The Westpac Leaders Fellowship

At Westpac, we believe in providing growth and leadership opportunities for women.  We’ve partnered with the New Zealand Leadership Institute and are offering three women the opportunity to attend the Institute’s flagship Leadership Mindset Programme. 

2015 Leaders Fellowship

Within our business 44.2%* of all leaders are women.

We are continuing our support of New Zealand women beyond our own business through The Westpac Leaders Fellowship to assist women with growth and leadership opportunities.

In partnership with the New Zealand Leadership Institute we have offered the opportunity for three women to attend the Institute’s flagship Leadership Mindset Programme.

The Leadership Mindset Programme is the New Zealand Leadership Institute’s flagship programme, informed by cutting edge global research. It is designed to build your leadership capability to work with the complexities of situations, engage with those around you and develop your own and other’s capacity beyond your current performance.

The Westpac Leaders Fellowship is best suited to women who have built their professional expertise and are ready for something less traditional, as it is focused on developing leadership capacity and agility, critical thinking and influence.
Learn more about the New Zealand Leadership Institute’s Mindset Programme on their website.


Applications for the 2015 Westpac Leaders Fellowship are closed and selections have been made. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants have been informed of the outcomes.

Three applicants were selected for The Westpac Leaders Fellowship, please see the Meet the 2015 Fellows tab for more information.

Meet the 2015 Fellows

The three Fellows selected for the 2015 Leadership Mindset Programme were Nicola Wright, from Wrights Vineyard & Winery; Swathy Gudipoodi, from Watercare Services; and Zheng Li from Zing Design.

Nicola Wright

Nicola WrightNicola Wright is Marketing Guru of Wrights Vineyard & Winery, a grass roots enterprise dedicated to producing affordable, premium, organic wines.  Also a Barrister and Solicitor of her own legal practice, Nicola appears in court on matters at every level advocating for open access to justice for all.  Together with her husband Geoff, Nicola is raising their bold, energetic and fun-loving sons. She is a strong promoter of self-employment, working mothers and rural New Zealand.  

Swathy Gudipoodi

Swathy GudipoodiSwathy is currently Watercare’s Financial Accounting Manager leading a team of 23 people. She is responsible for external reporting, taxation, back office treasury, accounts payable and accounts receivable.

Swathy's focus is to develop a team that is engaged, high performing and successful while having fun. Swathy is passionate about her job. She has a sense of purpose and strongly believes that change for better is essential for self and team to become cohesive and efficient. Known for her hard work, Swathy always brings her very best "to the table". She knows persistence is the key to success and is keen to work for the progression of women into senior leadership roles.

Zheng Li

Zheng LiZheng Li is the founder and Chief Executive of Zing Design, a Wellington-based digital design agency that specialise in providing web and mobile technology services to the government and enterprises across NZ, Australia and the US. Their NZ clients include Spark, Rabobank, Gareth Morgan Investments, NZ Police, and Trade Me.

Zheng was named as an Emerging Leader by NZ Asian Leaders in 2013, became one of the youngest certified members of the Institute of Directors in 2014 and was a finalist in two Women of Influence Awards in 2014.

She is hugely passionate about technology and mentoring emerging digital talents and the next generation of tech entrepreneurs.