Renée Walker, deputy chief executive for readiness and recovery at the Earthquake Commission (EQC), has decided to step down from her role to pursue new opportunities.
Walker has been working in the Canterbury insurance industry for nearly a decade since the 2010 earthquakes, which she described as a challenging yet equally rewarding environment.
“I started working in the insurance sector, not because I was interested in insurance or claims, but because I wanted to help people recover and move forward with their lives following the devastating Canterbury earthquakes,” Walker said.
“I have stayed true to this purpose the entire time and feel ready to leave now – proud of the contribution I have made to the Canterbury recovery,” she continued. “It hasn’t always been an easy environment to work in, and we haven’t always got things right, but I am beyond proud of the effort our team makes every day to help our customers and community. We have worked hard to become more customer-focused, and we have made [much] progress.”
With EQC’s solid plans in place, Walker said this is the right time for her to pursue new opportunities.
“We have built a team with the capacity and capability to deliver on these plans, so it is time to look at new challenges,” she explained.
Sid Miller, chief executive of EQC, said Walker would leave EQC in May after a three-month transition period.
“It is with disappointment that I have accepted Renée’s resignation from EQC. She has made an outstanding contribution to the organisation over the last few years and has been instrumental in the transformation we have achieved,” Miller said.