New Faces on the Accreditation Council

July 16, 2020

IANZ is delighted to announce the appointment of three new members to the New Zealand Accreditation Council, which operates as IANZ’s Board.

Pictured: Marion Cowden, Dr Graeme Benny, Paul Connell, Jane von Dadelszen, Carolyn Harkess, Nicole Anderson & Catherine Abel-Pattinson

Catherine Abel-Pattinson, Nicole Anderson and Jane von Dadelszen join the Council after the recent retirement of long-serving members, John Boshier, Peter Steel and Richard Collin. As an autonomous Crown entity, all Council members are appointed by the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Kris Faafoi. The Council reports annually to Parliament through the Minister.

Our new Council members’ experience spans both the public and private sectors and encompasses the worlds of finance, Māori and Iwi advancement, education and healthcare.

Catherine Abel-Pattinson

Catherine is one of New Zealand's leading professional female company directors. Catherine’s skills cover Strategic Governance, Information and Communication Technology, Cyber security, Biotechnology, Health, Major Capital Works, Audit and Risk and Financial Markets.

Catherine's current directorship roles include the Accreditation Council; Health Alliance and Counties Manukau District Health Board.  Catherine is the Chairman of the Counties Manukau District Health Board Hospital Committee. Catherine's subcommittee experience covers audit, risk and finance, operations, major capital works and remuneration.

Catherine works in both the public sector and private sector, focusing on policy, economic and commercial development. She has a particular focus assisting organisations advancing Māori and Iwi, disability and diversity,

Catherine holds an MBA from Southern Cross University, has studied financial markets at Yale and leadership at INSEAD and holds a Certificate in Company Direction from the New Zealand Institute of Directors. Catherine was a global Johnson & Johnson Scholarship recipient in 2009; which enable her to attend INSEAD University in France. In 2008 Catherine was a runner-up for the Glenys Baldick Memorial Award for Emerging Leaders in Health. She has been included in the New Zealand Institute of Director's Mentorship for Diversity Programme.

Nicole Anderson (DipAcc, DipBus, DipMgt, PGDPH)

Nicole is a consultant with a background in accountancy, health and business development. She has worked primarily with organisations advancing Māori and Iwi, and with various public sector and private organisations, focusing on policy, economic and commercial development.

A chartered member of the Institute of Directors (CMInstD), Nicole is a member of various public and private sector governance bodies, including Director of Northland Inc, NorthTec, Fluid Chemicals Ltd and Manea Footprints of Kupe Ltd.  Past Chair of Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail Trust and a member of the NZ Conservation Authority.

Ko Ngāpuhi tōna iwi, nōHokianga ia. Ka noho ia ki Kerikeri ki te taha o tōna whānau.

Jane von Dadelszen (MAPsych)

Jane is an independent director and consultant providing leadership, advice and analysis to government and development agencies, industry groups and educational organisations in New Zealand and internationally. Jane was most recently Deputy Chief Executive, Quality Assurance, at the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and prior to that, she led tertiary education policy at the Ministry of Education for a decade.

A member of the Hong Kong Council for the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) and the HKCAAVQ task force reviewing accreditation criteria and standards, Jane is also a member of the boards of Toi Whakaari (New Zealand Drama School), Te Whaea Services (the National Dance and Drama Centre) and English Language Partners (a large NGO providing language support to migrants and former refugees) and a member of the Institute of Directors (MInstD). 

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