Sally WolfendenRole: Head of Manufacturing
From: Nottingham, England
Born and bred in Nottingham, England I was initially employed as a Group Leader at NZP’s UK based subsidiary, Dextra Laboratories. As a PhD chemist, I was given the opportunity to move to New Zealand as part of a three year secondment to set up NZP’s Palmerston North based Research and Development team.
During my time on this project, I was simultaneously involved in a “Toolbox for Emerging Leaders” program which included a mentoring scheme and workshops on business areas such as HR and finance. I relished the opportunity to expand my leadership skills and grow my understanding of the operational/manufacturing side of our business and was able to put my learnings into practice almost immediately when I was promoted into the role of Production Manager. In January 2017, I was further promoted into a permanent position as the Head of Manufacturing, a busy and challenging position but one which is hugely rewarding. Both my Husband and I love the lifestyle on offer in New Zealand and have travelled extensively around the country. We got married in beautiful Queenstown, have explored the South Island including Abel Tasman, Tekapo, Kaikoura and Blenheim and have had trips to the Bay of Islands and Coromandel Peninsula. We feel proud to call New Zealand home and have enjoyed being able to show off this gorgeous country to all our friends and family!