Tania Dickie has been appointed chief executive of
Dunedin-based Credit Union South, the first woman to achieve
Ms Dickie (47) joined the credit union in 2012 as chief
operating officer, responsible for the day-to-day operations
of the business.
She has been acting chief executive for six months.
''I look forward to stepping up permanently to the role of
chief executive and building on the credit union's
achievements in recent years,'' she said yesterday.
''My first task, in conjunction with the board, will be to
assess the market opportunities for Credit Union South and
develop and deliver on a strategy and plan to achieve this.''
As the third-largest credit union in New Zealand, and the
largest in South Island, Credit Union South must continue to
grow and develop all aspects of its services, products, how
it delivered then and the technology choices for customers
and members, she said.
The credit union was committed to improving the financial
literacy of South Islanders and being part of the
Credit Union South chairman Bevan Killick said several
international candidates from top banking, credit union and
various business backgrounds were evaluated for the position.
However, Ms Dickie emerged ''head and shoulders'' above the
group of candidates.
Ms Dickie's previous roles within the financial services
industry included work at AGC Finance, Westpac, FAI Finance
and Baycorp New Zealand. A profile of Ms Dickie will follow.