Careerforce is led by a Board of Directors who collaborate with our industry shareholders and Māori Advisory Board, Te Mana Whakahaere, to influence Careerforce’s strategic direction.
Our Board of Directors is made up of leaders from across the sectors we train. They support us to be more effective and efficient, to expand our offerings and to engage with new and existing stakeholders.
Richard Westlake has over 25 years’ experience as a board chair and director, and is the Founder and Managing Director of Westlake Governance Limited, one of New Zealand’s leading corporate governance firms.
He is currently the Independent Chair of NZ Home Loans Limited and Co-op Money NZ, and a director of RCBC, one of the largest banks in the Philippines, where he was appointed by the World Bank’s private sector arm, the IFC.
Richard has previously chaired Intergen Ltd, the New Zealand Telecommunications Forum, the Standards Council of New Zealand and two State-Owned Enterprises, MetService and Quotable Value. He was also a founding Independent Director of Kiwibank Limited for its first ten years.
He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand (IoD) and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Before moving to New Zealand, he gained an MA from Oxford University in the UK and trained as a Royal Air Force fighter pilot.
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.
Cee (Carolyn) Payne
Cee is currently employed as the Industrial Services Manager for the NZ Nurses Organisation, Toputanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa (NZNO). She has held this position for 14 years. Her career at NZNO has spanned 30 years. In her early years Cee trained as a Registered and Obstetric Nurse and held various nursing positions in the Canterbury Area Health Board.
She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Sociology before her engagement in unions, and has completed her International Coaching Certification with the International Coaching Community (ICC) and her Institute of Directors training. Cee is currently an elected representative on the NZCTU Finance and Executive Committee, and represents NZNO as a trustee on the recently established Kaimahi Matauranga Workers Education Trust. Cee has been part of the negotiation team on the recent Care and Support Worker Pay Equity Settlement and is bringing her combined passions for education and workers aspirations together for this role on the Careerforce Board.
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.
Dr Garth Bennie
Garth joined NZDSN in January 2015 and has since led the organization into a new era of closer ties with Government and across providers. Garth has a wealth of experience throughout the disability sector with 15 years at the Ministry of Education as a District Manager for Special Education.
His career began at IHC in both vocational and residential settings where he trained as a social worker, and since then has held a variety of roles coordinating, managing, researching and developing disability services and policy. He gained his PhD in disability studies where he focused on supported employment.
Dr Greg Coyle
Greg is the Principal Advisor for the Salvation Army Social Programme in New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. He has previously held a senior position in the health faculty at the Auckland University of Technology, and stakeholder management and financial monitoring roles at the Tertiary Education Commission.
He brings knowledge and experience of the social sector workforce with skills in managing organisational development, particularly in the competitive NGO contracting environment. Greg has been a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors for 20 years, holds a Masters of Public Policy and a PhD in the area of Public Policy. He lives in Wellington with his wife, Dr Jo Walton and his 4 children all live in Australia.
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 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 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 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.