Diane Patchett - New Zealand
Inner Wheel has continued to be a part of my life since 1989. During these years I initiated service opportunities supporting projects locally, nationally and internationally and held leadership roles at club, District and National Governing Body Level.
I have been an educator for 40 years, teaching primary students until 15 years ago before moving from classroom teaching to Deputy Principal of a large urban school. Teaching, together with elected positions on school, Inner Wheel and sports boards, has offered experience in strategic and financial planning, governance, people management and the use of technology.
The values and objects of Inner Wheel are increasingly more relevant today as we continue to be a part of a rapidly changing world. This transformation is exciting as it provides opportunities to share success and work collaboratively on a global stage. The use of modern technology allows engagement with a wider and younger audience.
The International Governing Body is able to combine the experiences of many of our leaders to recommend future direction and guidance about how we continue to grow the Inner Wheel brand. A brand linked with service, friendship and leadership for women from all walks of life.
I would be very keen to, and believe I have the necessary skills in governance, leadership and modern communication, to work alongside Inner Wheel leaders from around the world in furthering a vision for our future.