New bowls boss brings plenty of skills to job

23:25, Jul 24 2014
Karen Witham
ENJOYS INVOLVEMENT: Karen Witham is in her third week as Bowls Southland's chief executive.

Voluntary work in Southland outdoor bowls is highly valued by administrator Karen Witham.

She started as chief executive of Bowls Southland this month, bringing a variety of skills to the role.

Witham was a site training co-ordinator at Fonterra for 21 months before joining Bowls Southland. She earlier spent three years, on a voluntary basis, as promotions co-convenor for the New Zealand Playcentre Federation.

Witham has also had a mixture of paid and voluntary work at the Southland Playcentre Association.

In 2010, Witham completed papers on management, business and human resource at Southern Institute of Technology. She is working on a graduate diploma in management at SIT.

"I'm a community focused person. I like to work with a group of people that have the passion to be involved in something," Witham said.

"Work isn't all about personal gain."

There are 44 southern clubs affiliated to Bowls Southland, 1484 registered bowlers and 42 greens in the region. The season runs from September to April.

Witham wants to bolster sponsorship in southern bowls and crank up promotions and marketing.
"I'll be looking to learn the art of a good bowl," Witham said.

The administrator plays third grade netball and is president of the Collegiate Netball Club in Invercargill.

As an 11-year-old, Witham and her cousin, Peter Ledington, of Christchurch, won the consolation of the mixed pairs at the New Zealand Darts Championship in Christchurch.


The Southland Times