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Emerging Leader Award for Rebecca Annan

Netball New Zealand’s Rebecca Annan has been recognised at the 2018 Women in Governance Awards.

Annan, who joined NNZ as the Business Development Manager last year, was a joint winner of the Emerging Leader Award announced at a Gala Dinner in Auckland on Thursday 10, May.

She, and Claire Evans from Christchurch, beat out a tough field to claim the category in what the judging panel described as a high standard of entries.

The Emerging Leader Award category received a record number of entries illustrating the continued rise of younger women successfully pursuing a career in governance.

The judges described Annan as “starting to build a well-rounded portfolio from which she clearly articulates what she hopes to learn.”

They said she was “passionate about gender diversity and focussed on setting herself visionary goals”.

The awards are an initiative of Women on Boards New Zealand which is a business unit of Governance New Zealand. They recognise and celebrate innovation, excellence, creativity and commitment to diversity by both organisations and individuals.

Annan has held the New Partnerships Manager role at three of New Zealand’s top National Sporting Organisations (NSO) including the Netball New Zealand, New Zealand Rugby and New Zealand Cricket.

She said she was delighted to be recognised by the Women on Boards New Zealand – an organisation aiming to bring through the next generation of board-ready women.

“I work in Netball which is a primarily female dominated organisation where unity and collaboration is celebrated,” Annan said. “It is a secure environment that will nurture my learning, fathom my failings and create new opportunities as I succeed.”

Annan said she “believes in paving the way for others” and was keen to learn what it took to become a chief executive of a National Sporting Organisation.