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Rural Women New Zealand National Board
Rural Women New Zealand National Board 2016-2017
Rural Women New Zealand is an Incorporated Society and is registered with
the Charities Commission. The elected National Board consists of the National President, National Finance Chair and four Board
members. Its role as the governance body of the organisation is to establish and monitor the long-term direction of the organisation.
The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for managing the day to day affairs of the organisation, the achievement of board-approved strategic
goals, annual plans and objectives.
Fiona Gower – National President
Fiona is a graduate of the Agri-Women's Development Trust Escalator programme and has served on our National Council since 2013.
Fiona was a Kellogg's rural leadership scholar in 2009, and holds a diploma from Lincoln in wool technology. She is presently on the Onewhero-Tuakau
Community Board and Waikato Conservation Board, as well as secretary of the Onewhero Swimming Club and a member of the Port Waikato BeachCare
Fiona and her family live on a farm at Port Waikato and when not fulfilling her community commitments and running after her school aged children,
she is a casual worker on the farm.
Rachael Dean – National Finance Chair
Rachael Dean, BCom.; C.I.A.; C.A.; has held multiple roles including Provincial President, in Rural Women New Zealand since returning to New Zealand
in 2004. In these roles, she has successfully combined her experience in rural communities - which began in the South Island High Country -
with senior corporate financial and governance roles both in New Zealand and overseas.
Rachael has served on numerous public bodies, including Southland Area Health Board, Waikato Chamber of Commerce, Sport Waikato, Invercargill City
Council, Diving New Zealand, Northamptonshire County Health Partnership, and Wellingborough Borough Council, England; and has chaired several
Rachael maintains her interest in international affairs and in the past two years took a study trip to the UAE to learn more about their culture,
education, business, law, and finance; and in 2015 attended a symposium in Brussels on Lead in Ammunition.
Rachael is the author of a New Zealand history book, From the Other End of the World. She is also a keen shooter, shooting FTR, Service
rifle and pistol, and is a member of several of her local clubs.
Janet Williams – Board Member, North Island
Penny Mudford – Board Member, North Island
Margaret Pittaway – Board member, South Island
Margaret joined Rural Women New Zealand in 1996 and was elected to the National Council in 2011. She was the founding member of the Central
Otago Women in Agribusiness Group, past President of the Cromwell Branch and Central Otago Provincial.
As a retired nurse her key specialties are in rural health and social issues.
Sue Higgins, Board Member, South island
Penelope England, Chief Executive Officer
Penelope joined RWNZ from the Insurance & Savings Ombudsman Scheme Inc. where she set up the role as the Participant Liaison Manager after
the Financial Service Providers (Registration and Dispute Resolution) Act 2008.
Prior to that role, Penelope worked as the Communications, Marketing and Membership Manager of the New Zealand Institute of Management, and the
Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Heating and Air Conditioning.
For the past few years, she has worked in the not for profit (NFP) sector and for membership-based organisations. Each NFP role held has required
effective communication with stakeholders at all levels, from members and practitioners to professional industry bodies and government officials.
Penelope is a current appointed board member of the Wellington SPCA and is an advocate for animal welfare. She is passionate about the arts, including
visual arts, classical music and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
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