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The Board of Directors is made up of leaders from across the sectors Careerforce engaged with. They have supported Careerforce to be more effective and efficient, to expand the offerings and to engage with new and existing stakeholders.

Fiona Pimm
Independent Chair

Fiona Pimm affiliates to Ngāi Tahu with her cultural feet firmly planted at Arowhenua near Temuka. She lives in Ōtautahi but travels around Aotearoa regularly for work and leisure.

As a Professional Director on several Boards, she has a special interest in health and education services. She is committed to the continuous improvement of our health and education services and to community engagement.

Describing herself as an idealist, she always looks towards the long term strategic outcomes while keeping focused on the work that must be achieved on the journey. She has a knack for getting to the nub of the issue and focusing on solutions.

Fiona dreams of seeing all Whānau across Aotearoa achieving their full potential in the way that best fits their personal and cultural aspirations.

Andrea McLeod
Director Home and Community Support and Deputy Chair

Andrea McLeod is the Home and Community Health Association representative and is Chair of the Association, a position she has held for seven years.  With a background as a Registered Nurse, Andrea has been working in the Home and Community Sector since 2006.  Andrea is employed by Presbyterian Support Northern as General Manager, Strategic Change Enliven. 



Dr Garth Bennie
Director Disability

Garth originally joined the Careerforce Board as the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Disability Support Network (NZDSN). In this role he led a number of strategic initiatives that positioned NZDSN as an influential peak body for Disability support employers. Garth has a wealth of experience in and around the disability sector with previous roles in both NGOs and the public sector spanning management, Governance, research, policy development, service design and evaluation.

He is now a self- employed consultant and continues to have an active involvement in disability policy and workforce development. Garth was also recently appointed as a council member for Toitū te Waiora, the new Workforce Development Council that has coverage for the community, health, education and social services sectors which includes disability support.


Iain Lees-Galloway
Director Employee Knowledge

Iain is the Associate Industrial Services Manager at the New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation which, along with other unions affiliated to the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, represents people working in the sectors Careerforce operates in, especially Aged Residential Care.

Iain is a former Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister. He held a variety of portfolios in Government and Opposition including Workplace Relations, Immigration, ACC and Associate Health. Through his parliamentary and union work, Iain has developed a strong interest in the development of the health and disability workforce and in government, providers, educators and unions working together to deliver excellent service for residents and patients and fulfilling careers for workers.

Iain has over two decades of governance experience, particularly in education and community organisations.

Norah Barlow
Director Industry Sector (Other), Chief Executive Officer, Heritage Lifecare

Norah is amongst Australasia’s most experienced and respected executives and directors and has in-depth knowledge of the aged and health care sector. She is presently CEO of Heritage Lifecare, a newly established aged care provider in NZ, after returning from her role in Australia as Managing Director of Estia Health, one of the largest aged care providers in Australia. She is also the former CEO and former Director of Summerset Group.

Norah has a strong background across business leadership and management, strategy, corporate finance, governance, tax and accounting. She was President of the Retirement Villages Association (NZ) for 7 years and made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business in 2014.

Paul Pritchard
Director Industry Sector (Other), Technical & Training Manager, Cleaning Systems Ltd

Paul has been Technical & Training Manager at Cleaning Systems Ltd, a nationwide training provider for Specialist Cleaning (including Hazardous Environment Cleaning) and Urban Pest Management, for the past 15 years. He is an Approved Instructor with the IICRC and a Worksafe Compliance Certifier. Before serving on the Board of Directors for Careerforce, Paul had been on the Board of Directors of the BSCITO for 5 years (then 3 years on the Industry Advisory Committee when it was merged with Careerforce). He also has served on various elected Executive Committees with Industry Associations such as PMANZ and CCANZ holding associate membership as a supplier.

In addition to being a member of the NZ Institute of Directors, Paul is a member of the Hazardous Substances Professionals of NZ. Paul has also been used on a number of Standards Committees, including the NZS 8510:2017 Testing & decontamination of methamphetamine contaminated properties, and the IICRC S540-2017 Standard for trauma and crime scene cleanup. Paul completed his secondary education at Samoa College in Apia, Western Samoa and so has a keen ‘Pacifica’ perspective on workplace training and education.


Rhonda Sherriff
Director Aged Care Residential, Director, New Zealand Aged Care Association

Rhonda Sherriff represents the aged-care residential sector on the Careerforce Board, and is a Registered Nurse with 39 years’ experience. Over the last 25 years, Rhonda has worked in a variety of operational and management roles within the sector. Rhonda is passionate about the aged-care industry, ensuring resident’s welfare, their safety, staff education and competence, and safe outcomes for all clients.

Rhonda co-owns a retirement village in Christchurch, and oversees the operation on a weekly basis to ensure that residents receive optimum care and service.

Rhonda is a director of the New Zealand Aged Care Association, and also works as their Clinical Advisor, manning their helpline enquiries. Rhonda works as a consultant to the sector, assisting facilities nationally, and their senior management teams to meet compliance and audit issues.

Sarah McBride
Director Industry Sector (Other), Cleaning Focus

Sarah is the CEO of the Building Services Contractor Association of NZ (BSCNZ). In this role she advocates on behalf of the cleaning industry and maintains effective working relationships with stakeholders, sector groups and government agencies among others. Previously, Sarah worked across a variety of roles and industries. These roles have included project and product management, marketing, planning and implementation, budget setting and monitoring margin expectations.

Sarah values creative and intelligent customer focused decisions and places a high value on effective leadership. Among her key skills, she enjoys creating structural procedures, which best utilize time and systems to benefit employees and customers. She is also effective at implementing long term working/industry relationships.