Our people

The Ministry’s capability derives from the quality of its direction and strategy, leadership, knowledge and skills, relationships, and its systems and processes.

The Ministry’s leadership team, led by the Chief Executive, is committed to achieving the Ministry’s vision of better outcomes for women. The Ministry’s staff have in-depth private and public sector experience, specialist knowledge and strong links with a wide range of external stakeholders.  This knowledge, experience, and contacts assists staff to develop the best policy advice and implement outcomes which provide better results for New Zealanders. 

Chief Executive

Renee Graham has been appointed Chief Executive of the Ministry for Women. She was previously Policy Director at the Ministry of Education. Ms Graham has a strong background in leading complex strategic policy development in both the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social Development.

As well as her policy expertise, Ms Graham also has experience in operational roles in Work and Income, before moving into project and management positions after starting her career as a frontline case manager. Ms Graham is a skilled public service senior leader with a track record of successfully leading the development of solutions to complex policy issues.

Ms Graham has been appointed for a three-year term commencing on 19 June 2017. Ms Graham is of Ngāti Toa and Ngāti Raukawa descent.