Keep New Zealand Beautiful Announces New Board

During its 50th anniversary celebrations, The Keep New Zealand Beautiful Society, Inc. (KNZB) has announced that Alexandra Davids has been named the organisation’s new Chairperson.

Heather Saunderson, CEO of KNZB says “Alexandra has a deep understanding of the environmental challenges we face in New Zealand as well as in a global context. She has spent her career as an agent of change, team builder and she cares deeply about community. Alex has varied leadership experience in the areas of youth engagement, environmental education, volunteerism, and local government.”

Alexandra has from a young age been extensively involved in both charity and volunteer work. Alex serves as a Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board member in Christchurch, Chairperson of Keep Christchurch Beautiful, elected as the Zone 5 representative for the National Young Elected Members Board, is a Board of Trustees member for The Graeme Dingle Foundation and works for Women’s Refuge. Alexandra is passionate about making both her home city of Christchurch and New Zealand as a whole a better, and more sustainable place to live.

“Keep New Zealand Beautiful’s strong grassroots network reflects the diversity the communities we serve and the support that we provide to the tens of thousands of volunteers that work with us to empower and enrich our communities. I am honoured to have been chosen to lead this iconic organisation into its next phase of revitilisation and strategic growth.”

Councillor Victoria Kaye-Simmons has been elected to serve as the organisation’s Deputy Chairperson. “Victoria’s experience along with her personal values and compassion, will advance our efforts to deliver lasting environmental impact across New Zealand,” says John Riddell, Immediate Past Chairman of KNZB.

Councillor Kay-Simmons is a wife, mother, small business owner and a third term district councillor in the Horowhenua. She has numerous important roles in the community, serving as the Creative Communities Chair, Keep Levin Beautiful Chair, Horowhenua Family Violence Intervention Program Chair, Board/Committee member of Lake Accord, Horowhenua Lake Domain Board member, Thompson House Executive, Community Wellbeing, Waitangi Day (iwi), Levin Budget Service, Youth Scholarship and Civic Honour Judging Panel.

In addition to the appointment of Ms Davids as Chair, and Councillor Kaye-Simmons as Deputy Chair, the following board members were announced at the AGM held in Hastings:

CHAIRPERSON 
Alexandra Davids

DEPUTY-CHAIR/Local Government Representative
Councillor Victoria Kaye-Simmons

ZONE REPRESENTATIVES:
John Riddell                       Zone 1 / Upper North Island
Councillor Andrew Iles     Zone 2 / Central North Island
TBA                                       Zone 3 / Lower North Island
Alexandra Davids             Zone 4 / Upper South Island
Jan Tucker                       Zone 5 / Lower South Island

APPOINTED REPRESENTATIVES:
John Eatwell
David Cartwright

Keep New Zealand Beautiful would like to extend a warm thank you to their Immediate Past Chair John Riddell, for his commitment and passion for the organization.

For further information on Keep New Zealand Beautiful or to speak to any of our Board members, please contact KNZB Marketing Manager, Kath Doubleday, on marketing@knzb.org.nz or 021 215 7952