I was elected as a Wellington city councillor in October 2016 for the Wharangi/Onslow- Western ward. How we make decisions is just as important in what we decide so I continue to champion better community engagement, more consensus decision making and improved governance.
I work hard every day to ensure our Council takes a balanced and fair approach to what the city needs now and in the future. I also work hard to get your ideas and suggestions into Council and to help address your local issues.
I’m committed to working with others so that our city continues to prosper and is able to readily adapt to future change.
Over the past three years, I have :
- Engagement – provided a voice to champion genuine engagement practices with our communities of place and interests
- Planning – supported plans that provide a city centre and neighbourhoods that accommodate choice, cohesiveness and vibrancy
- Investment – helped secure further investment for improving Karori’s town centre, revitalising Khandallah Summer Pool and getting a new footpath and steps into Rangiora Ave
- Advocacy – helped address local issues such as parking, buses, safety, resilience and water services
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 and a new grandson adding to our family) and we are fortunate that they all still live and work in the wider Wellington area – Johnsonville, Central city, Berhampore and Lower Hutt.
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).