The short version - Manage was founded in 2011 by our Managing Director Martin Wouters, a former accountant who was frustrated at the disparity, and lack of transparency in the ACC system.
The final straw came when Martin discovered that most New Zealand businesses over-pay in ACC levies, and even worse - they have no idea. Realising a real need to get this information in front of businesses owners and to create change, he decided to do something about it.
And so it began - Manage was established, and many years were spent nurturing relationships, gaining trust, and helping people to manage their risk and create savings. Manage quickly became an advocate, and the go-to ‘ACC people’ for businesses all around the country.
As time has passed we have carefully brought together people at the top of their game to ensure our clients receive the best quality service. Not only are these people full to the brim of invaluable knowledge, they also share the same genuine desire to help New Zealand businesses.
We are: You can think of us as the Jack Russell of the compliance world. We’re small (though growing rapidly) and we’re mighty. We’re loyal and tenacious, but we’re also not afraid to create our own path, or challenge the rules so to speak.
We have the enthusiasm of a start up company, and the professional experience of an old established law firm.
We are not box tickers, nor the computer-says-no types. We are proactive solution-finding types. We want you to walk away from us in a better position than when you came to us.
Now you know a little about us, we’d love to know more about you…
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I recently read a very good article about being guilty of loving your product and not your customer. As an organisation we look after more than 2,300 ACC accounts and impact many more through our numerous stakeholders. The question I ask myself is how are we adding value to these businesses and to our partners across our four brands?
I believe the answer lies in part with freely sharing our knowledge and expertise in the wider ACC space which we do through numerous seminars, expos and through our newsletter. There is more we can and will do including increasing the editorials we write, webinars, podcasts, blogs, etc.
It is also about driving a focused ACC advocacy campaign that impacts and benefits the wider NZ business community. We have had amazing results to date (click here) and have a number of pending work programmes waiting... including a whole bunch of changes for the 2017 / 18 financial year. ACC is going to make us even more busier!
This is what motivates me and gets me excited. This is what Manage Company is all about - being prepared to hold ACC (and WorksafeNZ) accountable and driving practical and workable solutions for our clients and stakeholders.
On a personal level I am addicted to the ocean and mountains. Volunteer surf lifeguard in my home town Mt Maunganui, row surfboats for giggles, race yachts, dive, surf, etc. When I get bored with the water I can be found in the mountains running trails or just getting lost.
Martin can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 322 286.
Debbie manages a number of projects including the ACC Benchmarking scheme, the Claims Reseller Programme, and does all our marketing. In case she gets bored with that Debbie also does a great deal in the administration space.
Debbie brings a wealth of knowledge to the business as evidenced by her law degree, admittance to the Bar, and a Graduate Diploma in creative advertising.
She enjoys doing anything that involves the outdoors and in the sun, including kayaking, camping, and hiking. Debbie has a passion for health and fitness - regularly goes the gym, practice yoga, and boxing.
Debbie can be contacted at email@example.com, or 0800 RISK NZ (0800 747 569)
Sue comes from ACC where her last role was as Relationship Manager looking after both employers and intermediaries… like us. Previous to ACC Sue had a business working from home looking after children. This allowed her to raise her own children, earn some income and be a full time foster parent for CYF.
From her wealth of experience and expertise she understands how important your business is to you. Also helping run her husbands business from home, Sue has an in depth understanding of how difficult it can be for businesses in New Zealand to run a profitable business while still leaving time for yourself.
Sue is based in Wellington with her husband, adult children, grandson, multiple rescue cats and a rescue dog.
She enjoys a nice wine, good food, going to the gym to work off the wine and food, a great book, spending time in the garden and being with friends and family.
In future, Sue would like to move to a lifestyle block, grow her own food and live off the grid.
Sue be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 027 2104 918.
Over the past 13 years Jane has been involved in various areas of ACC, from the development of the Experience Rating programme, through proving levy advice and into the role of Relationship Manager- Workplace supporting employers of all sizes in understanding ACC and getting results. Working closely with employers, a large part her previous role dealt with escalations from employers, such as yourselves, in what was happening with claims lodged with ACC for their employee.
Having worked in the system Jane looks to bring to the table her experience of claim escalations, understanding of Experience Rating and providing an insight into the self-managing aspects of the ACC Accredited Employer programme that could assist your business.
Home, garden and dogs keep Jane busy at home, with always one or another needing attention
Jane can be contacted at email@example.com, 0800 RISK NZ.
Sabine has worked in accounts and administration roles for over 20 years and is comprehensively knowledgeable about the positive impact we have on our clients.
Sabine is responsible for the day-to-day accounting and administration requirements including preparing our monthly reporting across all our divisions.
Sabine loves her cats, the beach, arts and her town house garden.
Sabine can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 0800 RISK NZ (0800 747 569).
Stephen joined Manage Company from ACC where he specialised in CoverPlus Extra - resolving customer issues and, as he says, “getting things done”.
It’s fair to say if you have any CoverPlus Extra issues, Stephen is the person you want to speak to.
Stephen is a keen mountain biker, loves the sun, sand and the sea.
Stephen can be contacted at email@example.com, or 0800 RISK NZ (0800 747 569).
Kenneth moved to Auckland in 2000 as part of a year off from the corporate world in Ireland, and simply fell in love with New Zealand and its people.
As a mechanical engineer graduate, his career began in Ireland in the chosen field of Quality Assurance. He has specialised in ISO management systems over the past twenty-five years in the areas of Quality, Environmental, Health & Safety Management Systems. He has a passion for training people and for building trusting client relationships with a “hands on– keeping it simple” approach.
Kenneth consults and audits in a variety of industry sectors and was part of the ACC WSMP auditor team for nine years. He currently maintain a book of clients, a number of whom have been with him for the last fourteen years. Kenneth am HASANZ registered and an active member of NZISM.
For the last nineteen years Kenneth has lived in the Meadowbank area, surrounded by a great circle of neighbours and friends. Married to Bernie (also Irish) and they have three wonderful children under the age of 11. Kenneth’s interests include trail running, water-sports and reading which he tries to squeeze in around his kids’s many sporting activities.
With over 20 years senior Operations Management experience, Steve Logan has developed and delivered best practice safety programmes and processes which have achieved significant culture change and safety outcomes.
Steve’s practical credentials, which derive from many years at the coal face managing sites of up to 200 employees, are a unique blend of operational experience and health & safety specific skills.
His qualifications include: HASANZ registered professional, Graduate membership of NZ Institute of Safety Management; Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety; Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), and a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering.
He is also a qualified and experienced Lean Six Sigma 'green belt' with hands-on experience of leading successful Lean and continuous improvement programmes.
Nigel's career has involved leadership roles in financial and management accounting, project and contract management in both the private and public sectors, including health. If that wasn't enough Nigel has also done a great deal of business advisory work and has an extensive background in equities.
Nigel can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0800 RISK NZ (0800 747 569).
Peter has primarily focused on the commercial sector and private enterprise having held roles as Accountant and Business Manager. Peter has also been directly involved in the motel industry and has an extensive resume with the BNZ.
Peter's passion is aviation and golf.
Peter can be contacted on email@example.com or 0800 RISK NZ (0800 747 569).