A Day in The Life: Beca's Andrea Rickard

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A Day in The Life: Beca's Andrea Rickard

Andrea Rickard is the general manager of transport and infrastructure at Beca. She shares how she gets through the day, how she organises her time and how she handles the madness of business.

Ask the crowd

In 2019, more so than ever before, consumers expect companies to take a stand when it comes to social issues. After all, this is the era of the activist businesses that make it their company's mission to create social change – from Nike's controversial Colin Kaepernick campaign, to Patagonia donating the US$10 million it saved from the Trump administration's tax cuts to environmental organisations. Closer to home, New Zealand CEOs are increasingly vocal about issues like mental health, poverty and climate change. We reached out to the bosses of Beca, Pead PR, DB Breweries, Kiwibank, Xero and Tech Futures Lab and asked what they'd be focusing on for this year, and why it has influenced their business' mission.

Island time

The people of Samoa will be celebrating their next Independence Day on a new purpose-built event space in front of the Government building in Apia, built by New Zealand firm Beca. The Event Space and Clock Tower Boulevard projects located in downtown Apia will provide a ceremonial space and a pedestrian connection currently missing in the central waterfront area in the tourism-focused country, and is being partially funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme. The aim of the projects is to improve connection and the use of the waterfront for locals and visiting tourists by providing venues for events, and recreational and cultural experiences.

Big business names like Sky founder and entrepreneur Craig Heatley, fashion designer Dame Trelise Cooper, 42 Below founder Geoff Ross and Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon are auctioning their time and business nous on Trade Me to benefit the ChildFund charity.