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Senior Management

Mike Arand General Manager – Business Development

BMS (Intl)

Mike joined Pumpkin Patch in 1999 as General Manager – Business Development. Mike was with Canterbury International Ltd before joining Pumpkin Patch, with his last position being International Manager responsible for global development of the Canterbury of New Zealand brand. Mike speaks Japanese having been awarded Monbusho Research Scholarships to study Japanese at Osaka University of Foreign Language and Japanese Business Studies at Chuo University in Japan.

Lyn Bryant General Manager – Operations

Lyn joined Pumpkin Patch as Customer Service Supervisor. She was appointed to her current position as General Manager-Operations in 2003. Before joining Pumpkin Patch Lyn was the Office Manager at an insurance brokerage where she was responsible for managing the customer service, payroll and telemarketing teams. Lyn is a member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Marilyn Crocker General Manager – Human Resources


Marilyn joined Pumpkin Patch in 2003 as Global Human Resources Manager responsible for developing procedures for managing Pumpkin Patch’s 1,700 or so employees worldwide. Before joining Pumpkin Patch Marilyn spent over four years at Fletcher Building Ltd and prior to that four years as New Zealand Human Resources Manager for Country Road (New Zealand) Ltd. She is a certificate member of the Institute of Human Resource Managers of NZ, and accredited Zenger Miller Trainer, a registered Hay job evaluator and a registered Saville and Holdsworth Psychometric tester.

Kay Gillard General Manager – Retail

Kay joined Pumpkin Patch in 1996 as Operations Manager to head the retail initiative into Australia. In 1997 Kay was appointed General Manager – Australia and in 1999 was appointed General Manager – Retail with responsibility for Pumpkin Patch’s global retail operation. Before Kay joined Pumpkin Patch she was Business Director at Three Bears and Route 66 Ltd and prior to that she was General Manager at Saks Newmarket.

Zarina Thesing General Manager – Information Technology


Zarina joined Pumpkin Patch in 2000 as an IT Development Manager and was appointed as General Manager-IT in 2002. Zarina has been involved in the IT industry for 9 years prior to joining Pumpkin Patch including: Wilson & Horton Ltd, Vodafone New Zealand Ltd, Accident Compensation Corporation and Southern Regional Health Authority.

Bruce Walkley General Manager – Business Development (Europe and UK)


Bruce joined Pumpkin Patch in 1993 as Finance Director. In 2000 he was appointed General Manager – United Kingdom with responsibility for managing Pumpkin Patch’s international expansion in the United Kingdom and Europe. Before joining Pumpkin Patch Bruce was the financial controller for a joint venture developing multi-use property development in London and prior to that he worked as an accountant in London.

Matthew Washington Group Financial Controller

BCom, CA

Matthew joined Pumpkin Patch in 2000 as Group Financial Controller. He has over 16 years accounting and commercial experience of which eight years were with Ernst & Young most recently as a Senior Manager, and a further three years were with Fletcher Wood Panels Ltd as Finance Manager.


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