- Chartered Accountant Lara Ariell, CFO of Inland Revenue, is a finalist in the awards’ Board and Management category.
- More than 80 New Zealand women nominated across 10 award categories.
- CA ANZ is a sponsor of the awards’ Diversity category.
The 2018 Women of Influence (WOI) Awards will be presented on 18 September as New Zealand prepares to celebrate 125 years of women's suffrage – the first country to have legislated women's right to vote.
The event, now in its sixth year, celebrates women who make a difference in their communities and organisations. It aims to increase the visibility of women in leadership and highlight the important contribution made by women.
Eighty-three New Zealanders have been nominated over ten categories this year.
Among them is Lara Ariell CA, Chief Financial Officer of Inland Revenue, who has been nominated for the Board and Management award.
We need to invest in people coming through; particularly in helping women believe – to have confidence – they can do these roles and bring something valuable to the table.
She says she was nominated by Inland Revenue's Commissioner, Naomi Ferguson who won the WOI Public Policy award in 2016. "I was a reluctant participant, but Naomi was very persuasive about the need for women to demonstrate that we can do these things."
Lara felt this was particularly the case for governance.
At Inland Revenue she is part of the Executive Leadership team, chairs the Performance and Investment Committee and sits on the Programme Governance Committee of the Business Transformation programme to modernise the New Zealand tax system.
"We are governing a significant entity and a huge programme."
She says Inland Revenue is "doing really well" on the diversity front. "We have a female CEO (Ferguson), a good balance in the Executive Leadership team and throughout the governance structure. But we need to invest in people coming through; particularly in helping women believe – to have confidence – they can do these roles and bring something valuable to the table."
Lara called on organisations to get the balance right so women and men can have both a challenging career and a family, to find a "new equilibrium".
Peter Vial FCA, NZ Country Head of Chartered Accountants ANZ, said this year’s awards "feel especially significant because we are celebrating some of our country's top women leaders in the year we celebrate 125 years of women's suffrage."
"It is a great occasion for the country and we are immensely proud that one of our own members, Lara Ariell, has been nominated for an award in the Board and Management category. "We congratulate Lara on her work at the Inland Revenue and an outstanding career."
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