It is with pleasure that I introduce my successor Sally Dunbar as the CEO of the Crane Association of New Zealand.
The business acumen of Sally Dunbar stands her in good stead with her slogan “together we’ll get things done” rings true, her drive, passion, dedication and hard work leading to results in all facets of her life.
With a career background since 2001 in change management, project management, ISO9001 accreditation, sponsorship, industry training and business leadership Mrs Dunbar has worked with some large finance and utility organisations over the years.
More recently, she was General Manager for the NZ Institute of Building Surveyors (NZIBS), over a four-year period.
During her time with NZIBS, she set out a vision of change improvement, and lead improvements in communication, engagement with the wider industry and introducing informative newsletters / social medium channels. Other key initiatives included working with external providers to turn training modules into a structured Diploma in Building Surveying ISO9001:2015 and latterly a Certificate in Residential Property Inspection ISO9001:2015, which greatly assisted the recruitment of new members. She undertook ISO9001 training, to become the ISO9001 internal auditor for NZIBS. She also developed and implemented a structured mentoring workshop programme for the transitional members, which provided the support to new members and acted as part of the journey to becoming a full member. NZIBS greatly benefited from Sally’s drive and networking abilities, leading to much-welcomed sponsorship and having the added benefit of raising the profile of NZIBS and its members. All of this whilst also being the manager, marketer and organiser of CPD events, the NZIBS mid-year training day and greatly enhanced end of year conference, which improved noticeably under Sally’s time.
Sally also has owned several businesses, including the HER Business Network – Women in Business franchises (part-time) in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin and has been National Business Manager for the NZ Her Business Network owned and operated by clothing designer, publisher and entrepreneur Annah Stretton, Stretton Publishing.
She won the New Zealand Her Business Network of the Year Award (2009/2010) twice and was a finalist in 2012 - New Zealand Outstanding Business Leader.
Her devotion alone saw her grow the networks tenfold, from a membership of 197 initially in 2007 to 2377 today (Wgtn). Nationwide, the database sits at almost 11,000, this includes her three LinkedIn sites, where she blogs on a regular basis.
As if Ms Dunbar isn’t busy enough, she also supports a myriad of not-for-profit organisations, and she is actively involved as Chair for FOSPC – Friends of St Patrick’s College, Wellington.
She’s has helped run numerous charity events, raising over $55k for hospice, $48k for the RSPCA and more $67k for Seatoun School, over a period of seven years. And will continue to help local charities where possible.
This year to help her continue her personal learning journey, she is undertaking her Master of Advanced Leadership Practice (MALP), Massey University.
In everything she does, she says the bottom line is that people and relationships are everything, which is why she chose “together we’ll get things done” as her mantra. Working in collaboration is incredibly important and ensures sustainability in today’s business environment.
And now a few words from Sally
I am delighted to have been offered this role, as CEO for the Cranes Association of NZ (CANZ). I was pleased that I could continue my tenure within the construction industry, having come from the NZ Institute of Building Surveyors (NZIBS). The construction industry is one of my key passions, where I can utilise my key skills, energy, a focus towards industry training and build a wonderful community.
I look forward to growing the organisation, networking and meeting each of you, over the coming weeks and at the up and coming conference, in July 2019.
Please feel free to contact me at E: CEO@cranes.org.nz or via M: 021 432 711.