Why I’m running
I have spent the last 23 years as Chief Executive of the Southern Institute of Technology where I have worked closely with the Invercargill and Southland communities and our iconic leaders like His Worship Sir Tim Shadbolt and Kaumatua Michael Skerrett to enhance the economic, social and cultural wellbeing of our people. I became increasingly frustrated with decisions being made in Wellington that were impacting negatively on the strategies we were embracing as a community to advance our region.
I have spent 30-plus years in a variety of community leadership roles across a range of organisations in both paid and voluntary capacities including health board, museum board, Southland Disability Enterprise, Hockey Southland, Otago Southland Film Trust, Venture Southland, Community Trust South. In addition to these roles I have played, coached and undertaken administration roles for hockey at a club, provincial and national level. My husband and I have been farming for 36 years.