I like things to happen. And if they don’t happen, I like to make them happen.
Winston Churchill first said that. And I've spent a decidedly varied career — as a lawyer, company director, chief executive and community volunteer — putting those words to work.
I've put them to work managing complex relationships, reviewing, planning, lobbying, developing businesses, mentoring and making sound judgment calls. As somebody who was selected to be part of the government’s Small Business Advisory Group, I also have a longstanding interest in SMEs.
Over the past decade I have been executive director at the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand. On my watch the modest not-for-profit doubled its size, successfully lobbied for law changes on several fronts and became a national byword for professional excellence in dispute resolution.
Currently, I am a Panel Member of the Human Rights Review Tribunal, the Director of ASH NZ, the chair of the board of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand and on the board of DocEdge. I am also undertaking the review of the New Zealand Bar Association and undertook the review of the Banking Ombudsman Scheme.
I established Deborah Hart Consulting to offer my skills in four important areas. Put me to work. Let's make things happen.
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