A New Zealander passionate about business, the advancing of women's interests and animal welfare.

Photo by Bevan Read

Photo by Bevan Read

I believe that if you feel strongly about something, you should do something about it. Much of my personal life is spent investing in causes and interests that inspire me. 

I was thrilled to be recognised in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List by being made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and philanthropy.


I am a fanatical swimmer, going for a swim first thing every day wherever I am.  It has become my non-negotiable start to the day!

Though I didn’t grow up riding horses, after the first time I was hooked.  For many years rode my horse Pride at least once, maybe twice, a week. Pride is no longer with us but I still enjoy equestrian sports and support New Zealander show jumper Lilly Toothill.

I have always loved books and am a voracious reader of many different genres. As well as writing my own book, Bird on a Wire – The Inside Story from a Straight Talking CEO (published by Random House, March 2010), I was Chair of the New Zealand Advisory Group for the Frankfurt Book Fair 2012 where New Zealand was the featured country. I am a Patron of the Auckland Writers Festival.

Bird on a Wire – The Inside Story from a Straight Talking CEO
Random House New Zealand, March 2010.


To purchase a copy for NZ$25 plus postage contact me
Also available in Auckland at The Women’s Bookshop, 105 Ponsonby Road.  09 3764399 or books@womensbookshop.co.nz


New Zealand

Growing up my three sisters and I were taught that women can be anything they want to be when provided with equal opportunities. That belief has never left me and for more than 20 years I have supported groups dedicated to empowering women, including Women’s Refuge, and the New Horizons for Women Trust

In 2015, I started the World Women Charitable Trust with my good friends Barbara Gabler, Chris Woodwiss and Lindy Nelson.  As worldwomen we want to be a catalyst for women being inspired to manifest amazing outcomes and to create meaningful change in the world.

With close friend, Margaret Doucas, I also founded the Eva Doucas Charitable Trust.  Through Eva’s Attic retail shops, we sold premium and pre-loved clothing with all profits going to the charities whose volunteers worked in the shop including New Horizons for Women, Helping you Helping Animals (HUHA), Youthline, Kaibosh, Skylight and Wellington Rape Crisis.  

Animal welfare is another cause that is close to my heart. I have been a longstanding supporter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), and was Chair of the Wellington Board of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for many years and was proud to be a part of Wellington SPCA's vision to create the Wellington SPCA Animal Care, Education and Community Centre which became a reality in February 2014.  I was on the Royal New Zealand SPCA (RNZSPCA) National Board from June 2016 to April 2018 as it transitioned to become ONE SPCA and in February 2019 I was inducted into the RNZSPCA Hall of Fame. The SPCA is not directly funded by the government and will always need your support.  YOU CAN HELP by simply making a donation or perhaps adopting an animal.

I also support a number of other New Zealand charitable endeavours including Kootuitui ki Papakura, The Aunties, Auckland Health Foundation and the Arts Foundation Laureate Awards being the founding sponsor of the Woman's Art Laureate Award.


I am Patron of the Cambodia Charitable Trust founded by Denise Arnold and personally support many girls to provide further education opportunities for them in Cambodia.

I also support World Pulse, Sister Zeph at the Zephaniah Women’s Education and Empowerment Foundation, Tree Sisters and Amnesty International.


I share my home in Auckland with my wonderful furry companions Ollie, Archie and Palin.  I can't imagine what home would be like without them!