ASSOCIATION OF 

ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS

NEW ZEALAND INC.

Te Kawarangi


NATIONAL EXECUTIVE TEAM 2019 - 2020

National President - Vicki Faint  

Vicki Faint NZDipBusAdmin, AAPNZ Cert, Associate

Throughout the last 20 years of my career I have been working for Chief Executives. I am currently working for the Vice-Chancellor (VC) and Chief Executive Officer of Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and have held this position since 2009.   

In this role I provide high-level strategic management support, clerical and business assistance, plus direction and guidance to the VC to support the achievement of his strategic priorities and objectives. 

I joined the Association of Administrative Professionals of New Zealand (AAPNZ) Inc in 2007 after winning the 2007 AAPNZ Administrative Professional of the Year Award.  Through the encouragement and support of AAPNZ I gained AAPNZ Certification in 2010 and have gained Associate designation. A past-President of Wellington Group, I have served several years on the Group Management Team in various roles.  In 2018-19 I held the role as National First Vice-President.  

I am currently the Task Lead on the Skills Set Matrix Task Force for the World Administrators Summit.  This Skills Set Task Force will develop a matrix so we can agree on titles of administrative levels and the appropriate role titles. 

On a personal note, I love my handcrafts.  I am a devoted gym goer – so I can compensate for my chocolate eating and wine drinking. Being an introvert, I do enjoy staying home with my husband and my two dogs, that said, I do still enjoy time out with friends, family and grandchildren.

National 1st Vice-President – Joanne Gallop

Back in 2004 my manager at the time encouraged me to join AAPNZ for professional development and networking opportunities. Since that time I have had some extraordinary experiences and made many wonderful friendships. I have been actively involved in the Group Management Team since 2013 and have had a couple of stints as Group President. This year I accepted the role of Southern Regional Leader.

 My career started way back when I left school and worked in a lawnmower shop. Since then, I’ve taken time out to have a family but still keeping up with the latest advances in technology by working part time and studying, eventually moving into Administrative Support and Executive Assistant roles with various organisations. I enjoy the challenges that I deal with on a daily basis and no one day is ever the same!

Having managed administration teams where dealing with different personalities, learning styles and seeing people move on to great career adventures has provided me with a passion to assist others to achieve their goals. It is amazing seeing people discovering that they are actually capable of reaching the stars – something that I have the pleasure of experiencing in my various roles.

Attending Executive Secretary Live in Auckland was a highlight for me and I intend to continue with my personal and professional growth. It’s never too late to learn new tricks and skills.

Outside of work I keep myself busy with trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, lots of walking, attending team fitness training and as well as spending as much quality time as possible with my family and friends.

National 2nd Vice-President – Denise McElwain

My working career started at the District Court in Dunedin as a court stenographer. I moved from Dunedin to Hamilton in 1990 and continued working as a court stenographer until I had my daughter in 1993. I took seven months’ parental leave and then went back to court stenographer work until March 1995 when I was appointed a Judge’s Associate at the Court of Appeal in Wellington. Since 1995 I have worked for three different Judges both at the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court and saw all three Judges through to retirement.

In 2011 I took on a role working ‘on the other side of the bench’ and where I was able to take on some study. I worked as an Executive Assistant for the Director of Proceedings at the Health and Disability Commissioner’s Office in Wellington.  While in this role I completed my Bachelor of Applied Management and graduated in March 2014. I then worked for three years for Phil Twyford MP (now Cabinet Minister) as a Senior Executive Assistant. It was a very busy role and I enjoyed all the challenges and demands that it brought but I didn’t get to do much else other than work long hours – and this was before Labour became Government!

My love of the law has never ceased and early this year I began back working in the legal field again. Moving to be Assistant Registrar at the Sports Tribunal which is part of Sport NZ. I am currently working as a contract EA, I am really enjoying working for a range of organisations around Wellington.

