Having the task of building and growing health, safety and security maturity across the organisation is exciting – that’s the kind of stuff I enjoy doing – it’s a good challenge. We have really passionate health, safety and security people within the team and across the organisation so I’m starting at a good point.
We’ve come a long way with H&S in the workplace over the past couple of decades – when I first started in the role there were incidents that were definitely serious. One I recall involved tips of fingers being cut off in a mower and a couple of others that could have resulted in fatalities had the landscape been different, literally.
What’s kept you here for 20+ years?
There’s always something different happening – that’s what helps keep us here. There are also awesome and passionate people that I’ve worked with and alongside for many years – a number of them have become great friends.
A football legend
My first love was always football – I first kicked a ball at the age of four. I’m a long-time Spurs fan – there’s a lot of us about.
I played with the boys until the age of about 13 or 14 when I switched to the women’s game. I’m actually a left-footer so I was always out on the left wing – but from about 16 I really wanted to be a striker so I was usually up front from then on.
I’m definitely retired from football now – the last gig I had was as one of the assistant coaches for the Football Ferns at the 2019 Women’s FIFA World Cup – it was an amazing way to kind of end my involvement in the game at the highest level.
I was goal-hungry and I absolutely loved my number 9 shirt. We played all the big guns over the years I was involved as a player – Germany, Norway, Denmark, the US, China, Korea, Canada.
Probably my most memorable goal was my first for New Zealand – I scored when we beat Australia 2-0. But I think my most memorable moment was when we also beat Australia, in Sydney, to qualify for the first Women’s World Cup in 1991. To have been involved in that tournament and help create history is something I’ll never forget.