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. As a consultant and independent contractor, Jen provides mentoring and marketing support to lawyers in the firm.
Jen is a Director of Ngāi Tahu Seafood Limited and Regenerate Christchurch, a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and a Member of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. Jen is also a member of a governance group involved in the Ministry of Education Christchurch Schools Rebuild programme. Past governance roles include the Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust (Board Chair) and the University of Canterbury Foundation.
Jen has been recognised for her post-earthquake 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).