Kaiwhakahaere Tahua—Finance Manager
Simon Wall is Wellington UniVentures' Finance Manager, responsible for managing the company’s financial processes, budgeting and forecasting across all areas of operation, including IP Commercialisation, Knowledge Services and International Development.
Born in Fairlie, Simon gained a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury while working for Audit New Zealand in Christchurch. After graduating, he managed Audit New Zealand’s New Plymouth office before being transferred to Wellington, where he’s lived ever since. His career in government service continued with CFO roles for Parliamentary Services, the Department of Building and Housing, and New Zealand’s security agencies. These were followed by a management role in the New Zealand Defence Force and, most recently, the Ministry of Education as Finance Manager for Corporate Branches.
A keen sailor since he was young, Simon spent the last 25 years sailing a friend’s boat before finally buying a catamaran of his own, which he plans to sail to Tonga with his wife—if he can find the time away from his five young grandchildren.