• Christine Glover

Excelling at delivering events

Providing positively memorable event experiences is what Christine Glover loves to do. “At every event I do, I love to see a sea of smiling faces – it’s a great feeling,” says the recently appointed events manager for the North Harbour Club.

The Hobsonville Point resident hit the ground running at the Club’s blue-ribbon event – the AIMES Awards Gala night – coming on board a week prior to the ‘Shooting for the Stars’ themed occasion at Takapuna’s Bruce Mason Centre. “What a magnificent event,” she says. “The level of achievement on display at the AIMES Awards is incredible. It had the highest standard of performers throughout the night, including the live orchestra.

“I’m struck by what great networking opportunities there are for members at this event too. I can see why there are so many people attracted to the club!”

Working as part of a dynamic team at the Club, and paying homage to the work of Christie Stuart, and colleagues Erin Marmont and Jodie Rawle, Christine is keen to play her part in providing standout occasions to maintain and grow club membership. “I aim to contribute towards seamless events, attracting even more new members, sustaining and growing the club,” she says.

Christine got her first taste for event management in the late 1990s, while working at the newly opened Te Papa in Wellington. She has since worked in London, China, Thailand, Spain, Canada, Australia and extensively in New Zealand, creating memorable celebratory moments for many.

Husband John is ‘North Harbour born and bred’, and the couple have two children – Henry, aged six, and Angus, three. Wellbeing is a priority for Christine and family; they all enjoy cycling, particularly on the increasing number of cycleways in the local area. “We like to go on family picnics and love spending time at the many beautiful beaches and cafes around the Shore too,” she says.

Christine has been involved in managing the ASB Tennis Classic, the city’s Lantern Festival, Polo Open, Rhythm & Vines, as well as producing the elections for Upper Harbour and various other local community events. She worked for the Britain Australia Society while living in London, organising events at the House of Lords and, on one occasion, for the Duke of Edinburgh.  “The club seems like it’s similar to the work I contributed to in London on behalf of the B-A Society,” she says.

Besides taking on the events manager role for the Club, Christine produced her own organic skincare and tampons brand, Estella, and sees herself very much as a learning entrepreneur. She is not afraid of a challenge and sees one of her most rewarding as being the 350km walk she completed from Istanbul to Gallipoli alongside two Turks, two Australians and a fellow Kiwi to mark ANZAC Day with 15,000 others at Anzac Cove.

And if a young Christine was to have won an AIMES Award herself in any of the categories, which would it most likely have been? “I don’t think I could ever say that I have achieved excellence in one field, and I understand, I’m always on a learning journey. I think I’d say Service to the Community, however, for the community events throughout my career.”

She adds, “I’m looking forward to getting my teeth stuck into the role. I’m keen to chat with all of the esteemed members, to build on the wealth of knowledge that already exists within the Club. Then I’ll strive to work as a team to facilitate memorable events that, as a bonus, attract new members and opportunities.”