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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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    Gerald Ross

    Chief Financial Officer

    Gerald joined Plunket in June 2007 after many years in private enterprise which had taken him to several parts of the globe including nearly three years in Seoul.

    Gerald’s role of Chief Financial Officer sees him responsible for leading Plunket’s finance, centralised accounting (the team that supports the volunteer treasurers), legal, business services and information communications technology teams.

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    Liz Barton

    Chief People 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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    Hera Black

    Chief Advisor Maori

    Hera joined Plunket in January 2015. She is a native speaker of te reo maori me ona tikanga. Her iwi affiliations include Ngai Tuhoe, Te Whanau Apanui, Tuwharetoa.

    Prior to joining Plunket Hera held positions in the Ministry of Education, Wananga mainstream and kura education settings. She has been a Lecturer at Te Wananga o Awanuiarangi and Te Wananga of Raukawa in Early Childhood, Graduate and Masters programmes. Her most recent management position was in the National Office of the Ministry of Education.

    Hera is completing a post doctoral degree at Te Awanuiarangi.

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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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    Carolyn Mettrick

    Acting Chief Marketing Officer

    Carolyn joined Plunket in October 2012 from the private sector, bringing with her a rich background in marketing and account management. 

    When asked what gets her out of bed in the morning, Carolyn says, "The real belief that I am able to make a difference through my work. That’s what it’s all about." 

    In her personal life, Carolyn loves to be social and spend time with her husband and son at their bach in Peka Peka.

    Carolyn is a member of the Institute of Direct Marketing, London. 

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    Roy Goldsmith

    Acting Chief Information Officer

    Roy joined Plunket in 2016 and brings significant experience of technology, telecommunications and supplier management across several industries in New Zealand and UK. This experience has been gained through working within several large organisations in technical, leadership and management roles.

    While loving his place of birth - Liverpool, England - Wellington is now home and Roy is proud to be able to say he lives here out of choice.  He loves the people, the family values and way of life that New Zealand offers.

    He is proud of working at Plunket and the opportunity it has given him to use his experience and skills to make a real difference to children and families in New Zealand. 

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