Our Board

The Board Members of the UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand for 2020-2021

Board Executive

Suzanne McNabb, President

Suzanne has been actively involved in women’s issues and gender equality over many years.  She has been co-convenor of the NZ Council of Trade Unions (CTU) Women’s Council; organised and chaired several Biennial Women’s Conferences; represented the CTU on NACEW (National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women) which reports to the Minister for Women for seven years; and been Convenor of the Pay Equity Coalition.  Suzanne has completed three terms as a Board member of UN Women NCANZ.

Loretta Daunakamakama, Vice-President

Loretta is an experienced public service leader in policy, people and strategic roles across different sectors in Auckland and Wellington.  As a woman of Pacific heritage, Loretta uses her skill sets and expertise to support and encourage women regardless of class, status, ethnic make-up or abilities. Loretta is a graduate scholar of the University of Auckland with a First Class Honours Masters in Geography and a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Geography.

Tara Singh

Tara’s philanthropic work and leadership has positioned her as a public advocate for women and girl child issues, clean energy/sustainability in business and environmental conservation, and animal welfare and rights. As a repeat delegate to the White House and United Nations, the essence of Tara’s professional life’s mission is to support women and youth and to empower our next generation of global leaders. Working with the support of the United Nations, Tara is a regular forum and session participant, serving on working groups and committees including the UN’s Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development’s (IANYD) Youth and Gender Equality and UN Women’s Business and Philanthropy Leaders’ Forum.  Tara is our Auckland representative.

Board Members

Zoe Ogilvie

Zoe is a communications and engagement specialist who’s passionate about enabling communities to make well-informed decisions about the things they care about. She has experience in marketing, communications, engagement,  and organisational psychology and has worked in central and local government roles leading strategic communications. She is also a committee member of Whaitua Te Whanganui-a-Tara and the Ministry for Primary Industries Women’s Network Committee. This is her second Board role as she is still an independant board member of Alex Moore Park Sport and Community Inc. She lives in Wellington with her husband and son.

Kaarin Gaukrodger

Kaarin is an experienced senior leader who is active in coaching and supporting females in business.  She is passionate about equality for women and championing increased opportunities to see equal gender representation on key political and economic platforms.  Through her current employment, Kaarin sits on the Civil Trades Board and is a key driver of the Ultimit – Women in Infrastructure initiative, that promotes more females into trade and technical roles in Infrastructure.  Kaarin holds an MBA with distinction and Bachelor of Management Studies with honours from the University of Waikato.

Anna Cameron

Anna is Executive Director of Auckland Theatre Company and has worked in leadership and management positions across a variety of arts and creative industry senior roles at Auckland Council, New Zealand International Arts Festival, British Council, City Gallery Wellington and Playmarket. Anna’s key strengths are people and culture development, strategic planning and relationship management. Through collaboration and mentoring, Anna is committed to enabling the next generation of creative thinkers.

Dr Jackie Blue

Dr Jackie is a former medical practitioner who pioneered the role of Breast Physicians in the late 1990’s. In 2005, she was elected as a List Member of Parliament and was in this role until June 2013 when she joined the Human Rights Commission.

Throughout her time in Parliament, Jackie was a member of the Health Select Committee and three other cross-party committees, all of which had a strong focus on human rights.

Over her five-year term at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission, Jackie held the portfolios of Equal Employment Opportunities, Women’s Rights and LGBTI. On completing her term at the Human Rights Commission late 2018, Jackie was appointed to the New Zealand Blood Service as Deputy Chair.

Joy Tracey

CA, MBA (Dist), CMInstD, FGNZ

Joy is a director and business consultant specialising in business strategy and performance improvement. As a l chartered accountant she has worked for, and with, not-for-profit Crown entities, primary sector organisations, commercial manufacturing and service industries.

She is a Chartered member of the Institute of Directors and a Chartered Fellow of Governance NZ and has held director roles across Crown, private and NFP sectors.  Her community governance roles have spanned 30 years in the arts, music, health and membership organisations, including being the previous Chair of Women on Board’s New Zealand.

She is a Director and Chair of RAIC for Accuro Health Insurance, a Board Member of Governance NZ and a Trustee of Wellington Rotary Charitable Trust. She is the Acting Chair of the NZ Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, and the national organiser for the Sir Paul Gallagher Eureka youth STEM awards.  She is also on the Board of the NZ Association of Registered Hairdressers and UN Women of Aotearoa, and mentor for VUW skilled migrants programme.