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    We are pleased to announce that we’ve appointed a second board member from the applicants that came through our crowdsourcing process, Melanie Templeton (pictured on the right above). With over 100 applicants the decision was far from easy, but Melanie wowed our board with her experience and passion.

    Melanie first heard about PledgeMe at a Global Women’s event that Anna spoke at. Since then, she’s been watching our progress.

    She is an experienced senior commercial manager and leader, with a track record of leading the development and implementation of successful business strategies both locally and internationally. She’s also an avid organic gardener.

    She has done everything from running her own award winning restaurants in Wellington in the mid nineties to being an accredited Business Mentor with BMNZ to being an “accidental banker”. Mel is currently Interim Group Executive, Direct Banking, for Rabobank Australia and New Zealand Group. However from mid June, she will take up a new role as Commercial Director of fledgling agri-tech company Regen NZ Ltd, as she continues her personal leadership intent to help people, businesses and community create a more prosperous New Zealand.

    Let’s hear from her:

    New Zealand is a hotbed of talented entrepreneurs and I am so pleased to have the opportunity to bring my experience to the table and work with a trailblazer like Anna Guenther and PledgeMe.

    “Helping Kiwis fund the things they care about” is such a tangible and purposeful pillar for a company to springboard from, and I have so much respect for the way in which PledgeMe stays true to is purpose as it has evolved over its first few years.

    She’s excited to help us not only grow PledgeMe, but help us with reviewing our policies, strengthening our brand position (with Jessica’s help), and rolling her sleeves up to help make more Kiwis fund the things they care about.


    1. Fantastic! I have heard Melanie speak in the past and know what a terrific asset she will be to PledgeMe. I am chuffed about this!

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