Last year, I was elected to the InternetNZ Council for a one-year term, as the result of the early resignation of Chris Streatfield. After one amazing but short year in office, I’m pleased to offer my services again as a councillor.
In the last year I have
- Made significant contributions to the development of the Investment and Charitable Grants policies
- Organised the NetHui session on Digital Literacy as part of the Access and Diversity stream
- Encouraged a wider group of people from my diverse networks to join InternetNZ and participate in the conversation
- Pressed for the widening of InternetNZ’s brief “up the stack”, so that we focus on the usage and impact of the Internet in wider society, rather than just the pipes
- Connected InternetNZ staff and other councillors with appropriate people in external organisations where we can make a difference, such as the Wellington City Council’s Digital Strategy Development forum
- Made myself available to members through Twitter, LinkedIn, and email to raise any issues of concern to Council
- Promoted a culture of creative entrepreneurship, shared purpose, and respect around the council table
If re-elected, I will continue to work hard to ensure that:
- The NZ Internet (in the widest sense) remains open and uncapturable
- Council focusses on its responsibility to its members as well as wider society in its full diversity
- InternetNZ gets the best out of its staff and operating companies, supporting our excellent Chief Execs to achieve the strategy we set
- Strategic opportunities are recognised and seized as they arise
- I am available and approachable for members to voice their concerns and act as a conduit to Council.
I look forward to continuing in my role to keep InternetNZ the great organisation it is, and expand its impact and the good it does in society.