Dame Bronwen Holdsworth DNZM

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Dame Bronwen Holdsworth DNZM

Bronwen is finance director and chairman of the Holdsworth Group, which includes industrial technology, farming, property and investment companies. The flagship company, Pultron Composites Ltd, is internationally regarded and has a branch in the Middle East.

Over the years she has also been involved with a range of activities, both locally and nationally, in the areas of the arts, education and business. Locally these have included Waikato University Extension courses; Tairawhiti Polytechnic Council; Tairawhiti Museum Council; East Coast Business Development Board; and the Gisborne Opera Festival.

Nationally these have included membership of a Ministerial Task Force on International Competitiveness; the steering committee for the APEC Women Leaders Conference; the Prime Minister’s Enterprise Council; a Ministerial Technological Innovation Working Group; and the FRST Technology Advisory Committee.

Among other directorships, Bronwen has been on the boards of TVNZ; the NZ Symphony Orchestra (NZSO); and was establishing chairman of First Light Tourism. She has recently returned to the NZSO board.

Bronwen is also currently a trustee of the Gisborne War Memorial Theatre Trust; Te Hā 1769 Sestercentennial Trust; and the Gisborne International Music Competition Trust.

She was Business Woman of the Year in 1988, was awarded Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1997, and honoured by the Queen with the award of Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015.

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