Building on Success
The amalgamation of Auckland into a new city is still a work in progress. Building on the successes of the last three years of the first Waiheke Local Board will be a huge challenge for the new team. Inexperience, never having attended Board meetings, and lacking the trust of Auckland Council will not help the new team represent the island. They will first have to establish that they are credible individuals.
Three years as Deputy Chair of Waiheke Local Board
Masters Degree in Business Administration
Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics
I have worked full-time since leaving university at the age of 20. Prior to moving to New Zealand in 1985 I was a Flight Lieutenant in the Womens Royal Air Force. After settling in New Zealand I became an entrepreneur in the publishing world. I owned and published several magazines (Flyfisher, Fishing News, NZ Fisherman) as well as starting a database management business before moving to the island in 1996. I started the Rainbow Copy Centre, now Copy Expresso, in 1997 followed a year later by founding the local newspaper, Waiheke Marketplace. Elected onto the newly created Waiheke Local Board in 2010
Relevant experience and community involvement.
I started the Waiheke Marketplace as a support for businesses and as an independent voice for the community. I have been a member of Waiheke Toastmasters for 12 years and on the executive committee for 7 years, currently in the role President. I was a founding member of the Waiheke Businesswomen’s Group in 1999, Chairman from 2001 to 2005, a group that flourishes today raising money for community benefit and providing a social network for businesswomen.
Relevant personal attributes and qualities.
Common sense, financial prudence and a fundamental belief in personal freedom, hard work and individual responsibility. I am a good listener and clear communicator. I am level-headed, approachable and reliable. I love living and working on this island and welcome the opportunity to continue to be of service to my local community.
I represented Great Britain as a fencer.