In May 2006 I joined AAPNZ when I was able to organise suitable childcare for my daughter. At that time I wanted extra stimulation, the opportunity to network with others, and to further my education. Through AAPNZ I learned about the wonderful opportunities there were to do this. I managed to achieve both the Diploma in Business Administration and Certification within two years. It was also through AAPNZ that I became involved in teaching shorthand to four students. After being a member of AAPNZ for about six months, I joined the Wellington Group Management Team (GMT). I have undertaken roles on the GMT as membership co-ordinator, meeting co-ordinator and webpage administrator. I was a finalist for the Administrative Professional of the Year in 2008. I gained Associate status in 2012 but have not pursued Fellow status.

In December 2009 I accepted the role of National Minute/Admin Support for NEC (NET). I then moved on to the Central Regional Leader role and later to National 2nd Vice President. In each of these roles I was also undertaking the National Minute/Admin Support duties. I had two years off the NET while I was at Parliament but  since 2018 I am back as National 2nd Vice President and not doing the National/Admin Support role at the same time. I love learning and enjoy the extra challenges these roles have brought into my busy life.

My daughter has almost finished her degree as a clinical psychologist. She lives and works in New Plymouth. I live in Northland, Wellington with my partner Trevor and a cat called Alfrie (Alfredo when he’s naughty). My other interests are overseas travel, entertaining, book club, theatre, bridge and organising events. 


Northern Regional Leader – Tracey Sherlock

Tracy has been at Zespri since April 2010 and currently is the Chief Executive Assistant to the CEO and Board of Directors and is responsible for managing the CEO’s Office.

Prior to joining Zespri, she spent almost a decade working at the Bay of Plenty District Health Board supporting the GM of Planning and Funding, the Chief Medical Director and Director of Nursing.

Tracy has more than 20 years administrative experience within the horticultural, health and hospitality industries.  Tracy has a passion for Administrative Professionals and has held various roles in AAPNZ Group Management Teams and recently the Northern Regional Leader on the National Executive Team for the Association of Administrative Professionals NZ Inc.

Tracy is interested to hold another term at Northern Regional Leader for the 2020/21 year.

Central Regional Leader – Jenny Porter 

I am currently the Team Leader Business Support at the Treasury, prior to this role I was the Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive and Secretary to the Treasury and have been at the Treasury since 2014. Originally, I wanted to be a horticulturalist, but quickly worked out that that was an all-weather job! So I decided to enrol in a 18 week Office Assistant course at Parumoana Community Polytechnic (now known as Whitireia New Zealand) and graduated as a foundation student in 1986.

My career has spanned many sectors, within New Zealand and the United Kingdom, such as insurance; telecommunications; accounting; science and research (not for profit) and now government.

Since joining the Association of Administrative Professionals of NZ Inc in 2008 (with a break between 2015-2018), my highlights have been:

  • holding various roles on the Wellington Group Management Team such as:
    • Meeting Coordinator;
    • Website Coordinator;
    • Administration Officer; and
    • Vice President.
  • During 2011, with the assistance of AAPNZ’s work assessment, I completed my NZQA National Diploma Business Administration Level 5.
  • Holding the role minute taker, for a short period in 2013, for PDL (the limited liability company that AAPNZ ran).
  • Leading the Wellington Group 2013 Administrative Professionals Day organising committee.
  • Being a member of the 2014 Administrative Professionals Award Committee.
  • Being awarded the Wellington Group Member of the Year in 2014.
  • Speaking at the Conferenz 4th Annual EA/PA in the Public Sector Conference 2015.
  • Chairing the Conferenz 6th Annual EA/PA in the Public Sector Conference 2018.

