I have had a 30 year banking and finance career including 22 years at ASB Bank in their Rural division. My most recent executive position was General Manager Rural at ASB – leading a team of 200 across New Zealand. I’m proud to join the Hazlett team – a focused and ambitious business passionately delivering to the needs of our farming clients and of course our team. Outside of work I hold a handful of independent director and advisory board roles. I’m married to Lou, have three boys and we are actively involved in the outdoors with a lot of sport!
I have been involved in rural banking and the stock and station industry for the last 28 years. I started in 1992 towards the end of the Rural Bank era, followed by time with PGG and Rabobank – all based in Ashburton. There has been a lot of change in that time throughout Canterbury – consolidation of farm holdings, land use change, extensive irrigation development and more recently farm environmental compliance. Throughout all this change farmers have remained positive and resilient – and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working alongside them. My personal time is spent on a 100 ha irrigated farm at Winchmore, following my teenage daughters activities and socialising with family and friends.
I was born in Dunedin but have spent most of my time in Christchurch. After graduating from University with a Commerce degree majoring in Accounting and Taxation, I started working in the insurance industry where I remained for 5 years before moving to the Funding & Procurement team at Hazlett in June 2017. In my spare time, I like to go for walks and enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
Having an accounting based background in the agricultural and construction sectors but more recently working as a management accountant for a NZ owned petroleum company, I decided a change in vocation was on the cards. While looking at my options, I was invited to join the Hazlett team. Having been a long term Hazlett client from our livestock trading on our lifestyle block in Darfield, I was always impressed with how progressive and passionate the company was. Subsequently, I accepted the challenge and haven’t looked back. When I’m not working my time is spent with my husband Jeremy and two teenage children Caleb and Lucy, following their sports, catching up with friends and family either out on my mountain bike, out hiking or in a nice cafe enjoying a glass of wine and good food.