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Our Team

Convention Management New Zealand is owned and managed by Dean Bradley (CEM) and Paul Walker (CEM). Dean and Paul take a fully active part in the Conferences and Events that the company manage.

Dean Bradley

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Mob: 021 407 125

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Dean has worked in the Conference and Events industry for the past 20 years and has vast experience at managing International & Domestic Conferences. Prior to that Dean was in the New Zealand Police for 11 years, finishing his career as a Detective.

Dean is a Certified Event Manager (CEM) with the Professional Conference Organisers Association Australia and New Zealand.

Dean is also a Board Director and an Honorary Life Member of the Child Cancer Foundation.



Lu Budden

Event Manager

Mob: 021 407 158

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Lu has been with CMNZ for over 15 years, Lu brings a vast amount of experience in managing a variety of conferences and events both domestically and overseas. Lu's prior work experience encompasses the travel industry and local government, and she holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Lincoln University.


Lu is a Certified Event Manager (CEM) with the Professional Conference Organisers Association Australia and New Zealand



Debbie Thompson

Financial Controller

Debbie started with CMNZ in 2008 and has been with since. Debbie has gained extensive experience working in the accounts and administration sector for the past 24 years. In Debbie's spare time she enjoys her motor racing and good NZ food & wine.


Matt Hoyle

Technology Consultant

With more than 20 years in the event arena, Matt has been at the leading technology edge of both public and corporate projects, working alongside industry partners throughout NZ. As Managing Director of Virlo - his practical and creative influences have been honed on a broad range of events. His collaborative approach ensures all technical elements work cohesively together to produce a seamless production.

In addition to our full time team we also work with a large number of contractors and suppliers, many of whom we have worked with over a large number of years. This stable of people and companies form an integral part of what we do and we consider them to be part of our team.

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