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President's Welcome!

In our last edition, Tim Lofts mentioned he was stepping down as President and we would like to take this opportunity to give a big thank you to Tim for the drive and vision he has brought to North Shore RDA.  We wish him every success with his new fundraising portfolio for the Governance Committee.  Following the formal ‘handing across of the reins’ at the AGM earlier this month, I’m looking forward to contributing to the great work that is already taking place at North Shore RDA.  I consider it a privilege to be invited to lead such a fantastic team. I will certainly be leaning on the team’s expertise and knowledge over the coming months while I learn the ropes!

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a senior lecturer in sport development at Massey University. I hold an undergraduate degree in community recreation (with a minor in therapeutic recreation) and a PhD in stakeholder management. From a governance perspective, I have held board member roles for a number of National Sport Organisations. I have been elected as Board Chair and Deputy Chair, on separate occasions. In my previous governance roles, I have held the responsibility for strategic planning, brand management, internal policy development, sponsorship, and stakeholder management. I was an inaugural affiliate of the Sport New Zealand/Appoint Better Boards Women in Governance programme. I am also a member of the Aktive Women in Sport Governance Network.

I’m hoping North Shore RDA will find my knowledge and expertise useful as we develop our new five-year plan and steer through the requirements of the new Incorporated Societies Act. There will also be a few behind-the-scenes changes, in terms of governance. I’d usually incorporate an “embracing change” analogy about now and talk about Henry Ford in 1896, with the move from horse drawn carriages to motor cars. However, in light of the fact we depend quite heavily on horses, you will need to give me time to come up with a more suitable analogy! 😊

I’m looking forward to meeting and getting to know everyone in the weeks, months, and years ahead. I will be aiming to drop in for morning tea with our staff and volunteers as often as I can, so if you see me around, please don’t hesitate to come and say hello and introduce yourself.

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