Bronwyn Huband - PR & External Communications

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Joined the board: May 2020BronwynHuband

Role: PR & External Communications Director 

Length of time with the network: 2 years

Bronwyn is a seasoned Corporate Communications professional, having worked across internal and external communications. 

While her expertise is swayed towards internal communications as a strategic advisor and coach to leaders, including CEOs and executive, most recently she has specialised in Digital Corporate Communications.  Her roles have invovled proactive storytelling and thought leadership, as well as website and social media management.

Working across FTSE 100 companies and professional services she has designed and delivered communications strategies for businesses that engage and motivate, helping explain to colleagues, the press and other stakeholders the value and importance of the work they do.  

Bronwyn is a passionate advocate of our network’s mission to connect other women, having profiled members for our website and monthly newsletter, as well as overseeing our social media. Her ambition is to help build our network to be truly connected across the globe. Her focus will be on managing relationships with our sponsors, and making sure we share our story and mission not only with our members, but as widely as possible. 

Bronwyn’s personal mission is to engage and inspire other women to be strong and succeed through team work, respect and kindness.

Brought up in Dunedin, Bronwyn studied journalism and worked as a regional newspaper reporter before moving to the UK in 2006.  She is a keen runner and hiker, having completed two London marathons and most recently hiked Mt Kilimanjaro. Bronwyn is married with one young daughter and is currently Senior Digital Communications Manager at Centrica. 

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Bronwen Horton - Chair & Founder

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Role: Chair & Founder

Length of time with the Network: 11 years

For over a decade Bronwen has been the friendly, reassuring face thousands of relieved kiwi women have seen when they’ve walked into their first NZBWN meeting.  

Dedicated and generous, with an energy that we suspect is powered by Pineapple Lumps, Bronwen has proudly watched the network grow from 50 to 2,000 members.

Bronwen is passionate about helping women develop and grow, clocking up 10,000 voluntary hours in the process. For her the network has always had a social purpose and her vision continues to enrich the careers and lives of thousands of kiwi women by bringing them together to learn, connect and be inspired. The 2013 UK New Zealander of the Year and one of only 100 women in the world honoured in Washington for her work on the economic power of women has been described by the media as a ‘thought leader’ and radical change agent.’

Both in London and the UK she is committed to supporting her community. One of those many occasions was helping to raise over £2 million for her hometown of Christchurch following the devastating 2011 earthquake.

Her background includes expertise in wealth management, business change project management, financial advisory, tax and private banking. She is a consummate networker and relationship manager, who has led and developed cross-border teams, global projects and business growth

Brought up in Christchurch, Bronwen studied law and commerce at the University of Canterbury before moving to the UK in 2007. She is married to fellow Kiwi Mike, and is currently a Financial Planner at Killik & Co., Investment House in Mayfair, London. 

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Diane Berry - IT & Systems

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Role: IT & Systems Director 

Length of time with the network: New member 2020

Diane is a leader in data science (machine learning and artificial intelligence), advanced analytics and engineering solutions.  Her career has focused on applied math and information technology (IT) across industry and academia. At present, she is the Senior Manager in Data Science at Bain & Company and leads the Advanced Analytics Delivery Group in London.

At Bain, she advises on data and analytic strategies, analytic use case process to learn, build and scale solutions, and leads engineering development of advanced analytics solutions with tangible results.  She ensures the right problems are solved and solutions are adopted. Diane regularly presents on advanced analytics topics.

Prior to joining Bain, Diane had an intervening period in academia at University College of London (UCL) in applying novel techniques in data science and statistics to medical research, which included investigating patterns in DNA. She has co-authored some 28 papers published in academic journals, such as Lancet and Nature Genetics.   

The first part of her career was 9+ years IT industry and where she gained extensive software engineering and database development experience. She has worked for JP Morgan Chase and HSBC as well as commodity derivatives trading house.

Diane’s personal mission is to motivate, inspire and keep women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers. She believes this can be done through collaborating broadly, experience sharing and learning from all. 

Diane has a PhD in Statistics and MSc in Statistical Science from UCL, London and Bachelor of Technology in Information Engineering from Massey University, New Zealand.  She grew up in Tawa (on the flat), Wellington, New Zealand.  

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