Written on 8 September 2017 by Peter Hughes

Celebrating women of influence

The Women of Influence Awards were presented last night and I was really pleased to see a strong field of very worthy nominees and winners from central government.

These awards are an opportunity to recognise some of the women doing great things in the Public Service. This is something I am really passionate about. Part of demonstrating a Spirit of Service is understanding, anticipating and meeting the needs of all members of our society and the many communities that make it up. To truly be able to do that, we need a Public Service that reflects the communities we serve.

We are steadily increasing the number of women in senior leadership roles in the Public Service. Twelve out of the twenty nine Public Service Chief Executive roles are currently held by women, this is the highest proportion there has ever been. In addition to that, around forty five percent of all Public Service senior leadership roles are now held by women, projected to rise to half by 2021.

This is fantastic to see, but there is still a lot to do. A major focus at the moment is on the senior leadership of the Public Service. That's why I'm so pleased to see so many strong and successful woman leaders being recognised in last night's awards:

Public Policy

Winner - Rebecca Kitteridge - Director-General of Security, New Zealand Security Intelligence Service

Dorothy Adams - Chief Executive, Social Investment Agency

Liz MacPherson - Government Statistician, Stats NZ


Berlinda ​Chin - Strategy Specialist, Ethnic Communities, State Services Commission

Board and Management

Connie Norgate - Operations Manager, Department of Conservation

Arts and Culture:

Stefanie Lash - He Tohu - Lead Curator, Archives New Zealand

Congratulations to the winners and to all the Women of Influence. With the sort of calibre and leadership talent on display last night, we're on the right track.

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