Dr Helen Darling is a finalist in this year's Women of
Influence awards. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Helen Darling admits she was ''really chuffed'' to be
named a finalist in the business entrepreneur category of this
year's Women of Influence awards.
Dr Darling launched consultancy business Darling and
Associates a year ago, providing a bespoke service for food
producers, exporters, importers and regulators to identify
supply-chain issues and solutions.
Before that, the Otago woman was the founding chief executive
of Oritain, which has been pioneering commercial food origin
systems since its inception in 2008.
''It's a pretty amazing group of people when you read through
the list. It's quite a privilege. I'm quite honoured and
humbled,'' she said.
The business-entrepreneur category recognised women who had
substantially developed their own business and led its
strategy and direction.
They included high-profile women like World of Wearable Art
founder Dame Suzie Moncrieff, NZ Tax Refunds founder and
chief executive Cilla Hegarty, Attitude Pictures founding
chief executive Robyn Scott-Vincent, and Dame Wendy Pye,
founding owner and managing director of educational publisher
Wendy Pye Publishing Ltd.
Dr Darling was looking forward to the awards function in
Auckland on October 8 and being surrounded by ''really
amazing talent'', along with networking opportunities.
''I also do think when you get a lot of people in a room, and
a lot of positive energy . . . a lot of good stuff happens,''
Dr Darling is a director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Food
Integrity and it was ''really taking off''.
There was huge interest from China in what it was doing and a
real desire to have a robust supply chain.
The centre had a whole-of-supply-chain approach and it was
built on robustness and integrity, which was what both
consumers and producers wanted, she said.
Dr Darling was also working with some ''cool customers'' in
She is on the boards of the Institute of Environmental
Science and Research (ESR) and the Otago Southland Employers'
Association, and an advisory board member for Export NZ.