Executive Director Rebecca Elvy will be leaving the Human Rights Commission after nearly 3 years in this position.
She will join Tregaskis Brown in Wellington as a consulting partner in March.
“His leadership and sharp intelligence will be sorely missed. In many ways, Ms. Elvy has helped reset the Commission. We are very fortunate to have benefited from his skills and experience and we wish him the best, ”said Paul Hunt, Chief Human Rights Commissioner.
Ms Elvy said she was incredibly proud of what had been accomplished during her tenure, particularly her oversight of the Commission’s human rights response to Covid-19, the overhaul of the human rights complaints and investigation process, creating a positive organizational culture, working with tangata whenua to become a Tiriti based organization and implement a strong program management framework to align strategic advocacy with the needs of New Zealanders.
“I loved the opportunity to work with an incredibly talented, passionate and dedicated team who work tirelessly to support our mahi to make Aotearoa New Zealand a place where everyone enjoys a life of dignity,” said Rebecca Elvy, Executive Director.
“Having overseen several organizational projects that have transformed the culture and general services of the Commission, I believe the time has come to devote my energy to a new role. “
The Commission is now considering the possibility of co-leadership, in line with its commitment to become a Tiriti-based organization.
“We have a compelling opportunity to explore the possibility of co-CEOs,” said Chief Commissioner Hunt.
“We intend to explore the literature and case studies on how co-leadership has worked in a range of contexts. We will discuss within government and beyond. Ms. Elvy will also help with this process until it ends in early March. “
The Commission will appoint an Acting Director General while the broad exploratory process of co-leadership is underway. One – or two – permanent appointments are expected around October 2022.
Ms Elvy joined the Commission in August 2019 after more than four years as Managing Director of Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision.
She has extensive experience in central government agencies, including the Ministry of Education, the Civil Service Commission and the Treasury.