Our Programme Team

Tayla Jury

- Pinnacle Assistant

Tayla Jury

- Pinnacle Assistant

Tayla Jury has been in the Hyundai NZ family since 2014 starting in the Ambassador team before moving into a split role as the Hyundai Marketing Co-ordinator and the Pinnacle Programme Assistant. Passionate about music and drama, Tayla has a Bachelor in Communications majoring in television. She loves working with people and making a difference to young New Zealanders.

Bernice Mene

- Pinnacle Manager

Bernice Mene

- Pinnacle Manager

A former athlete, languages teacher and Silver Fern Netball Captain, Bernice’s passion is developing youth. Previously working across a range of industries, from education to sport to media, Bernice has been employed on numerous government projects as well as television presenting and keynote speaking.


Pinnacle Champions

Adam Hall

Adam Hall

Pinnacle Programme Graduate and Paralympian gold medal slalom racer Adam Hall’s determination is endless. His story is one of high work ethic, defying odds and never giving up. Recently named the 2014 World Cup Over-all Crystal Globe Slalom Champion, Adam continues to set and achieve his goals. www.adamhall.co.nz

Mike Allsop

Mike Allsop

Airline pilot, Everest mountaineer, adventurer and dedicated family man - Mike Allsop is an ordinary person proving that anybody can accomplish extraordinary things. This champion of the Pinnacle Programme inspires audiences to aim high, work hard and to push themselves to their limits. www.mikeallsop.co.nz


Selection Panel

Peter Nation

Peter Nation

Growing up on a large sheep and beef property in the Turakina Valley in the Rangitikei district, Peter spent most of his holidays either helping out on the farm or in the family sawmill. Peter spent over twenty five years in the banking industry, working primarily in rural towns and regions, holding positions of Bank Manager and Regional Rural Manager before a career change took him into the agricultural industry in 2004. He was Gallagher’s National Sales Manager for 11 years. With a post-graduate diploma in Banking and a graduate of the Kellogg Rural Leadership programme, Peter is also a Fellow of the Banking & Insurance Institute and a member of the NZ Institute of Directors. A Past Chair, Trustee and Treasurer of the NZ Farm Environment Award Trust, Peter held these various positions over a 10-year period, having been on the inaugural management team that set this very prestigious organisation up nationally. Having devoted his entire life to supporting rural New Zealand, Peter believes that without the agribusiness sector, New Zealand would not be held in the high esteem it is now on the world stage.”

Darren Kirkland

Darren Kirkland

Darren Kirkland is the Managing Director & co-founder of Krunch.co, a leading digital transformation agency. He is an experienced general, sales and marketing executive with a career spanning across telecoms, technology, automotive and digital business consulting.

Peter Urlich

Peter Urlich

NZ music legend Peter Urlich has many strings to his bow. The one-time front man of iconic rock band, Th’ Dudes,helped to create the star-making reality series “Popstars” which started a worldwide reality TV trend and currently is one half of famous DJ team, Nice’n’Urlich. Peter also sings everything from Sinatra to the Stones with his band, the Peter Urlich Swingin’ Sextet.

Peter Talyancich

Peter Talyancich

Petar Talyancich is the managing director of EZGO NZ a company that specialises in light duty electric vehicles such as baggage tug's, electric utilities and golf carts. Peter has worked in the company near on 30 years and electric, sustainable, clean and green is what EZGO NZ is built on. He has a keen interest in all sports and mostly in rugby, league, fishing and golf. Golf being a part of EZGO NZ product means his enjoyment of the game continues with many a round of golf throughout NZ and further afield. He sits on the board of CBGC, The NZ golf managers association and the NZ Golf Industry council. These roles are something that helps him give back to the sport, community and to help shape the future for the next generation of kiwi athletes such as Lydia Ko, Danny Lee and Ryan Fox. Charity is a important part of EZGO NZ and Pete's personality. Giving back wherever possible is something he is very proud of and will always try anywhere and everywhere if there is an opportunity to support someone or something especially children and those less fortunate than your average kiwi. Peter has been very lucky to have had solid mentors that have strengthened his principles and value's and understands the importance of people and the 'team'. He is very happily married with 2 young daughters that all love to travel and explore new places and different experiences. Coming aboard with The Pinnacle Programme is another step in giving something back that Peter is very excited about. WORK HARD PLAY HARD.

Julia Bryant

Julia Bryant

Julia Bryant is in charge of ensuring Spirit of New Zealand is full with youth from all around NZ. With the aim to ensure, each voyage is geographically, demographically and culturally mixed. With a Bachelor in Education, and all roles that have led to this, having a youth development theme Julia is right at home working with young people who are passionate. Julia is a strong believer in experiential learning, which is evident in the way she works and lives her life.


