Why did you choose to volunteer for Blue Cross?
Animals play such an important role in my life and that of my family, so volunteering with a charity focused on the health and happiness of animals is really important to me. The Blue Cross was my charity of choice as I am passionate about their vision and in particular the objective to promote the impact of pets in helping change lives. Three years ago, my husband and I adopted two children who struggle every day with the impact of the trauma they sustained in their early years. We have been lucky enough to see first-hand the benefit that animals can play in improving mental health and wellbeing.
What is your professional background?
My family and I live on a smallholding in Cornwall, where we have three holiday cottages. I am a Non-Executive Director of Corserv Group, Chair of Cormac and Chair of the Corserv Adult Social Care Committee. Before making the move to the South West I was also very proud to be a Trustee for Demelza Hospice for Children in the South East and South London. My corporate career was fairly evenly spread between strategic leadership and business transformation roles within the Australasian aviation sector, and marketing and innovation roles within Financial Services here in the UK. Like one of my fellow Trustees, I was born in New Zealand, have a BCom from Auckland University and am a CA with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand.
For how long have you been a trustee and what is your role?
I am one of the new Board members who joined the organisation at the start of 2020. I am looking forward to working with my fellow Trustees and the Executive to support the Blue Cross in achieving its vision over the coming years. I bring a strong background in governance and business transformation and am an avid believer in the importance of engaging people at all levels of the organisation – employees and volunteers – in support of delivering the vision. I will be a member of the Service Delivery Committee and the Finance & Support Committee.
Tell us about your own pets
We are lucky to have eight acres of land, a home which we share with a quite a number of furry and feathered friends. Lily (our rescue staffie), Paws (our rescue cat), Donk and Ponk (our very cheeky rehomed miniature donkeys), Butty, Brains and Cutie (our pygmy goats), Chuff, Nora, Quackers and the girls (our geese), and our tribe of runner ducks, call ducks and chickens. We made for a rather lively addition to our quiet valley when we moved here five and a half years ago!