The 2019 Ignite Wanaka Business Awards were judged by a panel of independent and highly-qualified business people who all reside in the region.

Wayne Hudson (Convenor of the Judging Panel) 

Wayne Hudson has spent the last 30 years focusing on the technology sector, advising clients on commercialising intellectual property, buying and selling tech businesses, capital-raising and structuring start-ups.  He is a legal consultant through his company WHIPIT Ltd, which assists technology start-ups prepare for growth, investment and sale.  Wayne is also a trustee of Startup Queenstown Lakes and Alpine Community Development Trust, as well as being a mentor for several small business owners in Wanaka.


Anne Urlwin

Wanaka resident Anne Urlwin is a professional director with executive and governance experience across a range of sectors from energy, infrastructure, construction, IT, health and financial services.  Her current directorship roles include Tilt Renewables, Summerset Group Holdings, Steel & Tube Holdings and OnePath Life.  She is also Deputy Chairman of Southern Response Earthquake Services and the Independent Chairman of Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu’s Audit & Risk Committee.  She is a former chairman of national commercial construction group Naylor Love Construction and of the NZ Blood Service.


Mark Verbiest

Mark is an experienced company director, currently serving on the board of Freightways (Chairman), Meridian Energy (Chairman elect, due to assume this role on October 17, 2019), ANZ Bank NZ, and PE fund Willis Bond Capital Partners (Chairman). Mark is also a member of the advisory board to NZ Treasury, a Trustee of the Festival of Colour and the Southern Alps Rescue Trust (fund which supports Wanaka search and rescue). Mark has a law degree and has previously been Chairman of Spark and a board member of the FMA.

Ann Lockhart

With 20 years’ experience in senior management roles across both the private and public sectors, Ann Lockhart has played a significant role in growing New Zealand businesses. Previously CEO for the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce, Ann is currently CEO for Great South, Southland’s newly established Regional Development Agency, a member of the board for Destination Queenstown, a trustee of the Wakatipu Community Trust and former Board member of the Otago Conservation Board.  Ann is a disputes resolution mediator and resides in Wanaka.