Date posted: 2/06/2020 3 min read

Members awarded Queen's Birthday honours

NZ Fellow Chartered Accountants and Chartered Accountant make the latest Queen's Birthday Honours List.

In Brief

  • Justine Smyth FCA was awarded a CNZM for services to governance and women
  • Donna Kennedy CA was awarded a QSM for services to people with disabilities
  • Neil Taylor FCA was also awarded a QSM for services to people with intellectual disabilities and the community

Three Kiwi Chartered Accountants were recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List announced over the long weekend.

Peter Vial, New Zealand Country Head of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) said the members receiving the honours are outstanding examples of CA ANZ members contributing to their communities.

"They reveal the depth of engagement with, and support of, a wide range of community activities by Chartered Accountants around the country."

"Justine, Donna and Neil exemplify the differences CAs are making in their communities."

CNZM - Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit: Justine Smyth FCA for services to governance and women.

Justine has been Chair of the Breast Cancer Foundation since 2010 and has championed diversity on the boards and leadership teams of some of New Zealand's biggest companies.

She joined the Breast Cancer Foundation's Board of Trustees in 1996, helping it to educate the public and promote early detection and screening. Under her leadership the Foundation set the aspirational vision of 'zero deaths from breast cancer' and expanded its programmes to become New Zealand's biggest non-governmental funder of breast cancer research.

She championed the Pink Caravan project, a mobile clinic that takes breast care nurses to small towns around New Zealand and technology-led innovations to support patients nationwide. During her involvement with the Foundation, New Zealand's breast cancer death rate has decreased by more than 30 percent.

Justine has served in corporate governance roles for 15 years. She is currently Chair of Spark NZ and Director of Auckland International Airport. In these roles she has been instrumental in the setting and achievement of gender diversity targets for their boards and leadership teams.

She has helped numerous women achieve their first commercial board appointment and is an active mentor to aspiring directors and senior leaders.

QSM - The Queen's Service Medal: Donna Kennedy CA for services to people with disabilities.

Donna Kennedy has volunteered for Wellington Riding for the Disabled (WRDA) for 17 years and served two terms as President. She has served on the WRDA Committee for 16 years and is a volunteer coach and mentor.

In 2017 she stepped down as President to become project manager for the arena rebuild which was opened in 2019. She was the driving force behind the WRDA's relocation after a land dispute beginning in 2010, playing a key role in the acquisition of land at Battle Hill and more than $1 million in donations from charitable funders.

Donna is a trustee for the NZRDA Perpetual Members fund and has previously been a Board member of New Zealand Riding for the Disabled.

QSM - The Queen's Service Medal: Neil Taylor FCA for services to people with intellectual disabilities and the community.

Neil has volunteered for IHC since 1978 and is involved with the wider Hawera community.

He has until recently been Chairperson of the Board of IHC New Zealand and a Director of Accessible Properties Ltd. He is currently a Director of IHC New Zealand. He was previously President of IHC South Taranaki from 1986 to 1996 and was made a Life Member of IHC New Zealand in 1998.

His Chartered Accounting firm, Harris Taylor Chartered Accountants, provided scholarships to students of Hawera High School. He was Deputy Chairman of the Board of Hawera High School for three years followed by three years as Chairman.

Neil has volunteered advisory and mentoring services to the community and assisted local organisations with fundraising for various projects including a movie theatre. He was involved with the Hawera Repertory Society for a number of years in various roles. He is a member of the Audit Committee of Te Korowai O Ngaruahine Trust in Hawera.

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