Katikati Community Centre Executive Board
Meet Our Board
Soon after beginning my study in Social Welfare, I realised that good support and guidance, relevant education and skills were key to moving effectively through the difficulties that life can bring. For the pass 30 + years my work life has been centred in Education, with teaching in the Primary Sector and serving at Board level for Secondary Education. My focus as a young teacher was to build relisence in students and their families, enabling them to identify problems and develop strategies to over come them. My experience has shown that by developing resilence within the family unit, young people are more likely to withstand and overcome challenges, learn from them, and develop and succeed in healthy ways.
I grew up in Katikati. I am a 4th generation descendant of the ‘Boyd’ and ‘Henry’ families who sailed to New Zealand from Northern Ireland on the ‘Lady Jocelyn’ in 1878 and the ‘Victory’ in 1884. I left Katikati after I finishing college and returned in 2014 to assisted my aging parents. Since my return I have been involved in my community working on community enhancement and environmental projects. Until recently I taught at Waihi Beach Primary School and currently I am a Councillor for Western Bay of Plenty District Council. I also serve as a committee member for Katikati Open Air Art and Katikati War Mermorial Hall.
Although my husband, two children and I have only lived in Katikati for three years, we've been visiting family here for the last 20. While my early working career involved working in the clothing industry as a patternmaker/grader and dressmaker, I made a swift change in my mid-twenties when I was selected into the NZ Rowing Team based in Cambridge. I represented New Zealand as part of the Rowing Team for 10 years including attending two Olympic Games. On retirement from competition I moved to Christchurch where I worked for 10 years in sports coaching and management.
The move back to the North Island was for a fabulous role as event manager at Katch Katikati, a position that enabled me to quickly get to know this wonderful community. It's a privilege to be part of this town and to be able to contribute in a small way.
Over the last year, I have enjoyed working with the team at The Community Centre to document their strategic plan and create a business plan covering the period 2021 and 2022. I provided support to David Marshall and the Board in their preparation for presenting the move to a charitable Trust at an SGM. I will continue to work with the Board and Team at the Centre in other areas as needed.
It is a pleasure to use my business experience to support the Centre. I worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 30 years, and for the last 20 years of my pharmaceutical career I held several senior positions in a number of countries. I developed strong analytical and strategic thinking competencies throughout my career as I started in market research before moving on to business leadership. I also had the privilege to serve on committees of several industry groups.
Since leaving full time employment in 2015, I have worked in voluntary positions, spent time on my hobbies and carried out some consultancy. I became a trustee of COATS (Crowthorne Old Age to Teen Society) a charity which provides a day centre for senior citizens in and around the village of Crowthorne, Berkshire, UK. I also served on the Independent Monitoring Panel of The Chartered Banker Professional Standards Board. I am married to a New Zealander and we live in Bethlehem, Tauranga. Moving to New Zealand in 2019 has allowed me to enjoy spending time on my hobbies of pottery, art and reading and of course supporting the Community Centre.
Board Selection & Duties
Katikati Community Centre (Katikati Community Resource Centre Inc) is a non-profit community organization established in 1991, and operating in the community since 1993.
The governance of the Centre has been entrusted to an Executive Board whose members are asked to commit to serve a 2-year term. A second 2-year term, confirmed at the AGM, or an SGM, is possible, after which Board members must retire for a minimum of 24 months, before being eligible for reelection. The Board consists of 4-7 members
Diversity within the Board is actively sought and encouraged, emphasizing diversity of ethnicity, age,
culture, gender, relevant skills, and ability to represent a segment of the wider Katikati community.
Duties of the Board
The purpose of the Executive Board is to oversee the management of the business of the Community Centre, employ the Centre Manager, and to provide leadership within the organization and wider Katikati community. The board as a whole is responsible for the following roles that are essential to the success of the Community Centre.
1. Determining the Centre’s Mission, Vision, Objectives (Purpose), and Operating Norms
2. Ensuring effective organisational planning
3. Ensuring adequate resourcing.
4. Ensuring resources are managed effectively.
5. Approving and monitoring, the Centre’s programs to best reflect community needs.
6. Promoting the Centre’s public standing and reputation.
7. Ensuring legal and ethical integrity while maintaining accountability.
8. Recruiting and orienting new Board members with required complementary skill sets.
While the implementation of the day to day running of the Centre is delegated to the Centre Manager and staff, the Board retains responsibility for the governance oversight of the organization.
The Board generally meets on a bi-monthly basis for up to 2 hours. Additional meetings are held as
required should circumstances require Board input – eg appointment of a new Centre Manager, setting Annual Budget targets etc. Some Board members may serve on subcommittees of the Board – eg Finance, HR etc which will require more ad hoc meetings organised to suit the availability of the members.
The Board frequently seeks to recruit new Board members to expand its skill base and/or community
Board members need to be passionate about serving the community, particularly in the areas of
children & youth, adult education, social support, and information services. They need to be prepared to commit a minimum of 2 hours of service per month to be familiar with the Centre’s activities and governance issues, and to attend the organised Board & subcommittee meetings.
People with a strong personal commitment to the community with knowledge and experience in
community led development, advocacy, and governance are encouraged to apply.
Applications will be reviewed by the Board and candidates offering key needed skills and community
diversity will be invited to fill any current vacancies. Applicants may be unsuccessful, not due to their
lack of suitability for the Board, but purely because they do not contribute greater diversity or the specific needed skills at that time.
How To Apply
If you wish to volunteer as a Board member, please submit an application to the Katikati Community Centre by completing the adjacent online form. Applications will be considered at the following Board Meeting and the applicants advised of the outcome in a timely manner.
We appreciate all offers of help in this governance role.