Ventia has bolstered its defence and health industry credentials with the appointment of former Deputy Director of NZDF Shared Services Vicky Honey.

Honey’s initial focus will be on leading Ventia’s health sector work with central Alliance to provide asset management and essential services at Palmerston North Hospital, Whanganui Hospital and other health centres in Manawatū and Whanganui.

In addition, Ventia Defence and Social Infrastructure Group Executive Derek Osborn says Honey’s past experience providing services to NZDF will be invaluable as the essential services provider grows its defence business in New Zealand.

“Vicky is a highly respected female leader and her appointment adds real depth, diversity and experience to our leadership team in Aotearoa,” Osborn said. “She has worked directly with the NZDF to manage its shared services functions in the past, so few people are better equipped than her to mentor our team as they grow Ventia’s New Zealand defence sector presence,” he said.

Honey’s appointment builds on Ventia’s broad sector expertise, which includes a 30-year-plus partnership providing maintenance, estate management and a wide range of other support services to the Australian Defence Force.

Honey said she was looking forward to exploring opportunities for Ventia to grow its Defence and Social Infrastructure business in New Zealand, across both the health and defence sectors. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the NZDF and got immense satisfaction from helping to provide the key non-military functions like travel, accommodation, housing, and messing and dining that support those who serve,” she said. “Ventia has developed its defence sector capabilities over many years and is well positioned to provide support functions to any defence force around the world.”

Ventia is a New Zealand-listed company with a team of more than 5,500 people working from offices and depots the length of the country. It undertakes over $5.1 billion of essential services work in Australia and New Zealand annually, working across sectors including Defence and Social Infrastructure, Infrastructure Services, Transport and Telecommunications.

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