Sponsor and champions
Naomi Ferguson, GWN Sponsor, Commissioner and Chief Executive, Inland Revenue
Naomi Ferguson and Peter Mersi are Chief Executive co-leads for Papa Pounamu which sets the diversity and inclusion work programme for the wider public service.
GWN also receives valuable support from CEs and senior leaders as a leadership group and individually through their agencies.
Anita Edwards, Chair, Ministry of Justice – Tāhū o te Ture
Karyn Thompson, Deputy Chair, New Zealand Defence Force – Te Tauaarangi o Aotearoa
Tofilau Iris Webster, Te Kawa Mataaho – Public Service Commission
Lu Avia, Ministry of Health – Manatū Hauora
Melanie Smith, Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga – Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
Monique Esplin, Crown Law – Te Tari Ture o te Karauna
Juliette Hayes, Education Review Office – Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga
Briar Wyatt, Ministry for the Environment – Manatū Mō Te Taiao
Sio Kihe La’a Talakai-Alatini, Ministry of Pacific People – Te Manatū mō iwi ō te Moana-nui-ā-Kiwa
Dr Jacqui Matthews, Te Puni Kōkiri – Ministry of Māori Development
Dr Fathima Iftikar, Ministry for the Environment – Manatū Mō Te Taiao
Heather Guthrie, Ministry of Primary Industries – Manatū Ahu Matua
Dr Anna Milne-Tavendale, Manatū Wāhine – Ministry for Women
Laura Olsen, New Zealand Police – Nga Pirihimana o Aotearoa
Nicola Johns, New Zealand Police – Nga Pirihimana o Aotearoa
The GWN Steering Committee also includes the Chairs of the regional networks, Sarah Leo Anderson – Te Aka Wāhine o Tāmaki Auckland GWN and Jennifer Leahy – Te Aka Wāhine o Te Waipounamu Southern GWN.
GWN's small team works to support women's networks in the wider public sector. The GWN Programme Office team provides secretariat support to the Steering Committee and delivers a programme of activities to support the vision.
Carin Sundstedt, Programme Director
Tai Hartley-Parsons, Senior Advisor
Virginia Fordham, Auckland GWN Coordinator
Tammy Andrew, Southern GWN Coordinator
Arpita Das, Advisor
Alana Fasavalu, Advisor