Susan Piket (Rongowhakāta, Ngati Kahungunu) is the director of Barbican Training Centre, based in Nelson.
Barbican specialises in business training and coaching for small and medium businesses. Susan has teaching experience delivering the Certificate in Small Business Management (NZQA Level 4) and the Certificate in Applied Small Business Growth (NZQA Level 5) programmes. In addition, Susan has developed course content for NZQA approved courses as well as delivered Māori Trustee training for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. She has also developed and delivered a range of business seminars and courses in New Zealand, Asia, and across the Pacific basin. From 2001 to 2015 Susan was a Māori Business Facilitation Service mentor, and since 2016 she has been a Whānau Enterprise Coach for Whānau Ora.
Susan is qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant (UK) and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Henley Management College in the United Kingdom. She has also completed a National Certificate in Adult Education and Training, and holds a National Certificate in Adult Literacy Education (Vocational) through Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
Susan was the Finance Director for Nikko Capital Management (a Japanese bank located in the U.K.) for ten years from 1987 to 1997. In 1997, Susan co-founded and became a partner of Barbican Financial Services. In 2001 she became the director of what is now known as the Barbican Training Centre. This business specialises in business training and coaching for small and medium business.
Susan has also held a number of voluntary governance positions in local and national Māori organisations, both individually and through Barbican Training Centre. To begin with, she is on the steering committee for Ngā Kaitatau Māori o Aotearoa – the National Māori Accountants Network. She is also the founder and chairperson of the Whakatu Māori Business Network for Te Tau Ihu. She has played an active part in creating and is currently the secretary of Kōtuitui Inc. – the Association of National Māori Business Networks. Susan is also part of the Post-Settlement Governance Entity work group for Rongowhakāta. Along with this, she is a board member of the disaster relief charity, ADRA New Zealand. Susan has also held governance roles within the local Kohanga Reo in Nelson (Kia Tau Te Rangimarie), Te Korowai Trust (a pan-tribal health and social services provider), and the Business Advisory Committee for Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT). In addition to these roles, Susan is a member of the Nelson-Tasman Chamber of Commerce and the Institute of Directors.
The Barbican Training Centre has strong relationships with a range of local and Māori networks, including marae and iwi across the region as well as many Māori owned businesses. They have ties to Te Puni Kōkiri and support Māori health providers within their area, through Whānau Ora, Te Piki Oranga, Te Korowai Trust, and Maata Waka. Te Piki Oranga is a Māori primary health provider for Te Pau Ihu (top of the South Island), and Te Korowai Trust and Maata Waka are social service providers, also based in Te Tau Ihu. Barbican also is also linked with Kia Tau Te Rangimarie, a Māori conflict resolution programme that teaches tamariki communication and conflict resolution skills. In addition, Barbican have a strong relationship with the Ministry of Primary Industries.