What Board(s) are you on?
Horticulture New Zealand, United Fresh.
Are they appointed Directorships or were you elected onto the Board?
I was elected onto the HortNZ board as a grower representative and appointed to the United Fresh Executive Committee.
Do you have a specific responsibility or portfolio on the Board?
Vice-President of the Board
Chair of the Future Director selection committee
Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
Member of the HortNZ Scholarship selection panel.
I previously chaired Women in Horticulture and now sitting on the Governance Group.
Tell us about one of those Boards
Horticulture New Zealand is a pan-industry advocacy organization. The board is made up of 2 Independent Directors and 6 Grower-elected directors. Each grower-elected director serves a term of 3 years, with the right to re-election for two further terms. Independent Directors are appointed by a selection panel for a two year term, with the possibility to renew upon the discretion of the board and selection panel.
Did you have any governance training?
I was appointed as a Future Director on the Balle Bros Farms and Foods boards which gave me firsthand commercial governance experience. I am also member of the IOD and have participated in several courses during my career.
If you have children how do/did you balance your job and family? What are/were the biggest issues? How did you deal with them?
I have four children at school. I work part time (25 hours per week) and am lucky enough to have the flexibility to set my own hours and often work from home. That makes it possible to balance both work and home. It is still an ongoing challenge though, and I have to be very organized and plan carefully. I also use afterschool care although I like to drop off and pick up the kids from school as often as I can, at least twice a week.