Like any good business, Canterbury’s future economic prosperity will be inherently linked to the region’s ability to retain ‘home grown’ talent whilst attracting new talent from outside the region. It has now been over 8.5 years since the February 2011 earthquakes, and while much has been achieved, much remains outstanding as is evident by our CBD. Investors invest in people, and we need to attract much more talent to our region in order to attract that investment.
I represent a key cohort Christchurch needs to attract more of. I am Christchurch born and bred and have recently returned ‘home’ with my young family after nearly 20 years away. Over that 20 years, I have gained an education at world class law firms Herbert Smith Freehills (Sydney) and Allen & Overy (London), before helping build a leading global healthcare business (‘GenesisCare’) as a key member of the executive team over the last near 10 years (Market Cap now $3B+) and held several directorship positions. I now wish to apply the skills and experience I have gained overseas together with an outcomes focussed / ‘can do’ attitude in contributing to the regeneration of Christchurch (my hometown).
Too often friends I grew up with who left Christchurch to pursue an overseas experience are attracted to returning to Christchurch to raise their families (as kiwis), but ultimately dissuaded as they don’t think Christchurch offers attractive career opportunities. We need to change that reality and perception, and I hope to do that with a voice at the Chamber Board table (and to act as an example to encourage more like me to return home).