If you’re a Consumer member (through subscribing to Consumer magazine or consumer.org.nz) you’re entitled to vote in our board election. Learn about each candidate below and how to cast your vote.
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This year there are two vacancies on Consumer NZ's seven-person Board. The successful candidates will be appointed for a three-year term starting in June 2018.
The results of the election will be announced at Consumer NZ's Annual General Meeting. The AGM will be held at 12.30pm on Friday 29 June 2018 at Consumer NZ, Level 1, 204 Thorndon Quay, Wellington. All current financial members are invited to attend.
“I am a knowledgeable, skilled and innovative leader holding a broad range of experience/wisdom across many domains. My board governance expertise covers the health sector, government and NGOs and membership of the Institute of Directors NZ. I have also worked in a family business responding to complaints and guaranteeing product quality.”
Sharon works for the Lakes DHB as the executive clinician responding to consumer complaints and Health and Disability Commission complaints, and incidents. She also leads the Clinical Quality Governance Executive. She was an appointed director of Standards NZ for 11 years. In that time, she reviewed and approved standards around consumer products. Sharon’s interests include product standards and utility, guarantees and assurances, risk management, audit assurance and improvement, and healthcare quality and safety.
“As a pharmacist, my instinct is to improve people's lives and this spills over into wanting the best for everyone in any walk of life. I want to continue to give my knowledge and energy to help keep Consumer helping ordinary people as I do in my pharmacy.”
Paul is a Consumer NZ Board member and has been Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee since October 2014. He owns a large suburban pharmacy, post shop and café, and Henrietta Soaps in Dunedin. He chairs the New Zealand Pharmacy Education and Research Foundation, is a board member of WellSouth Primary Health Network, and has previously served on other pharmacy organisations.
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“I have a background in consumer law. I also have strong governance experience which lets me work as part of a team. I have incredibly strong community networks. Most importantly, I am a strong advocate for consumers and for the communities.”
Joseph worked as a lawyer for the former Ministry of Consumer Affairs and as private secretary to the minister. He has also given consumer law training to budget advice services and community law centres. He is on various boards and panels including Otara, Otahuhu, Mangere East and Wiri Business Associations, Pacific Health and Welfare Inc, Vaiola Pacific Island Budgeting Service Trust (Mangere), Otara Health Charitable Trust, Variety Charity Community Panel and the Auckland Foundation Research and Grants Panel.
“As a Disputes Tribunal Referee for 19 years, deputy chairperson of the Medical Council of New Zealand and a trustee of the Tauranga Community Foodbank Trust, I have the skills, knowledge, and experience to contribute to and enhance consumer protection. I have been a member of Consumer NZ for more than 10 years and found its services and information to be robust and thorough.”
Laura is a Disputes Tribunal referee sitting in the Tauranga District Court since 1999. She has been a member of the Medical Council of New Zealand since 2009 and deputy chairperson since 2014. She is a trustee of the Tauranga Community Foodbank. Laura has a Juris Doctor degree in law and has substantial business management experience.
“I am a passionate chartered accountant with practical management and governance experience. As a mother of three children I have substantial experience as a savvy consumer. As an advocate for my child’s organisational/learning differences, my varied community involvement is based on building relationships with people from all walks of life. I bring skills of pragmatism, collaboration, strategic decision-making and a desire for relevant consumer protection for members of Consumer and NZ consumers.”
Anna is a chartered accountant experienced in public practice with Deloitte and currently a self-employed accountant. Her governance experience includes board membership of Wellington Free Kindergarten Association (Whanau Manaaki) from 2010-2013. She chairs Redwood School Board of Trustees (trustee since 2012) and is treasurer of Camp Elsdon Incorporated Society.
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