Andrea has over 25 years’ experience across the private and public sector. Starting her career as graduate sales trainee in the Information Technology (IT) sector – a great grounding in connecting with people and listening to what people value. After a number of years Andrea leveraged the skills developed into managing suppliers and procurement. In her current role as she leads the procurement function of Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities, the New Zealand government agency responsible for public housing and large scale urban regeneration. Andrea has agency-wide responsibility for strategic sourcing and supplier management across all categories ranging from civil works, construction, remediation and property maintenance, to information technology, learning & development, and everything in between.

Andrea is an experienced commercial manager, people leader and influencer who views challenges as opportunities and is always interested in learning more about what matters most to organisations, stakeholders, staff and customers. She has enjoyed building a broad range of skills, knowledge and experience across both the public and private sectors; experience that has enabled her to work for some great organisations and with some inspiring people.