Our Advisors

As part of our commitment to growing capabilities of our companies, we have assembled a small, core team of Advisors who we can utilise for their comprehensive knowledge and skills within their niche sector.

Our Advisors bring domain expertise and a thorough understanding of our target industries from a  commercial perspective.  They have first-hand experience in building strong and successful management teams and recognised proficiency in building and growing companies from the ground up.

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Peter Tinholt

Peter Tinholt

Peter Tinholt brings over 15 years of Senior Executive Management Experience in leading manufacturing businesses including Taura Natural Ingredients, Delmaine Fine Foods, CadburySchweppes and Mother Earth with most of his roles requiring restructuring and re-focusing of the organisation.  Through being an active participant in a number of merger, acquisition and sale processes ranging from $3 million to over $100 million, Peter offers enthusiastic professionalism with a drive to explore opportunities and deliver success.

Passionate about New Zealand and the growth and contribution of the value added export sector, Peter has a successful track record of adding value and delivering both top and bottom line growth to businesses.  His extensive Governance experience has produced a strong strategic thinker, prepared to ask tough questions and contribute actively in driving strategy which makes him an ideal fit for WNT Ventures Management as a key advisor.

Dr Robert Powell

Dr Robert Powell

Following training as a Biochemist at the University of Otago, Rob furthered his career as a Research Scientist/Faculty member in Maryland, USA.  Due to burgeoning passion in entrepreneurship Rob earned a MBA and has gained practical experience in the USA and NZ over the last decade in opportunity identification, valuation and commercialisation.  During his career Rob has held the roles of University Industrial Liaison, VP of a VC firm and interim-COO and CSO in VC start-ups.

Rob's company, Powell Biotech was established in 2000 to provide life sciences consulting services to investors and inventors.  With his wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of due diligence on R&D proposals, IP and Licensing, we value the depth and analytical detail of the reports Rob provides and continue to utilise his expertise on an ongoing basis.

Scott Houston

Scott Houston

Scott Houston was the founder and CEO of GreenButton, an award winning global cloud computing software company.  GreenButton was acquired by Microsoft in May 2014 and Scott now works with other Hi-Tech companies that are expanding offshore.  During his time at GreenButton the company won many accolades including NZ Emerging Hi-Tech company of the year, Fastest Growing Tech company in the Deloitte Fast 500 along with a number of Innovation awards.  Scott was also a finalist in the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in 2012 and named an "Innovation Hero" by the Innovation Council in 2015.

Previous to his time at GreenButton, Scott was the NZ Regional Manager for Silicon Graphics, Chief Technical Officer at Weta Digital for the "Lord of the Rings" movies and Founder of the New Zealand Supercomputing Centre.

Scott is now the Managing Director of Cloud 10, a cloud consultancy company.  He also sits on the board of Cambridge based NYRIAD, Wellington based software company LINQ, ARANZ Geo - a Christchurch based geological software mining company, the Wellington ICT Grad School and is a NZTE Beachheads advisor.