Being a member of GMT, has provided me with opportunities that have broaden my transferrable skills in my leadership journey and has also helped me grow and develop my career. With the 2019/20 theme for AAPNZ being to “weave as one”. I see the role of the Central Regional Leader as a great opportunity and crucial in leading on this theme, in bringing the groups of the central region together so they can share their knowledge and expertise with each other. As Central Regional Leader, I would like to achieve the following:

  • Working closely with the central region Group Presidents and their GMT members, enabling them to connect via quarterly virtual forums.
  • Arranging the Central Regional Gathering, by utilising the expertise and knowledge of the AAPNZ groups in the central region. This provides opportunities for members to expand and develop theirs skills. These opportunities may not be available in their current workplace.
  • Building relationships with recruitment agencies to develop an overview of the administrative trends within the regions.
  • Connecting with untapped areas within the central regions to champion the AAPNZ brand.
  • Enhancing and enriching the relationship between the central regional groups and NET, by being the central liaison point.
  • Sharing my knowledge and expertise to help grow our members’ career development in the central regional groups, so they can seriously consider roles on their respective GMT, NET or AAPNZ projects.

Southern Regional Leader – Valerie Lang 

I have the privilege to be the Personal Assistant to the General Manager for Mitton ElectroNet and member of the senior management team.  I am responsible for the day to day management of our three corporate offices and manage a team of 3 administrators. Mitton ElectroNet is a diverse workplace with over 20 different nationalities and is a male dominated workplace.  This mix of culture and testosterone makes every day a wonderful challenge, I find it hugely fulfilling to be part of a workplace that embraces different cultures and challenges stereotypes. 

I have worked in the electricity industry for over 25 years and during that time I have witnessed and been part of huge changes at both at corporate and site level.

I read somewhere that “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”.

I firmly believe that life happens, so I try not to sit back and wait for other people to hand me a life, I go out and get it, I plan, and have ideas. I try my best to lead others by bringing them along for the ride. There is plenty of room at the top (or wherever you want to be) for all of us. 

My personal development was the main reason I joined AAPNZ.  I had come a long way in my 25 year career as an administrator and I wanted to match that learning with formal professional development. Through AAPNZ professional development group I gained my diploma in business administration and have achieved AAPNZ Certification.

As professional administrators, we need to be thinking of what the future might look like and what skills we will need, for the future.  We all need to take charge of our careers, AAPNZ provides administrators with a platform and forum to create a bright future.


National Finance Officer – Teresa Flavelle 

I’ve always lived in the Wellington area and have spent the last 17 years renovating and upgrading my 1950s bach in Kapiti.  I have always worked in accounts, and am currently working full time as an Accounts Payable Team Leader in Wellington.   My spare time is spent with family, catching up with friends, and doing AAPNZ work with Chick.  Anytime I have left is spent in the garden or chilling with a book – glass in hand.  



National Membership Officer – Chick Mitchell

I have lived in Wellington for 25 years, although I grew up in the Bay of Plenty.  I am married to Grayson and we have three children and 2 dogs.  Along with my role with AAPNZ, I work from home as an audio typist, which gives me the ability to spend time at my craft table playing with ink and creating cards.  I spend too much time on social media and love a glass of wine at the end of the day.



National Administrator – Ingrid Jensen

Ingrid is the Administrative Professional that looks after the National Executive Team, managing meetings and keeping everyone accountable for their actions.  Ingrid works as an Executive Assistant for Chiefs Rugby in the mighty Waikato.  She holds a Level 5 Diploma in Business (Leadership and Management) and a certificate in the Art of Minute Taking.

Outside of work and AAPNZ, Ingrid is Mum to two kids, aged 12 and 14 years. Ingrid is also a celebrant, holding a diploma on celebrant studies. She resides in Te Awamutu, the Rose Capital of Aotearoa.

National Social Media Officer - Sherie Pointon

Kia ora, ko Sherie taku ignoa. As well as being a passionate member of AAPNZ for over 10 years, I also because of being a member of this amazing organisation, was motivated to set up my own training, development and consulting business.  Through networking and working with the amazing global whanau of business support professionals I have had the opportunity to meet and work worth a wide range of individuals and organisations.  As part of giving back to AAPNZ for all it has given me, I manage the website and our social media platforms.  I am also a member of the AAPNZ Professional Development Sub-Committee, advising NET on professional development matters and operationalising the decisions made by NET in the professional development space.

I live in Carterton with my husband Michael , two primary age daughters, Sarah (11) and Rachael (8) and our three legged cat.



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