Our Board

The Board Members of the UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand for 2019-2020

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.

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.

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.

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 Jo Cribb

Jo is an experienced consultant who has lead a variety of projects in assignments. She is really asked to facilitate strategy sessions with leadership teams, coach emerging leaders and substantial policy, strategy and gender projects.  Recent assignments include facilitating sessions at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London April 2018, working with the leadership team of the New Zealand Defence Force to develop strategies to increase the gender diversity of the forces, and completing a gender analysis of immigration policy.

Jo was the previous Chief Executive of the Ministry of Woman. One of the youngest Chief Executives ever appointed in the New Zealand Public Service she has invested her time and energy in advancing the cause of the vulnerable in society, spearheading some of the most difficult issues of our time, including child abuse, child poverty, family violence and vulnerable woman.

Formerly the Deputy Children’s Commissioner and leader of the Commissioners Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty, Jo is a director on a number of government and NGO boards (including the New Zealand Media Council, Royal New Zealand Navy Leadership Board and Institute of Public Administration of New Zealand (IPANZ). She has a Doctorate in Public Policy that investigated the contracting relationship between governments and NGO’s.

Following her move to a portfolio career, Jo extensively researched the future of work and the result was the 2018 Co-authored book ‘Don’t Worry About the Robots: How to Survive and Thrive in the New World of Work’ which provides an accessible synthesis of the trends and technology that are impacting on work and practical tools for future-proofing careers. The book has been reprinted multiple times.

She has established effective working relationships with Ministers, Government agencies, NGO’s Maori organisations, iwi, Pacific communities and the business sector. She is increasingly building her international networks.

In 2016 she was a finalist in the New Zealand Woman of Influence Awards and in 2014 was one of three recipients of a Westpac Leadership Fellowship.

Dr Jackie Blue

Jackie has been an advocate for women’s human rights for almost 30 years. Following working as a General practitioner, Jackie trained as a breast physician and establish breast medicine as a sub speciality. Over that time, she was a strong advocate for lowering the age for women to be eligible to have a screening mammogram and the funding of 12 months of Herceptin for women. She picked up Herceptin issue when she became a parliamentarian in 2005 and was successful in ensuring that this became government policy in 2008. Over her time as a parliamentarian Jackie connected with diverse woman’s groups and became cheer of three cross party groups, all of which had a strong focus on woman’s human rights –  Domestic violence, sexual reproductive health and rights along with the lack of female representation in parliaments in New Zealand and in the Pacific. In 2010 Jackie drafted a members bill (Court Consent to Marriage of Minors) Amendment Bill which was passed into law in 2018 renamed as Minors (Court Consent to Relationships) Legislation Bill. The bill protected minors from being coerced into marriage.

In 2013 Jackie became a human rights commissioner leading the work in Equal Employment Opportunities, Women’s Rights and SOGISC (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Sex characteristics).

Over her time at the Human Rights Commission Jackie was the chair of Caring Counts Coalition (CCC 2013 to 2018). CCC comprised peak bodies, residential care providers, Age Concern, Grey Power, trade unions and the industry ITO. It was established following the Caring Counts Report and has evolved to be a multi-stakeholder advisory and advocacy group in Aged Care. Jackie was also a member of the WEPs Committee a UN Woman entity.

Jackie was also Co-Chair of Ethnic Migrants Woman’s Rights Alliance of Aotearoa (EMWRAA) with the Co-Chairs of the Commonwealth Woman Parliamentarians Group (2016-2018). EMWRAA Is a multi-stakeholder group that evolved over my time at the Commission and membership include Shakti, Female Genital Mutilation NZ, ethnic minority groups, NZ Prostitutes Collective, NZ Police, ACC and MBIE. The work programme that Jackie was involved with covered Human Trafficking, Female Genital Mutilation and the legislative changes needed, Dowry abuse and family violence. Many of the objectives of the group have been achieved.

in 2018 Jackie lead the Human Rights Commissions delegation for the examination of the government by CEDAW (Committee for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women) most recommendations that were submitted were picked up in the concluding observations (recommendations) significant advocacy resulted on her return to New Zealand.

In 2018 Jackie was the YWCA Equal Pay Champion and in June 2019 Jackie was awarded a New Zealand Honour, Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to women and the state.

After leaving the Human Rights Commission in November 2018, Jackie was appointed Deputy Chair New Zealand Blood.

Over 2019 Jackie completed a Diploma of Therapeutic and Sports Massage. She was the Co-investigator of a pilot at Lakes DHB be looking at the feasibility and acceptability of providing concurrent massage for outpatient chemotherapy patients. The pilot is the first of its type in mainstream public hospital. The pilot will pave the way for a better understanding of the role of massage therapy and other ‘integrative oncology’ evidence-based complementary therapies in cancer care in New Zealand. The pilot ran for three weeks in February 2020.

Joy Tracey

Joy is a director and business consultant specializing in business strategy and performance improvement. Her governance experience has been gained across a diverse background of manufacturing, Government, Local authority, commercial and NFP organisations. She is a Chartered member of the Institute of Directors and a Chartered Fellow of Governance NZ with a strong background in membership and NFP associations. She is a trustee of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and a mentor through the Rotary Club of Wellington on the Victoria University of Wellington Skilled Migrants program. She is a former chair of Woman on Board’s NZ.

Dr Barbara Bedeschi-Lewando

I am a policy adviser with over 10 year’s board level experience across sustainable development and resilience, human rights, gender and innovation. At board level, some highlights include Executive Member of the Nelson Council of Women, member of the United Nations Association of New Zealand and chair of Nelson Multicultural Council. Further, in an executive capacity, I am past Vice-President Issues of the New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Woman and was previously the Vice-President of United Nations Woman New Zealand. I have a certificate in Sustainable Governance end and Risk Management. I am also a member of the International Woman Caucus and the Woman’s Major Group. Latest contribution is to the Woman’s Major Group Position Paper, which will be presented at the upcoming 2020 High Level Political Forum.

Governance Profile

  • Governance experience with woman’s member organisations, community consultations and private sector
  • Significant expertise in policy research and analysis, preparation of evidence based advice to governments, and broad awareness of government priorities and policies
  • In-depth understanding of human rights and gender issues
  • Knowledge of government contracting and funding arrangements
  • Experience building and managing relationships with government, business, community sectors with national and international stakeholders
  • Extensive advocacy and lobbying experience and working networks with community organisations
  • Working experience of international policy and conventions such as Committee on the Status of Woman, Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights, Sustainable Development Goals and knowledge of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.