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EEO Trust announces new Board members

Tuesday, Sep 5, 2017, by Sheryl Blythen

The Equal Employment Opportunities Trust (now operating as Diversity Works New Zealand) has announced the appointment of three new private sector trustees to its Board. Joining the Board are John Christie, Director of Enterprise Dunedin, Adrienne Lee Miller, General Manager, Corporate Services, Watercare, and Ranjna Patel, Director of Nirvana Health Group. Board Chair Michael Barnett says the three new members are an outstanding addition to the Trust Board, bringing a wealth of experience in providing strategic direction, leadership and governance to New Zealand organisations. Christie is a senior management executive with previous director, CEO and project manager experience at several high-profile New Zealand organisations. In his role as Director of Enterprise Dunedin he is a member of Dunedin City Council’s executive leadership team. His governance experience includes roles with Otago Polytechnic, South Canterbury District Health Board Audit Committee, Warbirds Over Wanaka, Taiera-Strath Taieri PHO and New Zealand Chambers of Commerce. Miller has held several senior executives roles, including acting as legal counsel for major NZ corporates such as Downer New Zealand, Carter Holt Harvey and Waste Management New Zealand. She currently sits on the Women in Infrastructure Board, the Infrastructure New Zealand Advisory group seeking to further gender diversity in the infrastructure industry, and is active in her local community. Patel has business and governance experience in the health care and community sectors. She spent four decades growing Nirvana Healthcare from a family business to 34 clinics with more than 1000 staff. As well as Ministerial appointments to NACEW, the Lottery AK Distribution Committee, and the Ethnic Communities Development Fund, she is also a Trustee of the Kootuitui ki Papakura Trust, Deputy Chair of the NZ Asian Leaders Group Board of the Middlemore Foundation, Director of the Bank of Baroda and Executive Trustee of Total Healthcare Otara. Existing EEO Trust Board members are: Michael Barnett, Director Auckland Chamber and NZ Chambers of Commerce & Industry Kylie Mooney, Chief Operating Officer, Meredith Connell (Crown Solicitors) Chris Litchfield, Managing Director, Coca Cola Amatil Helene Quilter, Secretary of Defence, New Zealand Defence Force Michelle Hippolite, Chief Executive, Te Puni Kokiri Naomi Ferguson, Commissioner and Chief Executive, Inland Revenue Debbie Power, Deputy State Services Commissioner and Chief Executive, State Services Commission

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