- A FCA and a CA are Women of Influence awards’ finalists
- 81 finalists shortlisted for the awards on 17 November
- CA ANZ sponsors the awards’ diversity category
Two Chartered Accountants are among the finalists for the 2020 Women of Influence Awards.
Auckland’s Dame Alison Paterson FCA from is a finalist in the Board & Management category and Wellington’s Emma Grigg CA in Public Policy.
Dame Alison is Chair of the Forestry Industry Safety Council, Te Aupouri Commercial Development and Te Aupouri Fisheries Management Limited. Emma Grigg is Policy Director at Inland Revenue.
The awards programme, which is jointly presented by Westpac NZ and Stuff, attracted 339 nominations across 10 categories. Entrants were judged on the strength, scope and impact of their actions, with 81 finalists shortlisted for the awards dinner on 17 November.
The awards’ Diversity category is sponsored by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ).
Stuff CEO and owner Sinead Boucher says reviewing the Women of Influence entries each year is an inspiring exercise, but the calibre of the 2020 entries and the collective power of women’s stories, blew the judges away. “New Zealand women see a problem, a need or an opportunity and apply themselves to creating something better, despite any adversity and uncertainty they come up against.”
Westpac NZ Chief Executive David McLean says the strength of this year’s nominations comes as no surprise given the resilience all New Zealanders have shown this year. “From our conversations with tens of thousands of customers, we know COVID-19 has affected everyone in different ways, but we continue to be amazed by the spirit and can-do attitude of Kiwis. That’s clearly reflected in this year’s impressive finalists.”
Every year, a supreme winner is chosen from the ten category winners. The past two supreme winners were neonatologist Dame Jane Harding (2019) and family violence campaigner Jackie Clark (2018).
The Women of Influence 2020 winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner at the Aotea Centre in Auckland on 17 November.
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