THE HONOURABLE RUTH RICHARDSON
In the years since Ruth left Parliament in 1994, she has had an extensive international practice as a public policy consultant. She has advised widely on strategies designed to achieve the practice of good governance and the development of high quality policy frameworks. Her client base has spanned:
Geographically her work has taken her to nearly every corner of the globe: Europe; Latin America; the Middle East; Africa; Asia and the Pacific.
Ruth Richardson the businesswoman has a developing private sector profile. In parallel with her work as a public policy consultant, Ruth has established a substantial private sector practice in corporate governance. Her directorships have involved her in a wide spectrum of business activity and the responsibilities she has shouldered on her Boards have contributed to her growing level of expertise in many aspects of corporate governance. Consistent with the trend to globalisation her Boards are not exclusively concentrated in New Zealand. Board work takes Ruth not just to New Zealand locations, but regularly to Australia, the Pacific, the U.S.A. and even Latin America.
Upon the birth of their daughter in 1983, Andrew resigned from his legal position to take care of their child (Ruth having been elected to the New Zealand Parliament in 1981). He also took up a part time lectureship in law at Lincoln University, where he taught law to commerce and farm management degree students as well as farm management diploma students. In 1990 he resigned from Lincoln University following Ruth's appointment as Minister of Finance.
During the 1980's Andrew also developed the family's small farm holding in Canterbury into a deer breeding and finishing unit. Since the establishment of Ruth Richardson [NZ] Ltd. in 1995 Andrew has been the manager responsible for the administration of the business.