Kelly Warton

EA Inc. is the brainchild of Kelly Warton, our Chair, and evolved from her dedication and passion for the Executive Assistant role, along with her belief that there is a high demand for mentoring likeminded individuals wanting to achieve their full career dream.

Kelly has been a C-suite Executive Assistant for more than 15 years, supporting CEO’s, Chairs, Directors and high net-worth Entrepreneurs across Australia and New Zealand.

Born and bred in Adelaide, South Australia, Kelly moved, with her husband, Michael and two boys Will and Sam, to Auckland in 2005 with a plan to return to Australia after two years – this never occurred and her family now proudly and lovingly call Dairy Flat on Auckland’s North Shore home. Kelly's personal interests and passions are travelling, cooking, and horse riding.

Currently, Kelly is Executive Assistant to Jonathan Reid, Executive Chair and Co-founder of VMG Ventures and GOAT Ventures. VMG Ventures and Jonathan are fully supportive of EA Inc. and the vision the Committee has.

Kelly’s role on our Committee covers Chair, Memberships & Database, and Mentoring Program.

It is her hope and dream that EA Inc. becomes an integral Membership Platform that supports, educates, and inspires current and future Executive Assistants and Personal Assistants.

Please feel free to contact Kelly anytime on +64 21 513 292 to discuss EA Inc., our Membership and  Mentoring program!

Hayley Lipp

Hayley begun her career as a receptionist, before working her way to becoming an Executive Assistant. Prior to becoming an Executive Assistant, Hayley worked in the Insurance industry and then moved onto Office Manager positions while supporting the Company Directors.
Hayley’s first sole EA role was to the CEO of Homecare Medical. Some of the fantastic services provided by Homecare Medical to New Zealanders are Healthline, 1737, Puawaitanga and the National Bowel Screening Programme. 
Hayley’s new role is the EA to the General Manager of Novelli and is incredibly lucky to have the support of her wonderful GM Craig Pinker. Novelli is a world class provider in branded promotional products and create bespoke corporate branded merchandise.
Hayley believes that being part of a network for EA’s/PA’s is such a valuable resource to what can sometimes be a lonely and isolating role. Having the support of likeminded individuals and being mentored by successful, strong & inspiring EA’s, has helped her get to where she is today.
In her personal life, Hayley enjoys baking and cooking. One of her talents is being a qualified patisserie chef! She also loves bikram yoga and horse riding. Hayley lives in Onehunga with her partner Henri and their three cats Spook, Jedi & Champ

Tamryn Donovan

Tamryn started her career as a personal assistant / officer manager for an Entomology Company in her home town of Amanzimtoti, Durban, South Africa. Following this, Tamryn moved to a personal assistant position at a large commercial property evaluation firm.


In 2007, Tamryn and family immigrated to Auckland, New Zealand to raise her daughter. With no New Zealand experience, Tamryn had to start all over in her career, she began as a receptionist at a chartered accountancy firm, and worked her way up to Executive Assistant for the Managing Director. In that role Tamryn gained a wide understanding of SME expansion, marketing, and gained experience dealing with high value clients.


After 5 years, Tamryn moved on to work for Mitre 10 New Zealand Limited as EA to the CFO and GM of Strategy. Over the next few years Tamryn was promoted several times and is now Snr EA to CEO, leading a team of 7 EAs at the Mitre 10 Support Centre . In her role Tamryn is responsible for the CEO's office, the Chairman and the 8 Directors. 


Tamryn has a natural gift and love for all things tech and is a lifetime learner. Tamryn has advanced MS Office skills and enjoys Project Management. At EA Inc, Tamryn is responsible for Social Media & tech. She has a bubbly personality and loves teaching new EAs to be the best they can be. 


In her personal life, Tamryn enjoys spending time with her husband Robert and two children, Kendra and Garnett. She also enjoys cooking, oil painting and horseriding.

Amanda Prendergast

Amanda has been an Executive Assistant for 20+ years, starting her career initially as a Receptionist in Taupo.  When Amanda travelled overseas for her BIG OE she experienced the world of temping in London.  Whilst she was there she secured an amazing permanent role working for Goldman Sachs International Investment Bank which was the start of a varied career and that start resulted in Amanda having a wide range of experience across many businesses.


Amanda returned to Auckland and worked for Harrah’s Sky City starting prior to the opening of NZ’s first casino which was a very fun and exciting time.  She worked there for five years for the Head of Security and Surveillance, and the Head of Human Resources.  After five years Amanda moved into the world of advertising, spending two years as Office Manager for M&C Saatchi Advertising.  After having her first child she started working for Sovereign Assurance as an Executive Assistant for the Head of Marketing for seven years.  When he left Sovereign to go to IAG (Insurance Australia Group), Amanda followed, and 11 years later is still with IAG and has worked for many different areas in the organisation from the Head of Marketing & Reputation, through to the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.  Recently she has moved into a role of working as the Executive Assistant to the General Counsel & EGM External Relations and the EGM of Business Partnering.  Amanda is definitely loving the challenge and the variety of her new role.

Amanda has been an avid watcher of EA Inc since its inception and is very excited to be part of the EA Inc Committee as our Secretary.


In her personal life, Amanda is a busy Mum ferrying children around and spending a lot of time at the hockey turf.  She volunteers for Make Give Live on a weekly basis and recently has purchased an ebike so she is having lots of fun on that with her husband along with weekends in Mangawhai when time allows.