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Meet the Wellington Group Management Team

2020 - 2021 term

Group President: Angela Simms 

Angela Simms is the EA/Centre Manager for the Centre for Women’s Health Research at Victoria University of Wellington.  Prior to this she was EA to the Deputy Chief Executive, Crown Property at Land Information New Zealand (LINZ).  This followed nearly 13 years in various PA/EA roles at Victoria University of Wellington.

Angela has over 30 years’ experience as a professional administrator, gained in the areas of IT, Transport, Law, Education and Government in both New Zealand and Australia.  She enjoys the autonomy and scope her roles have provided.  She has been married to her husband Andrew for 30 years and has one daughter, Emma.  She is a Director of Cunning Plan Property Limited, and has grown her family’s property portfolio from $175K to $2.5M in the space of 17 years. She is a member of the Association of Administrative Professionals NZ and re-joined their Wellington Group Management Team in 2018 with the view to upskilling further in this area and giving back to her profession. She has held the various Group Management Team roles such as Meeting Coordinator, APD Committee member, Vice President and currently Wellington Group President.

Angela is a firm advocate for further education and has been drawn to this area for a good portion of her career, having gained an Advanced Diploma in Beauty Therapy in Australia when changing her career direction in the late 1990s, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Management Studies more recently.  She’s witnessed much change during her career, and with that change, the need to embrace the power of connection, networking and relationship development, along with upskilling for continued personal growth, to assist us to move forward positively.  

Group Co-Vice President:

Debbie Warnock

Group Co-Vice President: Kelly Nelson

Kelly is the Executive Coordinator at Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA), where she has worked directly with three Chief Executive Officers since 2011. Although she declared at the age of 14 she would “never be anyone’s secretary”, some 30-something years later Kelly has enjoyed a successful career in administration within the private, public, and non-governmental sectors. She is now proud to call herself an Administrative Professional and advocates for the recognition of administrators as professionals.

As well as graduating from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Business Administration, Kelly has also obtained the Legal Executive Certificate, and is currently working towards a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Human Resources) extramurally.

Kelly has been a member of the Association of Administrative Professionals New Zealand (AAPNZ) since 2014 and has served in the Wellington group’s management team as the Finance Officer for the last two years. She obtained Certification from AAPNZ in 2019 as well as being named a finalist in the Administrative Professional of the Year Award for 2019.

Kelly is looking forward to continuing to serve on Wellington’s GMT for the 2020-21 term.

Group Administration Officer: Jenny Porter

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

Jenny’s career has spanned many sectors, within New Zealand and the United Kingdom, such as insurance, telecommunications, professional services, not for profit and now government.

Since joining the Association of Administrative Professionals of NZ Inc in 2008 (with a break 2015-2019), Jenny has held the various roles on the Wellington Group Management Team such as Meeting Coordinator; Website Coordinator; Administrative Officer; Vice President and was also a member of the 2014 Administrative Professionals Award Committee.  She also held the role of minute taker for a short period during 2013, for PDL, a professional development committee within NET.  During 2011 she completed her NZQA National Diploma Business Administration Level 5 with the help of AAPNZ’s work assessment. In 2014, Jenny was awarded the Wellington Member of the Year. Being a member of GMT has enhanced and enriched Jenny’s leadership journey and has also given her opportunities to grow in her career development.

One of Jenny’s passions is to help people grow and develop in their administrative journeys. 

Group Finance Officer: Emma Washer

Group Social Media Coordinator:

Kelly Nelson

As well as working alongside Debbie Warnock as co-Vice President, Kelly will be managing the Wellington Group's website and Facebook content. See her profile above.

Group Newsletter Editor: Nicole Green

Group Membership Officer: Emma Brown

Emma Brown has taken on the role of Membership Officer for Wellington group's General Management Team (GMT), having served as our Meeting Coordinator in the 2019-20 year.

Emma first heard about AAPNZ through her current employer. She has held AAPNZ membership since 2016.

Although introverted, Emma applied for a place on GMT. This decision was well out of her comfort zone, but she knew it was her responsibility to add value by participating and contributing to the continued longevity and success of our non-profit organisation.

In the past year as Meeting Coordinator, Emma found it provided her with the opportunity to develop her event management skills, working and collaborating with GMT members and professional development.

Emma has 20 years’ experience in administrative roles working for a State-Owned Enterprise in the aviation industry. Her current role is Office Administrator comprising Executive Assistant components.

Emma’s achievements include a New Zealand Diploma in Business and NZ Institute in Management, Certificate in Supervisory Management.

Group Meeting Coordinator: Currently vacant

Currently the role of Meeting Coordinator is vacant. It would be an ideal role to jump into and be a part of Wellington's GMT. If you are interested, we'd welcome hearing from you. Email us to learn more!

General GMT Members:

  • Shona Dowden

We're thrilled to have the experience of Shona remain on our GMT this year. 

Mary Huffadine has not taken a formal role on the 2020-21 GMT - but is remaining connected with us to assist with projects as they pop up. We are grateful to have her continue in this capacity. Mary joined the GMT as Finance Officer in December 2015, before moving into the Membership Officer role in May 2018.

Outgoing GMT members

As our 2020-21 GMT takes up the reins for the new year ahead, we would also like to thank long term Wellington and GMT members that have stepped down from GMT this year.

Dianne Parker was first elected to the Wellington GMT in May 2015. She has served as Group President until late 2018. She also served as our Newsletter Editor from 2015. Dianne also served on NET as the Central Regional Leader for the 2019-20 year.

Lyn Herriot took on the Social Media Coordinator role in May 2017, and has seen a remarkable growth in the group's Facebook from low numbers to 140+ (May 2020).

Thank you so much Dianne and Lyn for all the time and effort you have put into the Wellington Group. You are so appreciated. 

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