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Five Minutes with... Jenni Prentice

Introducing NZCF’s new Accounts and Membership Manager

We’re delighted to welcome Jenni Prentice to the NZCF staff to take on the combined roles of Accounts Manager and Membership Administrator. Jenni has an extensive background in accounting, financial control, office management and event management across a variety of sectors and says she is excited to work for an arts organisation that is about “making people happy.”

At the same time, we are very sorry to farewell Steffan Sinclair and Bea Selwood. Steffan has done a sterling job as NZCF National Accountant for the past 8 years and will be hugely missed, but we are fortunate that he will stay on as a consultant to NZCF as and when needed. We have greatly appreciated Bea Selwood’s work this year as Membership Administrator and are sorry that other commitments have meant she has had to step down from this role with NZCF.

As Jenni has only recently taken over the reins with Accounts and Membership, we thought we’d check in with her on how it’s going and find out about her other interests…

What are you enjoying about your new role?
I’m enjoying learning about all NZCF’s different activities and felt very privileged to attend The Big Sing Finale in Dunedin. What an inspiring event!

What does your day look like at NZCF?
So far, on the accounts side, I’ve been processing invoice payments and reconciling transactions in Xero but a significant part of my role will be assisting the CE with drawing up annual budgets and reporting back to the Board on those. As far as membership goes, I’m very much looking forward to interacting with individual and member choirs and getting to know all the volunteers in each region who support NZCF.

What’s one of your favourite music memories?
My Nana was a concert pianist and I loved watching her play. One of my earliest music memories is when I was a gymnast at primary and secondary school. We performed our floor routines to classical music and one of my favourite pieces was Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”.

What could we expect you to be doing in the weekends?
I have two sons who play a lot of sport, so I am busy transporting them around Wellington to their games. I also love to get out for a run.

What are your hobbies?
I love all sports and competed in the Oxfam Trail Walk in 2015 – we walked 100 kms in 23 hours! Gardening is also a passion – the simple pleasure of watching something grow is very satisfying.