In his role as Deputy Chief Executive Transformation, Duncan is responsible for the on-going transformation of Plunket into a future-focused organisation that can deliver on its strategic goals, and that will make good on the Board’s commitment for Plunket to be a pro-equity organisation with a focus on providing better outcomes for Māori tamariki. He is directly responsible for leading Plunket’s ambitious transformation programme, as well as organisational capability, Kaiārahi Māori, Māori Strategic Programmes, Policy & Advocacy.
Duncan joined Plunket in October 2017 as Chief Commercial Officer. In his first two years, Duncan led a number of programmes and other initiatives that have supported the modernisation of Plunket. These included transitioning Plunket from a group of 18 areas societies into a single national charitable trust, and implementation of a long term financial sustainability strategy that is securing the future of Plunket for generations to come. As Chief Commercial Officer, Duncan was responsible for setting-up and leading Plunket’s new commercial team, comprising of finance, property, fleet management, procurement, fundraising, sponsorship, branding and risk. Duncan was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive in September 2019.
Duncan is a chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience of working in finance and organisational change leadership roles in both New Zealand and the UK. Prior to joining Plunket, he was an Executive Director at PwC Management Consulting, from where he brings a breadth of financial and commercial expertise and experience.
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. He is excited by the opportunities to continue to contribute to Plunket’s continuing success, and he is committed organisation’s objectives and its strategic direction. Originally from England, Duncan moved to Wellington in 2004. He has two young kiwi children who were both Plunket babies and is planning to stay in NZ to raise his children.