Broadcasting Commission board member
Arts Council of New Zealand board member
Eastern & Central Community Trust board member
Charities Registration Board board member
Pacific Homecare Services board member
Caren is a proud Cook Islands Maori, whose families hail from the islands of Rakahanga, Manihiki, Rarotonga and Aitutaki. Caren is an experienced governance practitioner, having chosen to apply her professional, community and cultural skills and experience to a range of governance roles to ensure that a Pacific voice is heard at decision-making tables.
She is currently the Deputy Chair board for the Arts Council of New Zealand and the Eastern & Central Community Trust, and is a board member of the Charities Registration Board, Pacific Homecare Services and the Pacific Co-operation Broadcasting Ltd. She is also the independent Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Broadcasting Commission (New Zealand on Air).
Along with this governance experience, Caren brings her qualifications as a chartered accountant and auditor to the Pacific Inc. board table, as well as experience running her own consulting company, specialising in facilitation and organisational development.
Caren is passionate about leadership development, particularly in our Pacific communities. She has facilitated the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs Pacific senior managers leadership development programme and contributed to Le Va’s Le Tautua emerging leaders programme. She has also undertaken the Global Women breakthrough leaders programme to further develop her own leadership, and is an alumni of the inaugural Emerging Pacific Leaders Dialogue.