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Use your track record of leading innovation, entrepreneurial thinking and turning those challenges into opportunity.

  • Sector lead
  • Critically supporting a vision that resonates with all New Zealanders
  • National responsibility

We are an island nation with some of the most magnificent waterways in the world. Our ocean, coasts, beaches, lakes and rivers help define us and reflect the people we have become. Water is life and in New Zealand, it’s our way of life. Experiences in, on or around the water are part of what we do and what makes us Kiwi. But sadly, preventable drownings and non-fatal incidents are all too common.

Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) are the leadership body which advocates for, represents and supports the water safety sector to reduce the drowning toll and water related injury in New Zealand. WSNZ educate for the wellbeing of all New Zealanders.

As a proven Chief Executive, or General Manager of a large and complex entity, you will ideally have a background in the not-for-profit/NGO sector with a good understanding of how it operates. As critical, is a value set that shows you are genuinely interested and have an appreciation of the water safety sector and wanting to take a lead in making a difference to lowering the drowning toll.

While there are obvious challenges at present, there are also substantial opportunities. As a result, you will have a track record in leading innovation, entrepreneurial thinking and turning those challenges into opportunity. This is an organisation that has strong vision and strategy and one that very much believes in measurable and tangible outcomes are delivered from strategic initiatives.

A number of key areas for further development include:

  • Drive, grow and develop the data and insights function for the sector to not only consolidate the data for the sector but also to provide strategic insights to help the organisation and sector meet its strategic goals.
  • Leverage a particularly strong reputation across government, further enhancing key relationships in order to enhance the reputation of a sector that is passionate about its vision.

In order to deliver to those initiatives, you will:

  • Be an inspirational, connected and transparent leader… and pragmatic.
  • Show evidence of successfully leading an organisation to greater heights.
  • Understand the “machinery of government,” how to maximise the relationships and gain support and outcomes through such.
  • Have ideally, had overall responsibility, or strong involvement with, the development of data and insights and the outcomes that can be achieved from this.
  • Have an affinity with Māori interests and aspirations and a proven ability to work with organisations that focus on better outcomes for Māori.

We are fortunate to be partners in the process to source the Chief Executive for this outstanding organisation and its staff, where you will be supported by a genuinely engaged, empathetic and clear-sighted Board.

Please email your CV to or quoting reference no. 3167452.

For further information in strictest confidence, please contact: Graeme Sandri on 029 248 8502 or Tony Walsh on 029 271 1101.

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