The New Zealand Society will be announcing its UK New Zealander of the Year winner at its Waitangi Day Charity Ball at The Dorchester on Friday.
The awards, which were established in 1999, recognise those who have made an outstanding contribution to promoting the interests of New Zealand or New Zealanders in the United Kingdom.
New Zealand Society president John Greager said: ““The 2013 finalists are all New Zealanders who, in their own ways, share the community spirit, dedication and enthusiasm through a diverse range of activities, and who have each made a significant contribution to raising the profile of New Zealand in the United Kingdom.”
The three nominees for this year’s award are:
Katherine is passionate about helping New Zealand individuals and companies excel on the global stage. As mentor and oftentimes angel investor, Katherine’s boundless energy and enthusiasm are infectious. Katherine is founder and global chair of Sysdoc Group, a consulting firm with operations in four countries, with a UK base in central London.
Matt is a qualified senior therapy radiographer and CEO of Intacare International Ltd, as well as healthcare change manager at BUPA. Matt is a true health philanthropist, striving to make his visionary model of a globally applicable toolkit for assessing, monitoring and management of post-cancer treatment. Matt’s mission is extend beyond the arena of oncology so as to include such areas as cardiac disease, surgery and diabetes, and with the overiding objective that it is free to all patients.
Bronwen founded the New Zealand Business Women’s Network in the UK in 2009, bringing together women in all levels of the corporate and creative worlds, and particularly fostering business networks together with social bonding and support, creating an environment to share entrepreneurial ideas, skills and expertise. She has also been at the forefront of the fundraising effort in aid of those who suffered in the Canterbury earthquakes.
Last year’s winner was Kent Gardner, a major fundraiser for those affected by the Canterbury earthquakes.
A limited number of tickets for the black tie event are available at www.nzsociety.co.uk