What drives NZ’s HR manager of the year?


Wintec’s Katrina Van de Ven says she wouldn’t have been awarded New Zealand HR Manager of the Year if it wasn’t for the team around her.

Van de Ven was honoured as the 2019 New Zealand HR Manager of the Year by the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ).

Van de Ven, who is Wintec’s executive director People and Culture, says she is honoured by the award.

“Our People and Culture team surprised me with the nomination for this award. I feel very grateful that I work with passionate and talented people as I wouldn’t have received this award without the Wintec team supporting me.”

HRINZ chief executive Nick McKissack said the quality of this year’s submissions to the award categories were outstanding and clearly demonstrated the talented HR professionals the industry has in New Zealand. He also said there was a diverse range of individuals and organisations as winners.

Van de Ven has been at Wintec for six years, with three years as executive director of People and Culture.

“I’m driven by what we do here at Wintec,” she says. “To be part of a team that has a meaningful purpose, to develop our future workforce and create work-ready graduates – that’s what really excites me about my role.”

“What drives excellence in human resources, and is key to my approach in my profession, is ensuring you are kind and always valuing people.”


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