Our Board

The Board Members of the UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand for 2021-2022

Board Members

Tara Singh, President

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.

Suzanne McNabb, Immediate Past 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.

Riki Woods

Riki is an experienced financial accountant specialising in working with small and medium businesses and has 15 years experience working for accounting firms in Wellington including Associate Director at Deloitte Private and is now independently contracting as a VCFO.  In her spare time Riki mentors small startups and sole traders to help them understand the key financial and compliance skills essential to running a business.

Arron Peacock

Arron is an internationally experienced fundraiser who has worked for many years in International Development and specifically the cause of protecting children’s rights and well-being. He is currently Head of Fundraising, Marketing, and Communications at the Cancer Society. Previous roles include working at the United Nations in Geneva, as a global fundraising specialist for UNICEF, Head of Fundraising at ChildFund New Zealand, and Head of Direct Marketing at Oxfam New Zealand. His passion or obsession is donor experience with charities and how that is fundamental to fundraising and organisational success.

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.

Catherine van der Muelen

Catherine van der Meulen is the founder of Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose curated to support women across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific with education, empowerment and investment, enabling an entrepreneurial mindset and creating a positive impact. Catherine spent most of her life immersed in her family fashion business Supre before the business was sold and realised that it was time to be educated beyond the family learnings. Catherine spent the next 5 years studying whilst having children and working full time… not something that she would highly recommend. It was through her university studies and curiosity that she realised that there was a diverse approach to business where all stakeholders win, especially the environment. Catherine moved to New Zealand in 2019 with her children and now lives in regional NZ to ensure she can balance out her commitments as a mother, business woman and champion for change.

Our Team


Executive Officer – Operations

Madison Walker