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Marlborough Business Excellence Awards

Get to know the Judges


Vance Kerslake | Chair at MDC's Smart + Connected Labour & Skills 

Vance works with the Marlborough Regional Skills Leadership Group to identify and support better ways of meeting future skills and workforce needs in the region. Vance has spent half of his career in the private sector and the other half working for government in the UK and New Zealand. As well as working for large government, research and marketing organisations Vance has owned his own research company and co-owned craft brewer Rascal’s Beer. He is chair of Marlborough District Council’s Smart + Connected Labour & Skills group and a former Trustee of the Marlborough Sustainable Housing Trust.

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Warren McNabb

Mark Unwin | Economic Development at MDC, Director at Centrapay, Director at Cordall Manufacturing, Director at Socially Good Enterprises

Mark comes from an entrepreneurial and business background, and among other things in his career, owned payments company Viaduct which was sold to Smartpay. Mark is currently Director of Cordall (a manufacturing and development company specialising in braided bungee, cord, plastic, and elastic).

As well as his active involvement with Borough Wine, Mark is the Chair for another not-for-profit organisation board, Ski Rainbow. He also serves on the board of AIM - Angel Investors Marlborough – which was established to educate and raise awareness of capital markets as they relate to early stage investment and to increase the availability of early stage capital for the wider benefit and prosperity of the Marlborough community.



Warren McNabb | Renewable Energy Developer, Early Stage Investor, Governance and Strategy

Warren’s background is in law and infrastructure and utility investment banking in New Zealand and Canada. Since returning to New Zealand in 2004, he divides his time between renewable energy development (as a partner in a community scale wind farm developer), carbon farming as an investor in native and exotic forestry, governance roles across energy and infrastructure companies and private capital investment across the startup, private equity and private debt markets.


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