August 22, 2016

Chen Palmer Partner Marina Matthews 2016 Women of Influence finalist

Originally published on Stuff

The finalists for the Women of Influence awards for 2016 have been announced.

Presented by Fairfax Media and Westpac, the New Zealand Women of Influence programme recognises and celebrates women from all walks of life who make a difference to everyday Kiwis.

The Women of Influence programme is committed to increasing the visibility of women’s leadership in New Zealand, highlighting the important contribution women take in creating a bold and diverse future for New Zealand

We are dedicated to uncovering women who have committed time and energy to help and encourage other women in their industry, and who are fighting for change every day – be it in their workplace, their community or among their peers.

The winners will be announced at an Awards Dinner at SKYCITY in Auckland on October 12.

Arts and Culture

Dr Anna Crighton, Recruitment Coordinator of Personnel Resources Temp Resources

Angie Farrow, Associate Professor of Massey University

Nicola Legat, Publisher of Massey University

Lizzie Marvelly, Editor of Villainesse

Deborah McCormick, Director of SCAPE Public Art

Angela Meyer, Managing Director of Double Denim Ltd

Anne O’Brien, Festival Director of Auckland Writers Festival

Kristina Pickford, Chair of CSA Canterbury Society of Arts Charitable Trust

Anna Pierard, Creative Director of Festival Opera / Project Prima Volta

Gayle Preston, Founder of Gayle Preston Productions

Dr Huhana Smith, Head of School of Art of Massey University

Board and Management

Michelle Boag, Director of Boag Allen SVG

Jolie Hodson, CFO of Spark New Zealand

Glenda Hughes, Board Chair of New Zealand Racing Board

Lisa Jacobs, CEO of Anthony Harper

Candace Kinser, Director / Advisor of Palantir Technologies, Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC), EROAD

Pauline Lamb, Chief Operating Officer of Airways New Zealand

Victoria Maclennan, Independant Director of ThunderMaps

Parekawhia McLean, Chief Executive of Waikato-Tainui Raupatu Lands Trust

Helen Robinson, Co-Founder / Executive Director of Organic Initiative

Teresa Tepania-Ashton, CEO of Maori Women’s Development Inc

Sue Tindal, CFO of Auckland Council

Renee Walker, General Manager, Customer Reinstatement of IAG New Zealand

Business Enterprise

Jennifer Boggiss, Director of Heilala Vanilla

Tracey Bridges, Managing Director of SenateSHJ

Lisa King, Director of Eat My Lunch

Chelsea Millar, Owner / Consultant of Grass Roots Media

Sachie Nomura, Founder of Sachie’s Kitchen

Carolyn Oakley-Brown, CEO of Oakley Brown Pharmacy Group

Fiona Shepherd, Owner / Manager of Arohanui and Harinui Early Childhood Learning Centres

Dr Catherine Stone, Founder of The Face Place MedSpa

Carmen Vicelich, Founder / Managing Director of Data Insight Ltd

Community / Not for Profit

Katerina Bennett, Trustee of Maori Women’s Development Inc

Kaila Colbin, Curator of Singularity University

Carla Donson, Manager of Wanganui Women’s Network

Marianne Elliott, National Director of Action Station

Jennifer Gill, CEO of Foundation North

Shirley Julich, Senior Lecturer of Massey University

Mawera Karetai, Managing Director of AIMS Limited

Moira Lawler, General Manager of The Lifewise Trust

Rebecca Lees, Co-Founder of Incredible Edibles

Marama Pala, Director / Advisor of Palantir Technologies, Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC), EROAD

Annah Stretton, Governing Director of Stretton Clothing Company Limited

Awerangi Tamihere, Director of Strategy, Innovation & Design of Te Whanau o Waipareira

Sue Van Schreven, CEO / Founder of Orphans Aid International

Catriona Williams, Communications & Marketing Manager / Founder of Little Avondale, Catwalk


Sandy Burgham, Director of Play – Contemporary Leadership Colab

Allyn Danzeisen, Assistant National Coordinator of Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand (IWCNZ)

Shelley Huang, Media & Community Relations Manager of IAG NZ Ltd

Sue Kedgley, Board Member of UN Women National Committee Aotearoa NZ

Sarah Leberman, Professor of Leadership of Massey University

Marina Matthews, Partner of Chen Palmer

Neelusha Memon, Social Change Advocate of Limitless with Support

Mahsa Mohaghegh, Senior Lecturer / Academic Leader of Unitec

Julie Raine, Bid Manager of Downer New Zealand

Sue Sheldon, Chair / Director of New Zealand Global Women, Real Journeys Ltd


Sally Casswell, Co-Director of SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, College of Health, Massey University

Melissa Clark-Reynolds, Independent Director & Chair Finance and Risk Committee of Jasmax

Kate Corich, Founder / Managing Director of Sysdoc

Mary Fenwick, Business Coach / Journalist / Fundraiser

Frances Hughes, CEO of International Council of Nurses

Rachel Petero, Founder of RP Enterprise Group Ltd

Lyn Provost, Controller and Auditor-General of New Zealand of Office of the Auditor-General

Sian Simpson, Community Manager of Kiwi Landing Pad

Public Policy

Cath Atkins, Deputy Secretary, Macroeconomics and Growth of The Treasury

Ann Brower, Lecturer of Lincoln University

Jo Cribb, Chief Executive of Ministry for Women

Naomi Ferguson, Commissioner of Inland Revenue

Dr Agneta Fullarton, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon of Hutt Valley District Health Board

Nettles Lamont, Managing Director of Conquest Training Ltd

Aileen Lawrie, Chief Executive of Opotiki District Council

Rachael Moore, Industry Advocate of Tourism Industry Aotearoa

Tusha Penny, National Manager Prevention of NZ Police

Tracie Shipton, Director of Dingwall Trust


Sharon Barton of Tihoi Farm

Rebecca Keoghan, Director / Business Manager of Landcorp, Keoghan Farm, Westland Milk Products

Dianne Kidd, Partner of RJ & DJ Kidd Partnership Whenuapai Farm

Natasha King, Agribusiness Manager of Meridian Energy

Chelsea Millar, Owner / Consultant of Grass Roots Media

Mavis Mullins, Chairman of Rangitane Tu Mai Ra

Sarah Paterson, Founder / Consultant of Blue Circle Consulting Ltd

Bex Warburton, Owner / Leadership Coach of

Philippa Wright, Director of Wright Wool Limited

Young Leader

Fatumata Bah, PA to Regional Coordinator of People First New Zealand

Andrea Brewster, Communications Advisor of Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Alexia Hilbertidou, Founder / CEO of GirlBoss NZ

Anna Hoek-Sims, Community Education Officer of Rape Crisis Dunedin

Abbe Hyde, CEO of SuchCrowd

Sharndre Kushor, Co-Founder / Chief Operations Officer of Crimson Consulting

Tammavisa Piumsomboon, Analyst, New Zealand Equities of New Zealand Superannuation Fund

Jess Quinn, Founder of Limbitless

Loren Skudder-Hill, CEO of Ukuda

Kaitlyn White, Co-Chairperson of Christchurch Youth Council

Women of Influence Forum

The Women of Influence Forum is for women who aspire to lead at a senior level within an organisation or community. It provides the opportunity to hear valuable insights, learnings and strategies from recognised and high achieving leaders.

We will also be holding two panel discussions, each focussing on one aspect of the theme for the Forum: ‘Turning ideas into action, investing in yourself.’