Sponsor and champions

Naomi Ferguson, GWN Sponsor, Commissioner and Chief Executive, Inland Revenue

Naomi Ferguson and Gabs Makhlouf are Chief Executive co-leads for Papa Pounamu, a steering group of twelve public sector CEs who are driving a collaborative programme of diversity and inclusion across the public service.

GWN also receives valuable support from CEs and senior leaders as a leadership group and individually through their agencies.

Governance Group

Tina Wakefield, Chair, Deputy Secretary ICT/CIO, Ministry of Justice

Anouk Alexander, General Manager Strategy, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

Loveday Kempthorne, Senior Strategy and Relationship Advisor, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment / Hīkina Whakatutuki

Alison Lewes, Manager, Strategy Implementation & Performance, Ministry for Primary Industries – Manatū Ahu Matua

Adrienne Meikle, Chief Executive, Commerce Commission

Rebecca Rolls, General Manager, Investigations, Serious Fraud Office

Anne Marie Taggart, Group Manager Service Development, New Zealand Customs Service

Steering Committee

In April 2019, a new Steering Committee was formed which will replace the Governance Group from 1 July, 2019. 

GWN team

GWN's small team works to support women's networks in the wider public sector. The GWN team consists of three full-time staff located in Wellington: a Programme Director, an Engagement and Secretariat Advisor and a Senior Communications Advisor, and a part-time coordinator for AGWN.

The GWN team provides secretariat support to the Governance Group and delivers a programme of activities to support the vision.