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Leadership team

Plunket’s leadership team is made up of seven Executive Leadership Team (ELT) members.

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    Amanda Malu

    Chief Executive

    In September 2016 Amanda was confirmed as Chief Executive of Plunket, following six months as Acting Chief Executive.

    Amanda joined Plunket in 2014 as the Chief Marketing Officer and brings a wide range of senior leadership experience to the organisation.

    Working across government and education institutions Amanda has led significant marketing and behaviour change campaigns, including the highly successful ‘It’s not Ok’ campaign against family violence while at the Families Commission. Most recently she has held senior management roles within the science and tertiary education sectors.

    Amanda is passionate about the opportunity that Plunket has to make a real difference in the lives of all children and their families and through her leadership, aims to ensure every family is able to access Plunket support when they need it most.

    Of Ngai Tahu descent, Amanda grew up in Christchurch and she has lived in Wellington for the past 18 years.

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    Liz Barton

    Chief People and Transformation Officer

    Liz is originally from the UK, but having made the journey to New Zealand back in 2000, now considers herself an honorary Kiwi.

    In the UK her career developed from generalist HR roles, into more specialist Organisation Development management roles, predominantly within the UK's retail sector. She moved originally to Christchurch where she worked in a number of roles including GM HR of a contracting company, and as partner in a consulting firm where her clients were many and varied, and included both the Health and Education sectors.

    Since joining Plunket after a move to Wellington, Liz has worked with her team to develop some unique and innovative frameworks and work programmes across the broad range of Organisation and People capability development.

    Liz is passionate about harnessing the capability of organisations towards a common set of goals and values.

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    Lois Van Waardenberg

    Chief Operating Officer

    In May 2016 Lois was appointed Plunket’s Chief Operating Officer.

    Lois joined Plunket in August 2015 as its Chief Information Officer and brings a wealth of IT and business experience from a career that spans consulting, start-up businesses and large corporate organisations. 

    She is experienced at both business management and delivering business strategy and transformation through IT enablement, and comes with a customer and innovation focus. Having worked in the UK and Australia, she is now settled back in New Zealand, and most recently was Head of Business Information and Technology Services at Z Energy.

    Lois has Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Music (Performance) degrees from the University of Auckland.

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    Richard Ashworth

    Chief Technology and Innovation Officer

    Richard joined Plunket in October 2016 as Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, bringing a wealth of experience in IT to the role, with a strong focus on outcomes.

    Richard has experience in building effective IT teams, delivering great digital initiatives, working with business stakeholders to help fix issues and seize opportunities, and building a strategic vision for IT.

    At the Commerce Commission, he was responsible for bringing structure to the IT processes and governance and providing a strong strategic direction for IT. Prior to that at ACC he was responsible for Business Intelligence, for establishing a PMO, and for establishing and running the business partnership model between IT and the rest of ACC. He also had a lead role on the privacy breach response taskforce and was acting CIO there for 4 months.

    Richard wants to contribute to New Zealand Society and believes strongly in the ability of Plunket to make the difference of a lifetime. He believes Plunket has a massive opportunity to help all New Zealand children and their whānau, and is honoured to be part of such an iconic organisation.

    Born in the UK, Richard has lived in Wellington for most of his life and is a lifelong Wellington Lions supporter. Married with 2 adult children, Richard enjoys pottery, classic cars, music and travel.

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    Duncan Scott

    Chief Commercial Officer

    Duncan was appointed Acting Chief Commercial Officer in March 2017. Prior to this, he worked closely with Plunket to help shape the new Leadership Team and to develop the blueprint for Plunket’s future support services and strategic capability.

    Duncan is a chartered accountant with 20 years’ experience of working in finance and organisational change leadership roles in both New Zealand and the UK.  As an Executive Director at PwC Management Consulting, he brings a breadth of financial and commercial expertise to the role. He also has a wide range of experience in leading organisations through transformational change, most recently with the Ministry of Health.

    Duncan is passionate believer in the importance of providing every New Zealand child with the best possible start in life, and with the opportunities to make the most of their talents and interests.  This is reflected in his past roles, including two years at the Ministry for Education, and he is the Chair of the Board of Trustees at his children’s school.  This is why he is excited by the opportunity to contribute to Plunket continuing success:  he is a strong believer in the organisation’s objectives and its strategic direction. He feels privileged to work at Plunket, an organisation where he can help to make a real difference in the lives of NZ families.

    Originally from England, Duncan moved to Wellington in 2004. He has two young kiwi children who have both been through Plunket and is planning to stay in NZ to raise his children.

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