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Leadership Team

We are a lean team at AANZ with just two of us running the show with wonderful support from Executive Office Limited.

Bridget Unsworth

Chief Executive

Bridget is an active angel investor and a member of Angel HQ, and is based in Auckland. Previously she was Investment Director for NZGCP’s Aspire Fund and has worked in the venture capital, private equity and angel investment sectors in London and New Zealand. She is on the board of TracPlus Global, a tracking and communications technology for first responders across the world, and is also on the board of Invest South, an investment fund focusing on high growth business is the greater Southland region.

Michelle (MC) Cole

Chief Operating Officer

Michelle, with a background in international marketing and finance from Waikato University, brings 28+ years experience as an active owner, investor and advisor holding commercial roles in corporate, government, SME and NFP organisations. During the previously held roles at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Edmund Hillary Fellowship Michelle cultivated expertise in fostering authentic business relationships in supporting New Zealand businesses raise capital to fund growth globally and promoting foreign investment to New Zealand. Michelle currently has a commercial and residential property portfolio and is an investor in Eyemagnet; a founding member and advisor of Web3NZ. Previously co-owner and director of franchise AnimalZ Ltd and held various select committee or advisory roles in agritech, education, impact investing and the tech startup ecosystem. She brings an extensive network and values of inclusivity, where diverse voices are heard and appreciated.

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