Award for newest face on the board

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A Fairlie woman will soon be sitting at the board table of Ronald McDonald House South Island.
Rebecca Biggs (34) has won the Institute of Directors Canterbury branch first steps in governance award, and with it an internship position on the charity’s board.
Branch chairman Vincent Pooch said the judges were impressed by Ms Biggs’ ambition, step-by-step focus and leadership potential.
‘‘Rebecca is an inspirational young woman who has a strong professional and personal desire to make a real difference in governance. Her experience, combined with her desire to professionally develop as a director, will make her a real asset to the Ronald McDonald House South Island board,’’ Mr Pooch said.
The first steps in governance award was established in 2014 to develop future leaders through formal governance training, mentoring, and practical experience.
Ms Biggs, a marketing manager for Washdyke flour miller Farmers Mill, described a 2014 encounter between Farmers Mill and Ronald McDonald House as a career highlight.
‘‘I was totally blown away by what a special place the house is and what the volunteers and staff do to help families; simply incredible,’’ she said.
In her application, Ms Biggs said she hoped to bring diversity to the board table, and wanted to gain experience within both the charitable and agribusiness sectors.
‘‘Both are areas that really interest me and I would love to be able to help make a difference in those areas,’’ she said.
Ronald McDonald House South Island chairman Paul Deavoll said the charity was delighted to support the award.
‘‘Having had previous recipients of the award on the board, we hugely value the energy and dynamic thinking this role brings to the table,’’ Mr Deavoll said.
‘‘Rebecca will achieve considerable insight and knowledge from her time on the board and reciprocally, the board will benefit from all that Rebecca has to offer the charity and trust.’’