Renee Graham

Chief Executive, Secretary for Women

Renee has been Chief Executive of the Ministry for Women since June 2017. During Renee’s tenure as Chief Executive, the Ministry has successfully gained ministerial agreement for an increased 50 percent target for women on public sector boards and an action plan to eliminate the gender pay gap in the core public service. A key focus of the Ministry’s work programme is to improve outcomes for wāhine Māori.

Renee contributes to a number of public sector-wide steering groups and committees, including the Papa Pounamu board for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Women in Public Sector Summit organising committee.

Prior to this appointment, Renee was a Policy Director at the Ministry of Education. Renee has a strong background in leading complex strategic policy development in both the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social Development.

As well as her policy expertise, Renee also has experience in operational roles in Work and Income, before moving into project and management positions after starting her career as a frontline case manager. Renee is a skilled public service senior leader with a track record of successfully leading the development of solutions to complex policy issues.

Renee is of Ngāti Toa and Ngāti Raukawa descent.