I like to make things 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, director, chief executive, government relations specialist and media commentator — putting those words to work.
I've put them to work managing complex relationships, lobbying, 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.
I have been appointed by the Minister of Justice to chair the independent review of Aoteoroa New Zealand's electoral laws and by the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to be the inaugural chair of the Consumer Advocacy Council which advocates for residential and small business electricity consumers. I am the chair of the board of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand and on the board of DocEdge. Putting my analytical skills to work, I am a Panel Member of the Human Rights Review Tribunal and served on the expert reference group on family justice reform.
In late 2021 I was named one of New Zealand's 100 top diverse board-ready directors by the Ministry of Ethnic Affairs and the Super Diversity Institute for Law, Policy and Business.
Lately I have been putting my advocacy skills to work helping ASH NZ get us to the Smokefree 2025 target. I undertook the last independent review of the Banking Ombudsman Scheme and reviewed the New Zealand Bar Association. I’m a frequent media commentator on a variety of subjects and a regular panelist on the AM Show.
I was also the executive director at the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand.
I established Deborah Hart Consulting to offer my particular skills. Put me to work. Let's make things happen.
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