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Siobhan Storey announced as new QRS chief financial officer

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Siobhan Storey, Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Pāhauwera, has been announced as chief financial officer at Quality Roading and Services.

The senior appointment was announced last week by QRS chief executive Jeremy Harker. Mr Harker described Ms Storey as a highly capable person with outstanding knowledge and skills in her profession.

“But she is more than that, she is a great leader, a strategic thinker, and a passionate advocate for QRS and Wairoa.”

Ms Storey came to QRS as a short-term contractor in 2015 following the death of her grandmother and a desire to be closer to whanau.

Bubbly and energetic Ms Storey has always thrown herself into community life. She is treasurer of Te Hōnonga o Ngā Awa, one of the Tātou Tātou o te Wairoa Kāhui trusts. She is a Wairoa Boxing Club coach and committee member, a Ngāti Pāhauwera trustee, and a Tairāwhiti REAP board member.

Ms Storey, who recently became a mum for the first time, says she’s proud to be able to do a job like hers in her hometown and alongside “valued colleagues.”

“I truly believe in this company, its vision, and the things we do for our community like being first in line to support local events and fundraisers.”

“As well as the employment and education opportunities it offers, I’ve really enjoyed seeing how much QRS and its staff have been valued, particularly these past few weeks with all the storms.”

Ms Storey has a Bachelor of Arts in Māori resource management and a Bachelor of Law. In June she will finish her third degree, a Bachelor of Business majoring in accounting. “That’s a lot of my life just learning!”

QRS supported Ms Storey to complete her business degree by covering course costs and giving her time to study and sit exams. Ms Storey says “QRS is a company that believes in people no matter what area of the business you work in and builds them up. I’m proud to be part of that process and I am really excited now to hold this new position.”

As a chief financial officer or CFO Ms Storey is responsible for tracking cash flow, financial planning, analysing the company's financial strengths and weaknesses, and proposing strategic directions in order for QRS to continue to make a profit and help grow the Wairoa community.

The CFO position had been vacant since 2020 after the resignation of Karen Burger. For the past two years, Ms Storey has been QRS’s financial controller while taking on some of the work that a CFO would normally do. 

Ms Storey says she is eternally grateful for the guidance and support offered by colleagues like Karen and Angela Thomas. “When I was newly back home and floundering a little with regard to my career, both these ladies were instrumental in helping me choose my path. They put a lot of time and effort into teaching me the basics and encouraging me.”

Mr Harker says Ms Storey has been joined by newly appointed finance officer Courtney Ribbon, also originally from Wairoa, to further strengthen the finance team.

3 May 2022

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