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Experienced Chief Executive, board director, strategist, gender and policy expert.


Jo Cribb has a varied portfolio that includes working as a consultant facilitating strategy sessions with leadership teams, coaching emerging leaders and leading substantial policy, strategy and gender projects.

Current work
Jo is currently on the Royal New Zealand Navy Board as an independent member, where she works with the Navy executive leadership team to develop strategies to increase the gender diversity of the forces. Jo is on the board of the Literacy Aotearoa, the largest provider of adult literacy education in the country; New Zealand Media Council, which provides the public with an independent forum for resolving complaints involving newspapers, magazines, their websites and other digital media; and the Wellington Women’s Homeless Trust which provides safe accommodation for homeless women. Jo is also the Chair of the Institute of Public Administration of New Zealand (IPANZ) which works to promote and help develop an innovative public sector by providing independent thought leadership and training.

Previous experience
Jo was the previous the Chief Executive of the Ministry for Women and the Deputy Children's Commissioner. One of the youngest Chief Executives ever appointed in the New Zealand Public Service, she has invested her time and energy in advancing the cause of the vulnerable in society, spearheading some of the most difficult issues of our time, including child abuse, child poverty, family violence and vulnerable women.

Career Highlights include:
• Chief Executive, Ministry for Women (2012-2016)
• Women of Influence Finalist (2016)
• Leading the Expert Advisory Group on Child Poverty (2012).
• Deputy Children’s Commissioner (2011-2012)
• Doctorate of Public Policy, Victoria University of Wellington (2002-2005)
• Diploma of Management Studies, University of Cambridge, UK (1997-1998)

Jo is regularly invited to deliver keynotes on gender equality, women and leadership and the future of work. Her interest in the future of work stems from her experience of moving from a 'traditional' executive career to a portfolio one. Her research has resulted in the co-authored book 'Don't Worry About the Robots: How to Survive and Thrive in the New World of Work'.

As a speaker, Jo is humorous and relatable, she delivers engaging content which is challenge your audience and leave everyone feeling more informed and ready to take action!

Chorus were fortunate to have Dr Jo Cribb speak at our Leadership Conference in August 2018. Jo spoke to a group of 180 senior leaders about the changing world of work, the impact of technology and what that may mean for workplaces and individuals in the future. Jo’s style is relaxed, humorous and knowledgeable - she is able to deliver facts and data, sometimes sobering ones, in an engaging and relatable way. We were left informed, challenged, but also with the ability to act following Jo’s presentation. Chorus

Jo Cribb presented at the PMI Wellington Branch’s member event in October 2018. The subject was “what’s all the fuss about governance?” and her presentation was engaging and well-researched. Jo spoke at length about the structure and need for boards, and advised on how to work towards joining a board. Jo’s presentation was very well-received by our members


Jo was an incredibly engaging and knowledgeable speaker, who engaged with the audience and built a rapport right from the start.

Human Resources Institute of New Zealand
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