2018 Recipients

2018 Recipients:

Sandy Cooper 1969-1975

Sandy founded her company Minnie Cooper in 1989; she designed and manufactured high quality leather shoes and bags in New Zealand for over 30 years.

She showed great courage in setting up her business and employed the best shoemakers and provided them with jobs to continue their craft.

As a business woman she operated in a very difficult market remaining committed to her original vision of designing robust stylish and beautifully made shoes for woman with attitude!! She opened retail stores in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch which were stocked exclusively with Minnie Cooper shoes, handbags and her knitwear.
Whilst Sandy is no longer manufacturing in NZ, she is still designing and producing her beautiful slippers.

She is a wonderful example of a smart and creative woman who decided what she wanted to do, applied herself and created a very successful business which captured a corner of the shoe market in NZ for 30 years.

Kate Davenport QC 1970-1978

Kate has an LLB (Hons) and a Master of Jurisprudence (Distinction), was admitted to the Bar in 1983, became a Barrister sole in 1990 and was appointed Queens Counsel in 2013. She is also admitted to the UK Bar (Middle Temple).

Kate is a civil and commercial litigator with 28 years’ experience at the bar. She is also a qualified mediator. She practices primarily in civil and commercial litigation including cases involving contracts and torts, equity and trusts, insolvency and company law, land law, construction law, relationship property and health law. Kate has a special interest in professional regulation. Kate was NZ Barrister of the Year in 2013.

Kate is President-Elect of the New Zealand Bar Association. She has been appointed to government tribunals, overseeing a range of disciplines which include the National Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproduction, Health Disciplinary Boards, the Appeal Board from the Censor and the Real Estate Disciplinary Tribunal.

Kate’s commitment to the law has seen her involved in governance of the legal profession and she has appeared as counsel and assessor for a range of specialties and causes.
Kate is a mother of 4 children – Giles, Elena, Julia and Jamie. She is married to Tim Christmas.

Dr Ann Hood 1963-1973

Ann’s first career was as a teacher. After having her family she trained as a psychologist, graduating with a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the University of Auckland in 2006. Her research was on youth suicide in New Zealand.

Her work has supported refugees, children, adolescents and families. She became a team leader and clinical lead at Whirinaki, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, before becoming a team leader at Procare Psychological Services.

Ann was appointed CEO of Refugees as Survivors in New Zealand in July 2015. Refugees as Survivors is a mental health service which promotes programmes and policies that advance the health, well-being and human rights of people from refugee backgrounds.

Ann has proved outstanding in her role, her work touches and transforms the lives of refugees and those who work for the organisation on a daily basis.

Her leadership qualities are wide ranging and model integrity, commitment and passion for the work and her teams. She has a holistic understanding of the needs of refugees and creative strategies to support the teams in meeting those needs.

Samantha Holdsworth 1990-1994

During her brilliant years as a Post Doctorate Fellow and Senior Research Scientist at Stanford University, Samantha was responsible for developing, translating, and maintaining advanced and clinically useful MRI acquisition and post-processing techniques to the Stanford Hospital and Clinics.

She has received numerous awards and grants for her work and amongst other successes pioneered the “amplified MRI” method; this shows clearer images of brain movement which has the potential to help diagnose diseases earlier.

Samantha is an innovator and an academic. She has a great story to tell, one of endurance and opportunity harnessed in a most unusual manner. She is a vibrant and inspirational speaker and a mother of young children who is contributing to the medical scene in NZ in ways far beyond her years.

Apart from her leading academic work at Stanford University she is one of the creators behind the proposed New Zealand Institute of Biomedical Imaging. This advanced medical organisation, if it achieves its core government funding (likely), will become a world leading innovator.

Samantha’s story is fascinating, her results are outstanding. This is about looking at the world differently, using tenacity and invention to solve a range of imaging and biomedical issues.