Our People 

Grow Wellington consists of a network of advisors in key business and sector areas.
Our aim is to help businesses in the greater Wellington region grow and become world class.
Please select from the category options below to find key people in your area of interest.

Go To:

Business Growth

Matthieu Carrere

Matthieu Carrere

Business Growth Team Lead

Tel: +64 4 382 0099
Focusing on the area of investment into research and development, Matthieu is committed to helping businesses expand in the advancing area of technology. Matthieu helps companies to access Research and Development (R&D) funding and is always on the look-out for innovative organisations developing products or enhancing new ones with a drive to become internationally competitive.

Born and raised in the south of France, Matthieu completed his Masters of Engineering and worked as a project manager in Europe, Asia, and North America. He has a wealth of experience in both technical and business-development roles in India and the Middle East.

Matthieu lives in Wellington with his family and enjoys mountain biking and trips to one of the region’s beaches for a swim in the warmer months.
Aaron Mcleigh

Aaron Mcleigh

Business Growth Manager

Tel: +64 4 382 0099
Aaron works in business growth across the region specialising in food and beverage and manufacturing sectors.

Having had over 20 years’ experience in business including operating his own food and beverage business, Aaron can identify with the needs of business owners and has the knowledge to help them achieve their goals.

Aaron enjoys the outstanding eateries in the greater Wellington region. His goal is to spread the message that Wellington is the best region to live and work in New Zealand.
Allison  Ralph-Smith

Allison Ralph-Smith

Business Growth Manager & Innovation Specialist

Tel: +64 4 382 0099
Allison is part of the Research and Development Investment team helping businesses access R&D funding that best fits their requirements. She also works to facilitate the process of application to make for the best possible outcome.

Allison has an extensive background in commercial sales, account management and key client relationships. She has experience in the commercial furniture industry working for large manufacturing firms through to high-end boutique businesses. Allison also spent two years working in the Wellington film industry.

Living in the Hutt Valley region of Wellington with its close proximity to beaches, rivers and native bush, Allison feels spoilt for choice with ways to enjoy her free time with family.
Claire  Faulk

Claire Faulk

Business Growth Manager

Tel: +64 4 382 0099
Claire actively engages with high growth information and communications technology (ICT) businesses in the Wellington region and those companies with the potential to reach high growth. She is focused on building the capability of her clients, through identifying action plans, recommending appropriate business referrals and identifying pathways to support growth in export and innovation.

Having had experience working for a usability software provider, Claire understands the challenges and opportunities available to local businesses who present themselves to the world via the internet. Claire has extensive experience in business development with New Zealand Trade & Enterprise and the former Positively Wellington Business. She is a passionate advocate for cloud based solutions and the Wellington ICT community’s unique entrepreneurial spirit.

Claire has lived in Auckland, London, Singapore, Frankfurt and Florida but loves the vibrancy and big-city feel of Wellington and the varied weekend escapes the region offers her family.