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. 

Acting Chief Executive 

Margaret Retter is the acting Chief Executive while a recruitment process is carried out for a new Chief Exectuive. Margaret is an experienced policy and public sector manager who has previously worked for the Families Commission, the Department of Internal Affairs, and National Archives. Margaret leads policy work across the Ministry's outcome areas.