Erin Victoria Jackson

Deputy chair

Having established her career in "the new Christchurch", University of Canterbury graduate (LLB/BA) Erin Jackson was president of the university’s students' association for two years in the immediate post-quake environment. She holds a range of governance positions and – in her day job – is “boss lady” of Narrative, a campaign management agency she founded. 

Erin sits on a variety of charitable and not-for-profit trusts, including the University of Canterbury Foundation, the Committee for Canterbury, and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Board. She is also chair of the Student Volunteer Army Foundation - a direct legacy from the movement of volunteers in response to the earthquakes.

Authenticity and continuous development are two must-haves for those thinking of taking on governance roles, she says.

“My philosophy is to give as much as possible, including taking on voluntary work. It’s all about adding value and – above all – being authentic.

“Given the liability and commitment you take on as a trustee or director, you have to be genuinely engaged.

“For those people considering what path they should take I challenge them to answer this question: ‘What’s the problem you want to solve?’.”

She says she loves governance roles because they allow her to help set an organisation’s direction and strategy, plus enable her to tap into existing frameworks to create positive change.

“I’m also very interested in increasing the diversity of boards because diversity enhances decision-making. Organisations that I respect have boards that are diverse in thought, gender, ethnicity and age.”

Erin was appointed as an Arts Centre board trustee in 2013, and reappointed under the Act in 2015 and 2018.