Our Board

Magic Memories enjoys a strong governance and leadership structure.

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Phil Veal

Chairman/ Non-Executive Director

Phil Veal is the elected Chair of the Magic Memories' Board and sits in one of two Pioneer Capital seats on the Board.

Phil is a business leader and investor and was recently Chief Executive of Rangatira, a private investment company. Prior to Rangatira, Phil ran New York-based M&A consulting company PIPC.

Phil is Global Chair of Kea, New Zealand's global talent network. He started his career as a civil engineer working on major capital projects in Asia and Europe.

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John Wikstrom

Executive Director & Founder

John Wikstrom co-founded Magic Memories in his 2nd year out of university with Stu Norris back in 1994. He is a proud New Zealander, born in the deep South, and gained a degree in Marketing from Otago University.

A graduate of the Icehouse programme for owners and managers. A member of the NZ Institute of Directors, he continues to prove how the right application of design and technology to personalized products and experiences can add value to the entire leisure industry, improving the guest participation, extending attractions' brands via social sharing, and increasing total transactions and revenue.

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Kathy Meads

Non-executive Independent Director

Kathy is a professional independent director and is currently serving on six boards. She has extensive governance, commercial and financial experience and has held senior executive positions with Telecom/ConnecTel, Ngai Tahu Holdings Corporation and Lyttelton Port of Christchurch.

In addition to Magic Memories, Kathy is a Director of Enable Services/Networks Ltd, NZPM Group Ltd, Port Taranaki Ltd, Shipowners Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association (Luxembourg) and Transpower NZ Ltd. Kathy is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committees for each of these entities.

Kathy holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury. She is a Fellow Chartered Accountant of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

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Craig Styris

Non-Executive Director

Craig Styris is a non-executive Director and an Investment Director at Pioneer Capital, a growth equity investor in New Zealand businesses expanding into large international markets.

Craig is a Director of several fast-growing, internationally focused businesses.