Congratulations to Amelia Linzey – Senior Technical Director, Planning who has graduated from the Global Women Breakthrough Leaders Programme.

Held on 8 December at the Auckland Museum in New Zealand, the graduation ceremony celebrated the outstanding achievements of the 2016 Breakthrough Leader graduates. The 38 women who will lead the future business landscape in New Zealand, were presented their graduation certificates by the RT Hon Bill English, a strong supporter of the programme.

Now entering its seventh year, the Global Women Breakthrough Leaders Programme is recognised as the pre-eminent leadership programme for female executives in New Zealand. Each leader experiences a journey of discovery, learning and deep development alongside an exceptional peer group and powerful network. They leave the programme with a growth mindset, open capability and strategic intent to engage with the biggest challenges and opportunities around our economic and social prosperity.

Don Lyon, Managing Director – New Zealand, says, “It’s exciting to see Amelia become our first graduate of the Breakthrough Leaders programme. Personally, I’m not at all surprised to see her excel – in both her chosen field and here again amongst a very talented group of women. I have no doubt she will be able to apply her learnings in a broad and positive way. Beca, our clients and the broader community – where Amelia makes a substantial leadership contribution, will also benefit.”

As Senior Technical Director for our planning team, Amelia has directed a number of key strategic and policy planning, infrastructure planning, statutory consents and community consultation projects. She has also served on the Board of Beca New Zealand and the Professional Leadership Team, and was appointed to the Board of Beca Group Limited earlier this year.

She has worked with Housing New Zealand and other clients on submissions, the development of Auckland's Unitary Plan, and as Engagement Manager on the NZ Transport Agency's nationally significant East West Link. Amelia also has professional roles as a member of the Advisory Board for the Sustainable Business Council and as Editor of Planning Quarterly (the NZ Planning Institute's official journal).

Amelia said that the programme was an opportunity to challenge herself on her leadership styles. “I’ve enjoyed building on my skills and exploring new ways of thinking and leading through the diversity of women involved. I am incredibly grateful to Beca for making this opportunity available to me and for their continual support throughout the programme.”

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See also December 2016