Buddle Findlay welcomes Christchurch office team lead to board

With Jan Etwell's addition, 2/3 of the board is now composed of women

Buddle Findlay welcomes Christchurch office team lead to board
Jan Etwell

Buddle Findlay has welcomed Christchurch office team leader Jan Etwell to its board of management.

Etwell takes Mark Odlin’s seat on the board. With her appointment, two-thirds of the board is now composed of women.

“We know that having a diverse workforce increases our creativity, innovation and profitability, and provides our clients with better experiences”, said board chair Jennifer Caldwell. "I am delighted to have Jan join our board as she not only provides stronger female representation but brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience at the firm".

Etwell has been with Buddle Findlay since 1996, and made partner in 2002. In addition to leading the Christchurch office, she also heads up the firm’s banking and financial services team in the region.

At present, she is Buddle Findlay’s trust account partner. She helped develop the firm’s inaugural flexible working policy while she was on the national diversity and inclusion committee, and has also been part of the internal professional development and conflicts committees. In addition, she is active in graduate recruitment.

"I have worked alongside many of our people over a number of years on a wide variety of initiatives designed to make our firm a better place for our people to work while at the same time meeting our clients' needs in the best way possible. I am looking forward to continuing that work at board level”, Etwell said. “The legal world is rapidly changing, particularly with the emergence of artificial intelligence. I am keen to work with the board to ensure that our business and more importantly, our people, are best placed to embrace the challenges and opportunities that arise in the years to come".

She officially joined the board on 1 April as the Christchurch representative.

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