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Jo Cribb


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 has been 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 working with leaders in New Zealand and internationally to achieve their diversity goals.

Jo believes good governance is the anchor for our organisations across all sectors.  Good governance is the work of a diverse team of directors working to add value to the organisation's kaupapa, and so adding value to communities.

Jo has perfected distilling her own gin and is completing her advanced qualifications in wine.  When not studying obscure Greek grape varieties, she can be found with her nose in a historical novel or trying her hand at adventure races.