Norah Barlow joins Vigil Board

Recognised leader of the aged care and independent living sector, Norah Barlow will join the board of Vigil Monitoring as an independent director from 31 July 2014.

Norah brings a wealth of experience to the board – from building her own accounting business to the successful IPO of Summerset Group. She has shown both leadership and business acumen along with a willingness to directly address issues for people living in retirement villages.

“Having Norah join our board is exciting for Vigil. We’re delighted to have the combination of compassion and business savvy that Norah has demonstrated throughout her career”, says Keith Oliver, Vigil Chairman.

“Norah has shown a total commitment and leadership to supporting people who choose to live independently in their retirement years. This fits perfectly with our vision. Vigil technology will not only help those who need extra support, but also their families and the network of professional carers they have around them. It is this combination that I think attracted Norah to the role.” says Alan Brannigan, Vigil CEO.

As the first woman director on the Vigil board, Norah will also bring her broad leadership and advocacy skills across finance, female leadership in business and aged care.

Norah says, “I love the audacity of Vigil’s goal – helping the world to better health. But even more I love that everything they do is focused on the broader community as the key to overall well-being.” “It is exciting to join this company as they work toward bringing their first range of products to market and build relationships across the health, community and aged care sectors using technology as an enabler”.


In the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours list, Norah was made an officer of the NZ Order of Merit. She is also a member of Global Women NZ as well as a member of the National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs.

She is the immediate past president of the Retirement Village Association and chaired the committee, which developed the 2008 Code of Practice for retirement villages in New Zealand. Last year she was named Wellingtonian of the Year (business).

Having retired from Summerset Group as CEO and Managing Director, Norah still remains a director on their board. Valued for her financial acumen she is also a director of retirement specialist Ingenia Communities, on the board of Cooks Global Foods, is a director of Cigna Life Insurance and is also on the board of Netball Central Zone.