About Us

Nelson is an incredible place to live. We have beautiful mountains, beaches and trails, little traffic, low house prices and a warm welcoming community. We are also blessed with a strong economy, giving young people fantastic career opportunities, but with a work-life balance people in larger cities can only dream of. 

NYP was established in 2009, to help young professionals make the most of their work-life balance. We're an incorporated society, run by a dedicated committee of members who volunteer their time to keep things ticking. We organise events, sports teams and activities - to enable our members to connect with each other and their community. 

Our members do a variety of different things in their 9-5: teachers, bankers, builders, travel consultants, digger operators, tradies, project managers, healthcare, engineers, lawyers... the list goes on. "Professional" doesn't mean the same in Nelson as it does in the big cities. Neither does "Young" - while most of our members are around 20-35 years old, we have had some fantastic members in their 40s.

We're an incorporated society - you can read up on our rules here. And in a broad sense, we exist is to: 
  • Facilitate members to network and socialise with other people whose careers are based in the Nelson-Tasman region;
  • Provide a platform for connecting various sectors of the community;
  • Provide a sense of community for young people whose careers are based in Nelson; and
  • Promote Nelson-Tasman as a place for young professionals to live, work and play.
To find out more, come along to one of our monthly drinks (or any other event), email us at nelsonyoungprofessionals@gmail.com or send us a Facebook message.  

Who is on the NYP Committee?

We're a friendly bunch, so come introduce yourself to us. If you're brand new to NYP or haven't come along in a little while, ask the closest person to you who is on the committee, and they should be able to point one of us out! 

Renee Wilson


Champions NYP in our community, facilitates the committee meetings and ensures the team are always looking their best for our social media platforms.

Bridget McCormick

Our longest serving committee member and one of the masterminds behind our annual Ball - Bridget is our go to girl on all things NYP who is always there with a smile.

Aaron Shields


Ensures that committee meeting banter is accurately recorded, and also graces the Chamber of Commerce Board with his presence on our behalf. 

Leo Olverson 

The Monthly Drinks King using his Nelson hospo connections to make sure we get the best food platters in all of the land. 

Elise Toir-Demavy

Recently adding 'Kiwi' to her resume, Elise has dived head first into running our NYP Players board game group at a local watering hole. 

Ana Paterson


Does her best to make sure the EFTPOS card doesn't decline!

Oh and all that exciting stuff like our annual accounts and budgets.

Cindy Purdey

Cindy is a power player who knows Nelson in and out. She is part of our strategy team and helping to build our membership base. Watch this space!


Matt Palmer

Think sports? Think Matt Palmer. From Pool to Netball and social Touch Rugby. Matt is your go-to for all of our NYP teams.


Caleb Hill

Caleb is a savvy business man with a passion for our community. His quiet intelligence and strategic thinking makes him a true asset to our team!

Courtney Jamieson

Courtney is in her element keeping the members happy and promoting our awesome events. This girl supports the team in getting it done and making it happen. 

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