Kia ora koutou,
As some of you may be aware, I am pregnant and will be going on parental leave in May, and will return to the office in January. It’s been an eventful nine years for me with RespectEd, starting as a Coordinator overseen jointly by Wellington Rape Crisis, Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP Foundation and WellStop, growing the work and then setting up RespectEd as its own standalone organisation with a dynamic and ever-growing team. I’m looking forward to a change of pace for a while, but am excited to come back early next year.
In the meantime, I am pleased to announce the Acting CEO, Claire Lyons, who will be overseeing RespectEd Aotearoa mahi while I am away.
Claire is a policy and program expert specialising in anti-violence social policy in socio-political environments. For 10 years, Claire has fostered and led teams and organisations with a people-centred focus while upholding collective values in non-profit and political roles. As an organisational leader, she is committed to working in various spaces that seek to bridge and share knowledge and innovation to address and heal systemic and intergenerational social issues.
Most recently, Claire has spent four years in political-ministerial roles within the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand, which has set the direction for a government joint venture and a 25-year national strategy for eliminating both domestic violence and sexual violence. She also volunteers her time to a Pasifika network of sexual violence practitioners.
My last day at work will be 13 May and Claire will be taking over from 16 May.
I know Claire is the right person to lead RespectEd through the rest of 2022, and I’m excited to see what we will achieve as an organisation in her capable hands, and with the support of our skilled board and team. I’ll be keeping up-to-date while I’m away, and look forward to connecting and working with you again in 2023.
Mā te wā
Chief Executive Officer