Governance Bio
Jane Houghton
Appoint Professional

Jane Houghton

7 Years
Paid or Unpaid Roles

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Governance Roles


Parkview School

March 2016 - Present (3 years)

Chairperson for Home & School Committee

Committee Member

Parklands Rugby Club

November 2014 - Present (5 years)


Parkview Home and School Committee

April 2015 - March 2016 (11 months)

Treasurer for home and school committee.

Committee member

Parkview Home and School Committee

May 2013 - April 2015 (1 years)

On the committee for the school. Help with fundraising events, plans, etc.


Kidsfirst Kindergarten

January 2011 - May 2013 (2 years)

President for the committee. Apply for sponsorship, discounts and funding. Organise and chair monthy meetings. Organise, plan and arrange fundraising initatives and events.


Parklands Playgroup

January 2010 - April 2013 (3 years)

Secretary for local playgroup. Arrange, create, type, print all paperwork/files as necessary. Create and distribute termly newsletters. Arrange meetings and take minutes. Create Facebook page for playgroup and update/monitor.

Executive Roles


Appoint - Better Boards

April 2012 - Present (7 years)

Welcome to appoint. Here's why we do what we do... We want New Zealand to be an enviable place to live and work. To achieve this we need our commercial and social enterprises to be robust, vibrant and ambitious. Strong governance, through better boards, is key to making this happen. appoint allows organisations seeking directors to easily connect with individuals wanting to share their governance experience. We also support organisations requiring advice on how to create and recruit better boards. Since April 2012 we have helped Rowing NZ, Alzheimers Auckland, NZ Domain Name Registry Ltd, Rubbish Direct Ltd, Daya Trust, Touch NZ, SPCA Auckland Inc., Linguis International Institute, Wellington Dance Festival, Bike NZ, Sport Wellington and Birthright make successful board appointments from our pool over 10,000 members. We have strong principles around: Diversity - we believe that diverse boards are better boards and we strive to ensure our pool of over 10,000+ potential directors reflects the make up of our community. Transparency - we believe it's in an organisation's best interest to promote its governance roles to a broad pool of potential directors. Community - we are passionate about Aotearoa and helping our country succeed through stronger business and social enterprises. appoint is privileged to have the support of Sport New Zealand and Grant Thornton as Foundation Partners.

Operations Manager for the South Island

Red Badge

April 2005 - August 2008 (3 years)

Responsible for the running and management of events in the South Island for Red Badge. Clients included AMI Stadium, Christchurch City Council, Canterbury Cricket Association, Crusaders and New Zealand Cricket. I would meet with clients to discuss their needs. I would advise regarding staff and their roles and co-ordinate and organise staff according to requirements. I recruited staff, organised rosters, role, pay and ensured staff had relevant training. I developed and ran training courses and wrote and produced employment booklets. I organised staff to work events and placed in accordance with abilities and job specification. I prepared briefs and maps for the information of Pre & Post event staff and for Supervisors for the main events. At each major event I would brief Supervisors and run the event from management level. I processed and submitted wages and invoices to Head Office in Auckland. Prepared quotes and advised clients regarding functions/events/concerts. I arranged for transport, accommodation and meal allowances for staff and management when events were held outside Christchurch. I had to work within strict budgets. I had over 300 staff working for Red Badge in Christchurch. Approximately 150 would work a rugby match at AMI Stadium, I would plan and co-ordinate job allocations for each member of staff, when and why, ensuring the event ran smoothly and according to our standards (set out in briefs I designed). I left this role to look after my children.

Police Officer & Police Trainer

Greater Manchester Police - UK

February 2003 - March 2005 (2 years)

As a serving police officer also responsible to teach, supervise and manage probationary constables within the first two years of their service, teaching legislation, force procedures and policies within the wider context of social issues. Summons and Warrants was a lesson I gave to my Stage 3 students, detailing different kinds of summons and warrants, how they are served, considerations when executing, how to plan the execution, and what to do with documents/monies after. I was also responsible to teach police officers learning styles, models and theories to enable them to teach and supervise probationary constables on a one to one basis. Responsible for researching, designing, creating and delivering training packages, ensuring up to date, relevant and realistic. Prepare and manage training rooms and locations for role-play scenarios. I successfully take control in situations; comply with policy and procedure, acting as a role model to others. I direct others by giving precise instructions but can be flexible; am supportive and tolerant when mistakes are made. I reflect on my own performance learning from past experience. I seek responsibility and work in a controlled manner. I am smart in appearance and promote a professional approach and behaviour in others. I left this role to try a new life abroad.

Police Officer

Greater Manchester Police - UK

February 1998 - February 2003 (5 years)

During my police career I did many general police duties working in various areas such as Criminal Investigations Department (C.I.D.), Mobile Uniform Patrol and Custody Office. I have dealt with rape cases, attempt murders, serious assaults, death by dangerous driving, dealing with victims, witnesses and the offenders, as well as trying to ensure the crime scene was kept for forensic examination. I was also a tutor constable where I was responsible for giving on the job training to individual new recruits. Attend court and give evidence in relation to incidents and my case file preparation. Transcribe taped interviews with offenders onto appropriate forms.


Work place - Sedgley Park Training School for Greater Manchester Police

BTEC, D32/D33 National Vocational Qualification Assessor

2001 - 2002


Trainers Development Programme, B22/B33/C21/C23/C27/E31 National Standards for Training and Development

2000 - 2001

University of Manchester

Certificate In Education, Teaching

2000 - 2001

North Trafford College

Higher BTEC National, Business and Finance and Business Studies

1992 - 1993