Sally Smith

Sally Smith 2016

Sally Smith 

BPW Warkworth


  • BA Double Major – English Language and Literature and Philosophy
    • Auckland University and Victoria University of Wellington
  • MBA Retailing and Wholesaling –  Stirling University, Scotland


  • Chair – Governance Committee for Abuse Prevention Services, Rodney and Hibiscus Coast (Voluntary)
  • Previously, Business Systems Consultant in London
  • Previously employed by Woolworths UK as Trading Board Director Business Systems and Processes


  • Joined BPW Warkworth 2009
  • Membership Convenor 2009 to present
  • Membership increased from 28 (2009) to 55 today
  • President August 2014 to present
  • Initiated and Managing the upgrade to the KTA Programme –
  • Attended National Conferences 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Developed and delivered resolution to Conference 2014 urging the Government to make Mental Health a higher priority for District Health Boards and to ensure that there was a suitably qualified person on each Health Board to advocate for Mental Health Service. Resolution Passed.
  • Seconded two resolutions and one late resolution at Conference 2015. All passed.
  • Attended Regional Meetings annually 2012 to present
  • Organised Regional Meeting in Warkworth 2013
  • Attended Leadership Forum 2015
  • Attended International Congress Jeju 2014 as alternate delegate, worked with Hellen Swales on three resolutions, seconded wo of them, both passed unanimously
  • Floor and Personnel Manager for Asia Pacific Regional Conference 2016
  • Attended CSW60 2016 with Hellen Swales, representing BPW NZ courtesy of Pacific Women’s Watch.


In addition to my role running Abuse Prevention Services for Rodney and Hibiscus Coast Districts, I have worked extensively on the Prevention of Suicide, Depression and Self Harming. In 2012 I cycled from Bluff to Cape Reinga with 9 colleagues as Ride Out of the Blue, raising awareness of suicide, depression and self-harming ad raising $4,000 for the development and trialling of the of the Mental Health Foundation’s Mindfulness in Schools Programme. In 2014, I organised an took part in another Ride Out of the Blue, Bluff to Cape Reinga with the same objectives and raised $20,000 for the same Mental Health Programme. Both rides covered 2,300ks in 21 days

I also teach quilting to groups of women just for the satisfaction of seeing them blossom, come out o their shells, grow in confidence and make new and lasting friendships.


After 12 fabulous years of full time sailing and exploring different parts of the world with my husband, we have slung the hook and it is time to give back.

I am totally committed to bettering the lives of women, locally, nationally, and internationally. I strongly believe that growing our membership throughout the country will enable us all to contribute positively to our local communities, have an even stronger voice in promoting women in businesses large and small, have a big loud voice in parliament and continue to make a significant impact Internationally. Membership is the firm foundation on which BPW can succeed in meeting its aims.