Dr Jo Cribb

Jo Cribb
  • Category: EMPA Faculty
  • Job Title: Former CEO
  • Organisation: Ministry for Women
  • Country: New Zealand

Areas of expertise

  • Diversity
  • Gender
  • Governance
  • Social policy
  • Inclusive leadership
  • Community sector leadership
  • Public sector leadership

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Jo is a former Chief Executive of the Ministry for Women. One of the youngest Chief Executives ever appointed in the Aotearoa-New Zealand Public Service, she has invested her time and energy in advancing the causes 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. 

Formerly the Deputy Children’s Commissioner, and author of the Government’s Green Paper on Vulnerable Children, she has a Doctorate in Public Policy and works internationally on advancing development in the Pacific as a director of Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA). She was a finalist in the Aotearoa-New Zealand Women of Influence Awards.

She has a varied portfolio career which includes leading an NGO that works to improve literacy rates, directorships and consulting on policy, strategy and gender projects. Recent consulting assignments include facilitating sessions at the Women’s Forum at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London in April.

Career Highlights:

  • Former Chief Executive of the Ministry for Women, Aotearoa-New Zealand
  • Former Deputy Children’s Commissioner
  • Director of Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) advancing development in the Pacific
  • Finalist in the Aotearoa-New Zealand Women of Influence Awards
  • Extensive experience in consulting and advising to government agencies on strategy, leadership, policy and gender projects.
  • Active in senior executive education and coaching.
  • Recent engagements include facilitating sessions at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, 2018, working with the leadership team of the Aotearoa- New Zealand Defence Force to develop strategies to increase the gender diversity of the forces, and completing a gender analysis of immigration policy.
  • Board member of New Zealand Media Council, Royal New Zealand Navy Leadership Board and Institute of Public Administration of New Zealand (IPANZ)
  • 3 years of facilitating governance development for the Institute of Directors in Aotearoa- New Zealand.
  • Jo has taught in the MPSO for three years receiving excellent feedback, as well as delivering numerous guest lectures at the School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington.
  • Jo has been a project advisor for the MPSO for two years.

ANZSOG programs

Dr Jo Cribb teaches in the following ANZSOG courses:

  • Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA)
    - Managing Public Sector Organisations