Helene in Brief
Helene has 30+ years of professional experience working in corporate and small business environments'. She is well known in business circles in Kapiti-Horowhenua from her past role as the Business Development Manager at Nature Coast Enterprise. Her last significant corporate role in Wellington was as the Director Professional Development at the Institute of Chartered Accountants. This involved extensive change management and developing a business training model that ran at a national level and contributed significant turnover to the Institute’s budget.
Helene is well connected, acts with integrity and is highly organised, motivated and positive. She will lead with purpose and action and loves helping others to make things happened. Helene is often asked for her opinion, referrals and to be part of local initiatives that are inspired around the growth and development of Kapiti from a business and community perspective.
Every year she is involved in some way with Visa Wellington on a Plate. She works closely with her business partner of the Kapiti Food Fair, Jeanine van Kradenburg to run unique foodie events that showcase Kapiti food and beverage producers.
In 2016 Helene was appointed to the Advisory Committee of Visa Wellington on a Plate to represent Kapiti interests. This Committee provides advice and acts as a sounding board for changes and new initiatives relating to VWOAP.
Over the years Helene has been an active part of the planning group that facilitates Kapiti Women in Business, run under the umbrella of the Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce. Check out Women in Business in Kapiti.
In June 2017 Helene was appointed to the Board of Kapiti Retirement Trust - one of Kapiti's largest employers. The Trust is Chaired by Norrey Simmons & other Board members are; John Irwin, Peter Kennedy, John Scutter, Mark Edgar & Steven Tomlinson and Wendy Huston is the CEO. The Trust has a long & outstanding history of operating a business model with a charitable purpose that benefits residents, not shareholders. It can achieve this charitable purpose by reinvesting funds from its commercial retirement village activity to provide a continuum of care for dementia, funded respite beds and end of life suite.
Helene has been a Member of the Kapiti Chamber of Coast Chamber of Commerce for 10+ years.