Jo has had a long career working on some of the toughest issues facing New Zealand – child poverty, violence against women and entrenched unemployment. She was a senior public servant, leading the Office of the Children’s Commission and most recently as chief executive of the Ministry for Women. She is an experienced NGO governor with roles including Royal New Zealand Navy, IHC, VSA, Literacy Aotearoa and was chair of Scots College. Jo recently published research into the governance capability of social sector NGOs. Her current portfolio includes leading an NGO focused on improving literacy rates and running her consulting business where she works with leaders in New Zealand and internationally to achieve their diversity goals.