Business Support Team


Jay Weerappulige - ICT Technician
Jay joined Skills Active in 1998 after obtaining a National Diploma in Advanced Business Computing at CIT in Upper Hutt. He is responsible for the development and maintenance of student management systems, as well as all internal information systems, IT hardware and application software. Prior to Skills Active, Jay worked as a Civil Engineer in Sri Lanka for about 10 years. He is very passionate about cricket, and supports Sri Lanka and the Black Caps (in that order).
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Craig Thomson - ICT Business Analyst


Craig rejoined Skills Active in September 2012 after also working here from 1997 to 2002. He has worked in the ITO sector for over 10 years focusing mainly on Information Systems, data integrity and business processes.


In his spare time, Craig also teaches photography to adults at Wellington High School in the evenings, works on various documentary photography projects, travels and enjoys gardening.


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Courtenay Suppinger - HR Advisor, Board Secretary and Health and Safety Representative

Courtenay joined Skills Active in 2005. She originally started as an Administration Assistant and then in October 2007 became the EA to the CE. In October 2008, she also included HR Administration into her role, and in November 2009 was appointed HR Advisor. Currently, Courtenay is kept busy with plenty of variety in her roles as she is the HR Advisor, Board Secretary and Health and Safety Representative for Skills Active.

She has more than 20 years' experience in a variety of administration roles within small, medium and large companies and is familiar with employment environments ranging from research and advertising, to power, oil and transport. 

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Raewyn Tiopira - Records Coordinator Data Analyst and Client Portals Administrator


Raewyn started in August 2012 as a casual data entry operator, then became permanent with responsibility for record-keeping, client portals and access to ActiveCV.


Raewyn has a varied background in administration in banking and records management in public sector.

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Julie McKiernan - Administration Assistant


Julie joined Skills Active in August 2013 as the Office Assistant. Since joining she has completed two Skills Active Qualifications - the National Certificate in Recreation and Sport (Core Skills) and Business Administration and Computing Skills Level 3. Julie is from the UK and has two daughters and a foster child. She loves spending time with her family, just hanging out and having fun. Julie loves to help people.


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Wanda Hart -  Data Coordinator Team Leader


Wanda joined Skills Active in March 2013. She has been involved in the fitness Industry for over 15 years, where she has worked on the gym floor, managed and even owned a gym. She has enjoyed every minute of it.

Wanda received her National Certificate in Exercise in 1994 and has been in the fitness industry ever since. She is a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals and has continued her education and upskilling. Wanda has completed numerous certificates with Skills Active before starting in her current role, and is now enjoying being part of the team that helped with her fitness career. 


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Pei-Ying Pan – Data Coordinator


Pei-Ying joined Skills Active in August 2013 as the Data Co-ordinator for the Central/Southern Region. Prior to working at Skills Active, she was relieving at secondary schools and teaching piano from home (still does). Currently she holds a Master’s degree in Music and a Diploma in Teaching and Learning.


She was born in Taiwan and moved to Christchurch when she was 11, until moving to Wellington in 2011. Since being introduced to the fitness world a few years ago, she has become an avid HIIT trainer and is slowly adventuring into weight training.


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David Liu - ICT Assistant


From child to man-child, I have graduated from the student city of Otago and found work at Skills Active. I am a person with many names, trades and shirts to show my many talents. Am a dedicated gamer in the off-times and an antic-causing person during work times. Aiming to be the next "Iron Man of the World".


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Jocelyn Brewer - Data Coordinator


I have a background in administration, customer service and retail roles. I am one of those annoying 'people person' types and enjoy engaging with people from all backgrounds. I'm originally from the Kapiti Coast but have lived in Lower Hutt for ten years with my husband, two young kids and a crazy old cat.


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Michelle Turney-Mitchell -  Finance and Office Manager


Michelle joined Skills Active in April 2016. She has a background in finance and has previously worked in finance roles at Save The Children New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. She loves numbers but is also keen on people, and she enjoys being the go-to, fix-it person in the office.

When she’s not at work, Michelle can be found spending time with her fiancé Jason, looking after their property investments, indulging her love of plus size fashion, swimming, and going to the driving range.


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