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Background

I was born in Liverpool, England and as a young child emigrated with my family to Christchurch.

In 1994, I moved to Wellington with my two young daughters to take on a senior role within what was then the Department of Justice. I loved Wellington from the start, the friendliness of the people, the compactness of the city centre and the vibrancy of the city even way back then.

For five years I first lived in the wonderful community of Owhiro Bay and then Mornington. In late 1999 my daughters and I moved to Khandallah with my new extended family – husband Jeff Owens and his two daughters. We love the character of Khandallah and the real community spirit. Our four daughters went to local schools, are now grown (with one granddaughter adding to our family) and we are fortunate that they all still live in the wider Wellington area – Johnsonville, Crofton Downs, Thorndon and Mt Victoria.

As part of our family we also have Lucy the Labrador and two cats – Soda and Bella.

Interests

Jeff and I enjoy spending time with our family and friends.

We also enjoy gardening and doing our best to reap the benefits of home-grown produce.

In recent years I have taken up cycling on the safe cycle paths in the Wellington region as well as other parts of the country and overseas. I can appreciate and understand the rewards and also the (manageable) risks involved.

Work

I have over 25 years of experience working in large government and private enterprises in operational and strategic leadership from Project Manager through to General Manager roles – (strategic planning, business operations, HR, Health and safety, IT, stakeholder engagement, customer delivery, process management, financial transactions management, membership management, Insolvency management etc). A large part of my experience has been in the public sector (Justice, State Services Commission, Immigration, WorkSafe) including working at Wellington City Council managing their Financial Transactions Bureau (2002-2005).

Giving back to the community

I volunteer part of my time on local community activities (such as Khandallah Residents Group) as well as to the business community. I am a member and Board member of the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation – a not for profit membership organisation that supports NZ businesses to achieve outstanding performance.

Our family support Zealandia as members and we are certainly seeing the benefits around Wellington through increased numbers of native birds in our garden.

I was also a Committee member, Khandallah Croquet Club, 2010 – 2012 and Treasurer, Owhiro Bay Primary School Board of Trustees, 1996 -2001

 

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Diane Calvert