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!
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.
Originally from a farm in the Hakataramea, Karen attended primary school in Kurow before heading off to boarding school in Dunedin. Her first job was in a bank, where she worked for a year, before heading overseas. While travelling, Karen worked a variety of casual jobs that included barmaid, waitress and factory worker. When she returned, she worked on her father’s farm before joining a livestock company as a livestock clerk. Karen was then appointed as a stock agent in Kurow – a new area for the company – and was responsible for establishing and growing the business. She transferred with the company to St Andrews, where she also held an agent’s role, before moving into the insurance industry. She moved up through the company and was appointed South Island area manager. Karen returned to the livestock industry in 2011. She enjoys following her family’s sporting interests – rugby, cricket and athletics – and spending time on their small holding.
Rob was born in South Canterbury and lived in Ashburton, Tuatapere and Wellington during his school years. After leaving school Rob spent a year on a sheep and cattle property in Western Southland before deciding to attend Lincoln University in 1979 where he completed a B AG Com. Since 1980 Rob has been involved in various finance related roles in South Canterbury including over 30 years in the finance area of the stock and station industry. Outside of work Rob is a keen golfer and fisherman and likes to follow both rugby and cricket.