WB&DA Board Members

WB&DA Office
Ph 09 235 6231

2 Queen Street, Waiuku
Town Centre Manager
Email: waiukutownmanager@gmail.com

Waiuku Business & Development Association – The Board

Deborah Andrew

09 235 0880


“Achieving success in this industry is about delivering on realistic expectations.’

Deborah Andrew started her career as a real estate salesperson on 1998. Over the following 9 years as a salesperson, her high ethical standards and commitment to delivering outstanding customer service saw her achieve outstanding sales results.

Following her success, and with a wealth of knowledge about the property market and the local area, Deborah’s move into a management position was a natural progression. She now leads a team of 9 qualified salespeople and a rental department in the Waiuku branch, which covers the areas for West Franklin, Waiuku and the Awhitu Peninsula.

A family orientated person, Deborah is very proud of her two daughters and enjoys spending her free time with her husband Grant and their grandchildren. Grant’s hobby is motorbikes and Deborah is a willing passenger on a weekend run. They live on a ½ acre property in Waiuku which makes the most of the rural outlook.

Deborah belongs to The Franklin Business and Professional Women’s Club (as a member since the year 2000) and has attended 5 previous conferences as a delegate for this association. 2011 sees her take on the role of 1st Vice President of her local Club.

Sherilyn Fretton

027 569 2235

Sherilyn is an Authorised Financial Adviser and risk insurance specialist with over 30 years’ experience in financial services.

She started her career in Banking in 1984 and worked her way up into management roles before finding her true calling as a mortgage broker. She found her niche in the non-bank market, providing short term solutions and exit strategies to home owners in financial difficulty, as well as helping first home buyers and people looking for advice about refinancing. Sherilyn has built, bought and sold properties so has first-hand experience with investment and new build lending.

She lives locally and has recently opened a branch of Mike Pero Mortgages and Insurance in Waiuku. As a business owner and board member she is excited about being more involved in her local community.  As part of her commitment she is a major sponsor/supporter of Waiuku College and supports Womens Refuge and Children in Need.

As a parent she is passionate about safety for families and community development that creates a positive community spirit. Joining the WBDA was an opportunity to be more involved with this, as a member of a dedicated and experienced team.

Julie Powell

09 235 9219

Julie has a background in nursing, floristry, house renovation and helped run a Painting & Decorating business for 16 years not forgetting 20 years experience in parenting.

Julie’s reason for joining the WBDA committee this year is to get more involved with towncentre planning and development and working alongside an already great team. She has had 10 years experience in owning and running a local retail clothing business.



Sarah Lochead-MacMillan


Sarah Lochead-MacMillan is a business coach, mentor, speaker and trainer. She came to the shores of New Zealand in 2006 and moved to Waiuku 6 months later.

Since 2009 Sarah has developed a strong banking and mentoring advisory service, establishing the SLM Group to help businesses effectively deal with banks and achieve profitable growth.

Sarah wrote and published The Naked Networker http://www.sarahlocheadmacmillan.com/#%21resources/cfvg&gt
to help business people better understand networking in order to create sales and income through successful and sustainable face to face networking.

Angela Wilson

09 235 9880

My husband Rod and I bought Cocky’s Corner Timber and Hardware 12 years ago and the business has gone from handwriting everything to going computerised over that time.

We love living in Waiuku and that was why I joined the WB&DA committee 11 years ago. I figured that if you move to a new town then you need to get involved. During the 11 years I’ve been involved with the Waiuku Christmas Parade, and arranging Mix and Mingles for our members throughout the year. If you are interested in hosting a Mix and Mingle, please get in touch. I love being involved and try to help out in any way that I can.

Samantha Graham

021 105 3162

I was born and bred in Waiuku and went to Otaua Primary School and Waiuku College. I love this little town and what it has to offer.

I enjoy interacting with people and helping them feel good about themselves, and have always had a creative side. These things led me to my trade as a hairdresser, and when I felt I wanted to further my career, I bought & opened a salon in Waiuku. Framed Hair was born in 2017.  We are now proud to be an active member of ‘Sustainable Salons’ from 2019, doing our bit for the environment.

I believe there is a wealth of opportunity for growth in Waiuku in all areas including community spirit, social interaction, sport and business. There is something here for everyone. We have the potential to build our image as a destination for visitors with our small town vibe, open country spaces and beaches close by.

Samara Edgecombe

027 666 2713

Born in the South, I moved with my 3 kids, husband and 2 dogs to Waiuku in 2014 and instantly fell in love with the township and the community.

While working with the team at Waiuku Zero Waste, I saw the vision of the Waiuku Business and Development Association, to see Waiuku grow to it’s full potential. Since this is now my home, I offered to come on board from a perspective of a new family to the area, an innovator and an every day member of the community.
I now work at the local Mitre 10 in HR and Learning Development, as helping people grow is my biggest passion.

There is nothing better than being part of a community with successful, happy people and successful, thriving businesses.


Sharlene Druyven

021 0827 5763

My name is Sharlene Druyven and I am the Town Manager for Waiuku.  My role is to support and advocate on behalf of Waiuku businesses.  This is achieved through working with council, advising on bylaw changes, submissions, providing networking opportunities and creating proactive ways to attract and sustain new businesses moving to the area.

As Waiuku is the tourist area of West Franklin, supporting tourism is essential.  We also create, help fund and run events that not only advertise Waiuku but support the town economically going forward.

Vanessa Newman

09 235 6231

I was born and bred in Waiuku, spent time overseas and in Auckland working in the hospitality and healthcare industries, telecommunications training roles and advertising sales before returning to work in Waiuku.

I am passionate about supporting the town manager and representing the Waiuku Business & Development Association in helping Waiuku grow and prosper through our services, community events, the Information Centre and by providing a central communication ‘hub’ between organisations.