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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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    Ian Craigie

    Chief Technology and Innovation Officer

    Ian joined Plunket in 2017 and brings a broad mix of experience across technology, projects, Government, NGOs and Local Authorities. Contracting for the last 6 years he has lots of experience going to new organisations, understanding business problems and then applying an appropriate response to the problem.

    Ian puts his customers at the centre of his practice and is particularly interested in meaningful and interesting work. With this in mind he made a very deliberate career choice in joining Plunket to ensure that what he did every day made a difference. He is excited about the direction that Plunket is heading and the opportunity to make IT what it should be.

    A new New Zealander having only been here seven years, Ian is now a proud Wellingtonian living here with his family. 

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    Duncan Scott

    Chief Commercial Officer (Acting)

    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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