Lane Neave welcomes new Board Chair, Dr Thérèse Arseneau

Lane Neave has signalled its ongoing commitment to outstanding leadership and governance, with the appointment of Dr Thérèse Arseneau as new independent non-executive Chair.

After a nation-wide talent search, the vastly experienced Arseneau has been appointed to the role vacated by the retirement of Bryan Pearson.

“We are delighted to have attracted a Chair of the calibre of Thérèse,” said Andrew Shaw, Managing Partner at Lane Neave. “She is experienced across a number of private and public sectors, and has earned a reputation as a very effective chair and director with a focus on collaboration, clarity and stakeholder engagement.”

“She has a leadership style that enables high-performing boards, chief executives and organisations,” he said.

Thérèse has wide-ranging governance experience in New Zealand and Canada. She is the Chair of ChristchurchNZ Holdings Ltd, Director of J Ballantyne & Company Limited, and on the board of Education New Zealand. She previously chaired the boards of Ara Institute of Canterbury, Regenerate Christchurch, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Enterprise North Canterbury, and was a director of The Open Polytechnic of NZ Ltd.

Thérèse is delighted to take up the role of independent Chair of Lane Neave: “As a long-standing client in various capacities, I’ve been impressed by the firm’s commitment to delivering outstanding and wide-ranging legal services to its clients.

“Lane Neave’s rich history of placing the client at the centre, making complex issues simple, and providing innovative solutions tailored to the client’s needs attracted me to the firm and this role.

“I’m looking forward to supporting Lane Neave as it continues to grow and thrive. This is a firm with a view to the future, and I’m excited to see what we can achieve together.”

Pearson ended his long-term engagement as Board Chair of Lane Neave at the end of June 2023.

“Bryan certainly leaves a large pair of shoes to fill, and we will always be grateful to him for the guidance and stewardship he showed to the firm over many years,” Shaw said.

“Lane Neave is incredibly fortunate to have been served by outstanding independent Chairs, firstly by the late Stephen Collins and more latterly by Bryan.

“Each Chair brings their own persona and skillset to the role and we are now excited to see the contribution of Thérèse to the continued growth and success of Lane Neave as a leading national law firm,” he said.

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