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Bryce Barnett

Executive Director at Augusta Capital 

Bryce is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Property Institute of New Zealand. He began his career in the Inland Revenue before becoming the Chief Accountant of the Moller Group of Companies in 1980. From there he joined General Properties Consolidation Limited as the Managing Director involved in property development and investment throughout New Zealand. In 1989 Bryce became the General Manager of MacDow Properties, a subsidiary of the McConnell Dowell Corporate. Bryce was responsible for that company’s development and investment activity throughout New Zealand. In 1993 Bryce established KCL Property. KCL Property was acquired by Augusta Funds Management in April 2014.

Bryce is Executive Director and a shareholder of the publicly listed company Augusta Capital, Chairman and Trustee of the Taranaki Helicopter Trust, Trustee of the National Military Heritage Charitable Trust and the Chairman of the Puke Ariki Charitable Development Trust. Bryce lives in New Plymouth.


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Philip Macey 

Director at Staples Rodway Taranaki 

Philip's background was originally based strongly around farming, and being from the Waikato there was a focus towards Bloodstock and Dairy farming. Prior to joining the firm and whilst completing his education in 1995 he previously trained racehorses and managed a restaurant. Philip has managed our business services division for many years but of recent years has headed our human resource department as well as managing a large accounting client base. Philip also established our accounting software team and has strong interest in business development and strategic planning. His numerous outside of work interests, such as classic car racing, farming and horse racing provide him with work life balance and pragmatic approach to business.



Michelle Jordan 

GM Business, Partnerships & Skills at Venture Taranaki  

With a background in marketing, business support and project management, Michelle heads up Venture Taranaki’s business services and support team in the role of GM – Business, Partnerships and Skills.  Michelle’s diverse role spans the development and delivery of Venture Taranaki’s business start-up, advisory and growth services through to its research and development support, talent services and its innovation activity.  Michelle gets a ‘kick’ out of connecting, assisting and supporting Taranaki entrepreneurs and businesses in achieving their goals and aspirations, and is looking forward to seeing what Startup Weekend 2018 throws up.