Diversity Works New Zealand appoints new chief executive

The Diversity Works New Zealand board of trustees has appointed Maretha Smit as the organisation’s new chief executive.

A media release from Diversity Works says she has held a number of senior leadership roles in her native South Africa and New Zealand, “including as chief executive of a large member organisation where she effected significant transformational change across an entire sector”.

 She has a strong background and appreciation of the challenges in diversity and inclusion and has held a senior leadership role in an organisation serving the blind and low vision community as well as delivering programmes within the education and industry training sectors.  

 “As a small organisation, it is great to have attracted a candidate with such a broad range of skills,” says Diversity Works New Zealand board chair Susan Doughty.

“Maretha has senior operational and people leadership experience, extensive funding and stakeholder management experience and a core expertise in customer centricity. She believes in partnering and collaboration to achieve additional reach.”

Diversity Works New Zealand is the national body for workplace diversity and inclusion, providing training, education, networks and resources to organisations committed to fostering an inclusive workplace culture.

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