Advisory Board

Storm Uru

Storm Uru

Storm Uru is a graduate from the original Pinnacle Programme which was set up for elite Sportspeople to excel to be the very best on the World stage. Storm was a two time rowing Olympian with a bronze medal at the London Olympics. While competing internationally, Storm completed a double degree. After retiring from international rowing, Storm moved to the UK to complete an MBA at Oxford University and is now working at Neptune in London but is passionate about youth development in New Zealand.

Andy Sinclair

Andy Sinclair

Hailing from a Manawatu farming family, Andy Sinclair attended Feilding Agricultural High School before qualifying as a mechanical engineer. Over a period of 13 years, Andy concurrently owned and operated three mechanical workshops in the Manawatu. He broadened his business resume buying and developing an olive grove in the Wairarapa, whilst running a Hyundai dealership over a 5 years period. In February 2010, Andy joined Hyundai motors New Zealand Limited in Auckland as Retail Sales Manager. He was promoted to National Sales Manager in August of the same year, then to General Manager in March 2012. Outside Hyundai, Andy is a keen sportsman having played club rugby in the past, now is just a keen supporter. He enjoys most being involved in his children's sporting and professional endeavours and because of this, has a real empathy with the Pinnacle Programme

Jo Clayton

Jo Clayton

Jo Clayton is a Director of Acumen International where she advises CEO’s and senior executive teams and facilitates strategic planning processes with client companies. 
Jo is an associate of The Boardroom Practice Ltd where she provides board effectiveness reviews and works with SME’s to improve their governance practices. Her work currently includes a number of boards and advisory boards. 
Jo also works with The Icehouse at the University of Auckland University Business School on their programmes for Owners and Managers of established businesses. She has held a number of governance roles in the past, has an MBA and a Bachelor of Education.

Richard Giltrap

Richard Giltrap

Richard has been in the automotive industry since the age of 18. Starting at an Auckland Retail Dealership, Richard progressed from Retail Sales to Sales Manager and then later to General Manager. Currently Richard is Joint Managing Director of the Giltrap Group of Companies and is responsible for all wholesale and distribution facets of the company. Richard is a Director of Hyundai New Zealand and held the role of President for the New Zealand Motor Industry Association from 2002 to 2006. Richard is 43 years of age, married to Sarah and has three children: Sophie, Marco and Harriette. Richard is a keen follower of all motorsports, rugby, mountain biking, hockey and Alpine skiing.

Howard Spencer

Howard Spencer

Howard has been with Hyundai since 2001 and the Managing Director of Hyundai Motors New Zealand since 2007, guiding Hyundai to its strong position in the marketplace. Howard enjoys building great brands and teams and is a firm believer that people make the difference; there are very few successful companies without a great team culture. Having been involved in the Pinnacle Programme’s creation, Howard takes great satisfaction in assisting young people who display raw talent and supporting them on their journey to reaching their full potential to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Sir Graham Henry

Sir Graham Henry

Graham Henry is one of the most successful rugby coaches of all time: He coached the All Blacks to 88 wins in 103 Tests for a winning percentage of 85.4 percent. As well as winning Rugby World Cup 2011, the All Blacks have held the Bledisloe Cup every year since 2003, won the Investec Tri Nations five times and achieved three Grand Slams against the Northern Hemisphere Home Unions. Graham is married to Raewyn, they have 3 children and 5 grand children. Graham was in the education sector for 25 years with his final position as Principal of Kelson Boys High School 1987-1996 He was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2012 New Year Honours, services to rugby.

Simon Peterson

Simon Peterson

Simon is currently the CEO of Rowing New Zealand, Chairman of the Pinnacle Programme and a member of the NZ Institute of Directors. Prior to his appointment at Rowing New Zealand he spent nine years as CEO of Sport Auckland and was Chairman of Paralympics New Zealand during the Athens and Beijing Paralympics campaigns. He has 20 years of experience in sport management and was on the International Development Committee for the International Paralympic movement. In his younger days, Simon played first class cricket for Auckland and was a professional cricket coach for six years. Simon is happily married and has two young children and enjoys living an active lifestyle.

Ngapera Riley

Ngapera Riley

Formerly the Global Director of the World Class New Zealand Network for Kea, Ngapera has joined data agency Figure NZ as Deputy CEO. Ngapera has previously worked for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, The Ministry of Health, The University of Auckland, MIT and works closely with Maori business and education efforts across New Zealand. She currently holds board positions with the Inzone Education Foundation, Figure NZ and the Te Ohu Whai Ao Trust and is passionate about working with young people to help give them opportunities to reach their potential.


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