Kirsty Paterson, Committee Chair

Kirsty has worked for the Ministry for Primary Industries since May 2018 and became a member of the Southern Government Women’s Network committee around the same time. She lives in Christchurch with her 12-year-old son. They moved to New Zealand in 2013 from Scotland.
Kirsty has had various jobs since graduating from Glasgow University with a Computing Science degree. She has been a software engineer a college lecturer and a driving Instructor and is now a Chief Quarantine Officer at MPI where she is a team leader for around 12 staff. During COVID Kirsty applied to work in the Mycoplasma Bovis Programme in the Disease Control Group.  She is passionate about empowering women to realise their potential in whatever career they choose. Now that she works in the Public Sector, Kirsty feels she can turn that passion into creating opportunities for other women to be inspired and motivated to follow their own career pathway. 
Being a committee member of Southern Government Women’s Network (SGWN), has given her the chance to run events and seminars which create the space for other women to connect with inspiring leaders or simply to be inspired to take the next step in their career journeys.
Kirsty is looking forward to the challenge of taking on the role of Chair of SGWN and working with the rest of the committee in 2024.
Kirsty Patterson

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