Administrative Professionals are a key element in any business. But some administrative professionals really do stand out from the crowd – their professionalism, highly skilled approach and can-do attitude put them ahead of the pack.

If this is you, why not apply for the AAPNZ Administrative Professional Award? You may know of, or work with someone, who also meets this description. In this case, why not encourage them to apply?

This Award recognises the professionalism and experience of administrative professionals within the business community in both private sector organisations and government.

Three finalists are selected from applications by the panel of judges and the winner will be announced at our AAPNZ Awards Dinner in Auckland on 13 July 2017.


Valerie Lang

Valerie Lang is the Personal Assistant to the General Manager for Mitton ElectroNet and a member of the Senior Management Team providing leadership and direction to the wider company.  She is directly responsible for the day to day management of three corporate offices and manages a team of 3 administrators.  Valerie has over 20 years' experience working in the electricity industry both at a corporate level and at sites throughout NZ.  She has wide-ranging experience that includes Technical Writing, Pperational Health and Safety, Quality Assurance, Project Management and HR.  Valerie is also a member of the AAPNZ Christchurch Group and is currently on the management team as immediate past President.




Andrea Taylor

Andrea's career has been primarily based in the dairy industry working with the likes of Fonterra, AgResearch, DairyNZ and now LIC (Livestock Improvement Corporation). Her current position as an EA to a Senior Executive within LIC sees her playing an active role in transforming the company from good to great.  In addition to her role she regularly provides mentoring and leadership to colleagues and is taking every opportunity to improve her leadership and coaching skills to realise her full potential.  Andrea is also a member of the AAPNZ Waikato Group and is on the management team as Group President.


Tracy Sherlock

Tracy Sherlock is the Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer/Board of Directors at Zespri International Limited at Mount Maunganui.  Tracy brings 20 years of administrative experience having held positions in a Global Marketing Company, Medical Profession and the Hospitality Industry.  Tracy is able to tailor her skill set to meet the requirements of her roles.  In addition to her duties as an Executive Assistant, Tracy is involved in the Association of Administrtive Professionals NZ Inc as the Group President for the Tauranga Group.  Tracy has a passion for Administration and her fellow administrative professionals and is a strong advocate for this profession.


2016 Administrative Professional Award Winner & Finalists



Dianne is the current Group President for the Wellington region and a senior administrator at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Dianne is a great example of perseverence having applied for APA the previous year and not making the final cut for the three finalist positions.  Not to be put off, Dianne put her name forward again the following year and the rest is history!

Dianne has had a very busy year as the APA winner and visited and/or presented to a number of Groups within NZ.

She has also been a Panel member and a Presenter at the last two EA/PA Conferences.  She has given presentations to external organisations and written an article for AAPNZ Group Newsletters.

Dianne has completed the first AAPNZ Competency Certificate and is currently workig on the next one.

Dianne's goal is to raise the profile of administration as a professional career and she wants to continue to promote this in the future.


2016 Administrative Professionals Award  Finalists

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 Parker

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 Warnock

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 Davidson

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! 


2015 Administrative Professional Award winner - Bex Adamson

Bex has had an amazing year and has spoken at various conferences and has built a huge profile thanks to her social media prowess, which includes marketing for AAPNZ as well.  She is a member to keep an eye on and an amazing ambassador for the association and administrative professionals in New Zealand.

“From what I have seen, AAPNZ is a great organisation to be a part of as it creates opportunities for Administrative Professionals.  I have seen a real change in Rebeka Adamson since she won the 2015 AAPNZ Administrative Professional Award. However I have been most impressed by her willingness to seize every opportunity that comes along to learn and grow – and I have been impressed by the support and encouragement she gets from this association.” – David Andrews, Operations Director at Enable New Zealand 

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