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.

Steering Committee

Anita Edwards, Chair, Ministry of Justice – Tāhū o te Ture

Karyn ThompsonDeputy 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 team

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.

The GWN team consists of four full-time staff located in Wellington, and part-time coordinators for Auckland GWN and Southern GWN:

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