Jenni Callaghan

CALLAGHAN Jenni croppedAt 17 I left Christchurch with an open mind about what I would do and where I would end up. After studying in Dunedin and beginning my career in Wellington and then Auckland, I travelled and worked in London for 2 years. My Architect husband and I decided in 2013 that it was time to return home to be part of the recovery and rebuild of the city we both grew up in.

Following graduation, I worked at Hewlett-Packard in NZ in predominantly business development and relationship management roles before gaining invaluable experience working for Apple in central London. A decision, over a pint in Edinburgh, saw a career change to accompany the move home. I commenced full time extramural study from London, which has led to becoming a Chartered Accountant this year. On my return to Christchurch I joined the Private Client Services team at EY and have been working closely with a wide variety of Canterbury based businesses.

Being home in Christchurch for this exciting stage in our city’s history has ignited my passion to help businesses and ensure they have the support networks around them to succeed; without new investment of all kinds the rebuild of our city will struggle. The combination of my experience in the IT sector and my current role as an accountant at EY is a great foundation to help and support local business.

I am part of the next generation of business leaders and see an opportunity for the CECC Board to have a younger member who is driven, passionate and will contribute a fresh perspective on the future strategy of CECC.

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