensive list of contacts throughout the business and sporting community which will add value to the group.

Adding to his degree, Will has a post graduate diploma in marketing.

Louise Hunt

Louise Hunt - Lushington


Louise is your go to person if you want to know what is happening in the TYP scene.
Joining as a way to network and meet people in different industries, she quickly fell in love with what TYP had to offer.
The ultility and enjoyment attained from the mix of Social and Business events held each month has drawn her to become a member of the team that creates the aforementioned fantastic events.

In 2018 she takes on the committee role of Membership, hoping to continue reach the young working crowd of Taranaki to allow them to benefit from all the society has to offer.

Outside of TYP, Louise is the Sales and Marketing Manager at Lushington Jackets.
She has two Jack Russels.

Amanda Cooper - AccessAbility

Vice President/Secretary

Amanda has felt the benefit of being a TYP member for the last few years and thought the time was right to step up her commitment by joining the committee. She is looking forward to the experience and working with her fellow committee members to continue providing Taranaki with fantastic social, business and networking events for young professionals.

Amanda fills up her leisure time with sewing night class, a puke ariki book group, volunteering for DOC and going to documentaries at the Len Lye cinema. For the last few years she has been working as a Helpdesk Analyst and in 2019 I am studying towards my Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching.

Natalie Waugh - Natalie Waugh Photographer

Samantha (Sam) Loveridge - Timeless Beauty

Laura Campbell - Puke Ariki, New Plymouth District Council