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.
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.
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:
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:
I moved back to Christchurch in 2016 after having lived in Sydney for 30 years, and was lucky enough to get a role with an engineering firm – Tonkin & Taylor. Our Marketing Manager presented a networking skills course, where I soon discovered and was encouraged to join AAPNZ. I have been impressed with the networking opportunities and professional development that AAPNZ has to offer, but one of the biggest highlights for me has been the friendships that I have developed with the people that I have meet through AAPNZ. It has been invaluable joining the group.
My career started just after finishing the Secretarial Course at the Christchurch Polytech – yes “Secretarial Course”. I have a very diverse background with different organisations, having worked in the banking, computer, insurance and agriculture industries, with my last job in Sydney working in transport for the iconic Harbour City Ferries.
I work as an Executive Assistant for four Directors of Tonkin & Taylor, who each work in different disciplines within the business. I find that one of the major parts of my role is juggling their day to day activities with regards to their emails and calendars ensuring that we work out their priorities for the day, the week and the weeks ahead. Other day to day tasks involve reconciling expenses, booking meetings, budgets, reports, liaising with clients, coordinating events in the Christchurch office, and assisting the Business Services team here in Christchurch where I can. Consequently the range of work that I get to do is so varied that no two days are ever the same. I am very lucky though, that I am in a place where I love my job, the people I work with, and the company that I work for.
Outside of work, when I am not spending time gardening, walking the dogs with my sister, catching up with friends, painting, or walking around Christchurch with my camera, I am cooking (my favourite food being Italian). My favourite pastime of all though would have to be travel. This normally involves some form of cooking classes in Italy. Planning my next trip to Italy with three dear friends is normally on the cards.
Kia ora, ko Sherie taku ingoa. As well as being a passionate member of AAPNZ for over 15 years, because of being a member of this amazing organisation, I 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 support NET to operationalise their ideas and goals. 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 daughters, Sarah (13) and Rachael (9) and our three legged cat.