About Our TeamThe People Behind Black Rose
Kerren and Ken Withington
On reflection, with backgrounds in social services and vehicle workshop management respectively, perhaps it was inevitable that Kerren and Ken would end up creating a company like Black Rose. Self-employed for more than 25 years, their passion for customer service and hospitality is infectious, and thirst for new destinations and experiences to share seemingly boundless. Black Rose operates very much in this spirit and the way we deliver for our customers reflects their shared values. They joke that having raised 4 boys, they’re prepared for anything.
Operations & Fleet Manager
Travelling extensively through many countries and enjoying different cultures and sights has given Glenn a deep appreciation for his home region of Hawke’s Bay and an understanding of what it has to offer local and international visitors. With 8 Years under his belt in the Tourism Industry, Glenn has developed a reputation for sharing his knowledge of the region with great humour and passion. As a born-and-bred Hawke’s Bay boy and having been with Black Rose from the beginning, he knows every secret vantage point, fishing spot and million dollar view that’s out there. It’s not long before you have a smile on your face when Glenn’s around.
Senior Tour Host/Driver
Another orchard dweller, Katrina’s is the voice of reason that keeps all the Black Rose boys in line. Whilst born in our capital, Wellington, she has lived in Hawke’s Bay since her teenage years (so not long then!!). Katrina and her family have been involved in commercial fruit growing for many years and she brings a wealth of knowledge about our region to her work with Black Rose. With her warm personality and an eye for detail, Katrina has been hosting visitors on our tours since 2012.
Administration & Tour Support
Call us here at Black Rose and it’s highly likely that the first person you’ll speak to will be Perry. A born and bred Hawke’s Bay lass, Perry’s passionate about helping create the best possible experience for our clients. A professional background in journalism and social services is tailor-made for Perry’s role at Black Rose. A talented multi-tasker who enjoys slipping into Tour Guide mode when the opportunity arises, Perry loves nothing more in her spare time than riding the open road with her husband on their mighty GoldWing motorcycle.