BA (Hons), LLB, University of Otago
Jen has 20 years’ national and international legal experience in project consenting and planning, along with governance experience in the Canterbury region. She has considerable expertise in due diligence and transactional work, infrastructure projects, urban redevelopment and agribusiness. Jen joined Anderson Lloyd in 2003 and previously worked in leading law firms in New Zealand (Bell Gully, Auckland and Buddle Findlay, Christchurch) and the UK (Freshfields, London). A partner at Anderson Lloyd until 31 March 2017, Jen made the decision to resign her partnership to focus on her family and governance opportunities. She continues to provide legal advice on a consultancy basis to selected clients, as well as offering informal mentoring support to aspiring directors and women professionals across a range of sectors.
Jen was appointed as a Director of Regenerate Christchurch in 2016 and recently stepped down as Chair of the Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust Board, after leading the organisation through a significant period following the Canterbury earthquakes. She has been recognised for her governance work as a finalist in the 2015 Women of Influence Awards and recipient of a Local Hero Medal in the 2017 New Zealander of the Year Awards, as well as being twice recognised in the NZ Lawyer Hotlist (2014 and 2016).
Jen is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, a member of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and a past trustee of the University of Canterbury Foundation.