U3A Browns Bay Inc formed in June 2000

Guest Speakers

Our focus is on Exceptional New Zealanders doing exceptional things

Peter Thomson Guest speaker U3A Browns Bay

June  Meeting  Guest Speaker : Peter Thomson
Chief Technology Officer, Icehouse Ventures

Peter did one of the first student internships in the early days of The Icehouse which sparked his interest in innovation and entrepreneurship. He started out his formal career as a corporate lawyer at Russell McVeagh before moving to NZTE to help launch the Better by Design programme.

Peter's interest in technology and digital innovation led to working with a variety of advertising agencies and design firms in London, before heading to New York to work for an online investment startup.

When he returned to NZ in 2016, Peter worked for Snowball Effect, helping raise capital for Kiwi SME's before re-joining The Icehouse in 2019. 

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Overview of our Monthly Meetings
The two hour meeting is held on the first Tuesday morning of each month in Browns Bay. An invited speaker, expert in the field, informs, educates and entertains us. Our focus is Exceptional New Zealanders doing Exceptional Things in New Zealand. A wide range of current topics is covered and we are sometimes privy to information not yet released by the researchers to the public.

The second part of the meeting is provided by our U3A Special Interest Groups whose presentations have been identified as being of interest for the whole membership. A tea break provides the opportunity for members to mix and chat. Attendance at the main monthly meetings is optional. Members are required to attend one or more Special Interest Groups as this is where the active learning focus of the U3A philosophy occurs and long last friendships are made.

Sometimes the sessions are reversed to suit the Guest Speaker.