Chelsea Leadbetter, CFA
Senior Equity Analyst
Forsyth Barr

Chelsea, is a CFA Society New Zealand board member, and received the title ‘Emerging Leader of the Year’, at the INFINZ awards, 22 May 2019.

What are some of your career highlights so far?
That is hard to narrow down, but one over-arching highlight reflecting back would be my development both personally and professionally over the past 10 years or so since joining Forsyth Barr straight out of university. The industry has provided a great learning environment and I feel fortunate to have access to a wide array of senior leaders across various businesses.

Most recently being named Emerging Leader of the Year at the 2019 INFINZ awards was definitely a clear highlight! Being recognised by your peers is a great feeling.

What do you like most about your job/industry?
It’s dynamic, fast paced, rewarding and challenging. You can wake up and think you’ve got a plan for the day and then it can completely go out the window. That is exciting and there’s always something more you can be doing or learning. The exposure to a wide range of businesses, people and the healthy debates also keeps every day interesting.

What are your interests outside work?
Playing sport, time with family and reading a good book! We are also nearing the end of a house build – so that has kept me busy.

Beyond my core role at Forsyth Barr, I also enjoy engaging with and helping to support/develop the next generation through presentations at universities and high schools and tutoring/mentoring various students. I find this particularly rewarding.

Make a prediction for 2024
Considerable advancement in healthcare, supported by new technology, innovation, and AI. NZ has a number of successful examples on a global stage today (F&P Healthcare the most obvious NZX-listed example) and I would expect to see further development over the next 5 years.


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