About us

Visa Wellington On a Plate (Visa WOAP) is cooked up for you by the Wellington Culinary Events Trust (WCET). The WCET works with WellingtonNZ (Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency) and Avenues Event Management to deliver the Festival and are also responsible for bringing you Beervana and Highball. 

The Team


Sarah Meikle

Festival Director 

Angela Fisher

Finance Manager

Brandie Stephens

Office Support Coordinator

Marketing & Communications

Melissa Davey 

Head of Marketing and Communications

For media enquiries please contact media@wellingtononaplate.com 

JoAnne Carr

Communications & PR Manager

Clèm Rebouillat

Digital & Content Coordinator

Lizi Oldham

Campaign Manager

Programming & Events

Beth Brash 

Head of Programming and Events

Alice McEnaney

Programme & Events Coordinator

Ryan McArthur

Beervana Manager

Riki Carter

Highball Manager


Andrew Castle

Sponsorship Manager



Visa Wellington On a Plate is dedicated to prudent governance and management. The festival is governed under the guidance of the WCET.

The Trust Board comprises: Grant Maxwell (Chair), Mike Egan, Sarah Wickens, Terry Shubkin, James Bennie, David Perks (WREDA Observer), Paul Sinclair, Sarah Meikle and Jamie Tuuta.

Advisory and Curating Committee

The Advisory Committee provides the festival team with Dine Wellington and Festival Event selection advice and to act as a "sounding board" for future festival developments and improvements. Meetings are coordinated based on the specific requirements of the festival.

Work with us!

We will be posting about any job opportunities in this space.

Want to join the team? Please email us and let us know how you can help the Visa Welly On a Plate team!