2008 Laureate and Chairman of the Marsden Board of Management, Catherine Savage qualified as an accountant.
Her career has taken her from an accounting firm, to the National Gas Corporation and finally to AMP Capital Investors (New Zealand) Limited where, until recently, she was Managing Director with responsibility for setting the company’s strategic direction with its Board.
Trust and social responsibility are cornerstones of Catherine’s business ethic. She trusts staff to be accountable for their own decisions, and this, she believes, goes hand in hand with a responsibility to grow the funds of the community.
Beyond investment, Catherine is a member of the New Zealand Institute’s Think Tank, the Supporters’ Council of Enterprise New Zealand, and the Economic Committee of the Wellington Regional Strategy Committee. She is married with three children and has a personal interest in organic food.
By her own admission, Catherine grew up being told “she could do anything”. This allowed her to plan her goals, making choices and decisions as she set out to achieve them. She believes that success, both in career and in personal life, is based more on mental attitude than mental capacity.