Date posted: 23/11/2020 2 min read

Dame Alison Paterson FCA recognised for "extraordinary contribution"

Judges at the latest New Zealand Women of Influence awards acclaim Dame Alison’s profound influence in a range of governance roles when selecting her for the Board and Management award.

In Brief

  • Dame Alison Paterson FCA wins Board and Management Award at New Zealand’s 2020 Women of Influence Awards
  • Judges praise her “extraordinary contribution” to governance
  • The Women of Influence Awards recognise and celebrate exceptional women

Dame Alison Paterson FCA has won the Board and Management Award at the 2020 Stuff-Westpac Women of Influence Awards. 

The trailblazing businesswoman, company director and “Grande Dame of Governance” picked up the honour at the eighth annual awards held at Auckland’s Aotea Centre earlier this month.

Judges praised her “extraordinary contribution” and profound influence in a range of governance roles.

“Dame Alison was one of the first of a generation of women to reach the top of the corporate ladder in New Zealand and has been a tremendous contributor to business and the accounting profession across a huge range of activities,” said Peter Vial FCA, New Zealand Country Head for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ).

“A women of influence award is a very appropriate recognition for Dame Alison’s immense contribution over decades.”

The Diversity Award, sponsored by CA ANZ, was won by Tupe Solomon-Tanoa'I for helping finance criminal justice and family law research and campaigning for cultural recognition and inclusion.

There were a total of 339 nominations across 10 award categories. Auckland University microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles was named the supreme winner.

Emma Grigg CA, Policy Director at Inland Revenue, was a finalist in the awards’ public policy category.

“Emma has been a leader in the development of tax law and policy over several decades and was a very well-deserved finalist in this year’s awards,” according to Peter Vial.

The Women of Influence Awards recognise and celebrate exceptional women who have committed time and energy to create real change in their industry and communities and are using their influence to achieve great things.

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