2016 Administrative Professionals Award (APA)
The search is over for another year for the New Zealand Administrative Professional for 2016. Entries closed on 10 June 2016 and three finalists were chosen to attend the PD Forum in Nelson 5 – 6 August where the winner was announced at the Awards Dinner on Saturday evening.
The three finalists were:
Dianne Parker Leigh Davidson Debbie Warnock
Dianne was a primary school teacher and joined the CAA in 2002. Her Licensing Advisor-Medical role consisted of data entry, processing and reviewing files and liaising with internal and external participants. Appointed to her current position in 2006, Dianne provides administrative support to a General Manager and four Unit Managers in the form of managing regular meetings and regular reports. Support to operational staff includes processing work and training on business systems. Last year Dianne completed the National Diploma in Business Administration Level 5. Dianne is currently the Group President for the Wellington Group.
Debbie is the highly regarded Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer at the Ministry of Social Development; she is passionate and enjoys the challenges in her role, always prepared to go that extra mile in helping others. She is a professional administrator with 28 years’ experience working in NZ and the UK. Debbie is well respected by her peers and colleagues and recently achieved her Diploma in Business Administration and AAPNZ Certification. A member of AAPNZ for 10 years, she loves the networking and relationship opportunities her role brings.
Leigh is currently the Postgraduate Administrator in Civil & Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury. She has worked in various roles at the university for nearly 12 years and in doing so, has gained valuable experience she can apply to her current role. Leigh graduated with the UC Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership in 2013. Leigh enjoys the sport of triathlon, training the three disciplines of swim, bike and run. She has completed 2 half ironmans and 1 full ironman and is looking forward to Ironman Taupo in March 2017.
The APA Winner was announced at the Professional Development Forum in Nelson, Dianne Parker from Wellington - congratulations from us all!