As you know my almost seven years with National Enterprise Network came to an end today, I started as Interim CEO in April 2011 with an intention to serve a six month contract, and look what happened!

It’s fair to say that not having been sure whether I would take to a role with a national profile and a national commitment – I have loved every minute of it (well almost)!

I’ve worked in the enterprise support sector for almost 26 years; I joined an enterprise agency in April 1992 as an office administrator and worked my way to being General Manager of, what was then, one of the largest enterprise agencies in the country – from that I went on to work for sub-regional and regional Business Links and then here to NEN.

I knew many of you already then, I knew the great jobs you do to support clients from all sorts of backgrounds, to start and run businesses of all shapes and sizes; I knew this because I’d done so much of it myself and found it to be some of the most rewarding work, I think, you could ever do!  I knew I was enthusiastic and passionate enough about the work we all do to feel sure I could bring something to the role of CEO and I hope that’s what you’ve experienced from me; there have been challenges along the way and no doubt more to come, but our sector is nothing if not resilient and I’ve no doubt whatever comes up in the future, whether good or bad, you’ll respond with the drive and commitment you always have!

Following a short break, I’ll be back in the job market sometime in the New Year and I’m pretty sure that whilst I don’t know exactly what I will be doing – I have no intention of turning my back on the sector that has given me so much over the largest part of my working life; perhaps you will bear me in mind if you come across any interesting opportunities?

I have been very lucky to work with and for some fabulous people; to all of you I say thanks for the support you have shown to me, to NEN and to the sector; please keep up the great work you do – our clients value it so much!

Wishing you all the very best!