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The National Executive

October 2016 – October 2018

Bernadette Devonport, President

Bernadette Devonport Now retired, Bernadette spent most of her working career in the education sector, as a teacher and principal. Her teaching subjects reflect her interests, ranging from the sciences (biology and mathematics) to commerce (accounting and economics) and beyond, while her years as principal gave her the opportunity in management and governance to help improve the secondary education of girls.

Bernadette retired early to pursue her academic interest in another field, history, furthering her knowledge of women in New Zealand society by looking at the involvement of women in the accounting profession. The mission of Graduate Women International, and hence Graduate Women New Zealand, is therefore a continuation of Bernadette’s commitment to women in education.


Ann Pomeroy, Immediate Past President

Although living in Wellington, Ann (a rural geographer and agricultural sociologist), is a senior research fellow with the Centre for Sustainability at Otago University in Dunedin. She formerly worked for central government as a researcher, policy analyst and operations manager, and has represented New Zealand at several international forums including the OECD and UNESCO.

Ann has been actively involved with GWNZ since joining in 1976. She was Public Affairs Convener and co-Vice-President of the 2003-2006 National Executive, Wellington Branch President 2009-2011, then National President and Charitable Trust Chair 2012-16. She is currently GWNZ representative on National Council of Women NZ, and a member of the Resolutions Committee for GWI.


Hannah Macris, Secretary

Hannah Macris Hannah has an LLB, BA (Hons) from the University of Otago and a Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of St Andrews. She has led field research in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and India into the legal and policy protection mechanisms for women and children in post-conflict states.

Hannah has experience in private advisory work and public policy development, and is currently working as a senior policy analyst for the Ministry for Women. Her time in central government has included attendance at meetings of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and the APEC Women and Economy Forum.


 Margaret Ellett, Treasurer

Margaret Ellett Margaret Ellett BSc (Mathematics – Victoria), BComm (Accounting – Auckland), Dip Teaching (Secondary), MNZM

Margaret joined the North Shore Branch in 1987 and is the Academic Dress Convenor. She has served on the National Executive as Secretary/Treasurer of the NZFGW Fellowship Trust Fund (1997-2000) and the Treasurer of NZFGW (2006-2009). She is an honoured member of the North Shore Branch and a Member Emerita.

She is a member of Zonta North Shore Auckland, Treasurer of NCW Auckland, Chair of Northbridge Lifecare Trust and a trustee of talklink trust. Margaret has been a Trustee of New Horizons for Women Trust and served as Chair (2002-2005).


Pat Sivertsen, Treasurer,  GWNZ Charitable Trust

Pat brings a wide range of business skills to her role as Charitable Trust Treasurer. She headed an Inbound Tourism Business for over twenty years and has a Law Degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Tourism both of which she completed as a mature student.

Pat supports GWNZ as a way of “paying it forward”. “I’m grateful for my education which has given me opportunities that I never imagined when I chose to leave school at 16”. Pat is an active supporter of community projects in her community of Karitane. Winters are spent in Queenstown where she is part of a volunteer Ambassador team on Coronet Peak Ski Field.


 Sita Venkateswar, Convenor International Relationships (CIR)

Sita Venkateswar is a socio-cultural anthropologist whose research documents the ways academic practices can be responsive to social inequities and she incorporates critical feminist scholar-activist research methodologies, designated as Public Anthropology, informed by feminist and postcolonial theories. Her current research explores multi-species approaches to food resilience that focuses on millet cultivation in India and community supported agriculture initiatives in New Zealand.



Vivienne Bryner, Charitable Trust Secretary & Awards Convenor

Vivienne joined the NZFGW Otago Branch shortly after moving to Dunedin from Melbourne, via Shanghai in 2010. She was co-opted onto the 2009-2012 National Executive a few months later, first replacing Jean Fleming as Membership Convenor, then moving into the Publicity and Publications role. She is now in her third term on the National Executive, and in early 2016 has taken up the role of Charitable Trust Awards Convenor.

A graduate of the University of Auckland with a BSc and MSc in Geology, Vivienne worked in the minerals industry until 2009. A change in focus saw her at the University of Otago studying for a PhD in the Centre for Science Communication and Geology Department. Her thesis explores the communication of the sciences of disaster risk reduction.


Pip Jamieson, Public Affairs Convenor (PAC)

 Pip Jamieson 2 Pip joined Graduate Women New Zealand in 2016 and at the start of 2017 stepped up to become the PAC Convenor. She works as the Regional Development Relationship Manager, (MBIE) and has held other roles with INZ, the Nelson Regional Economic Development Agency, and Nelson Tasman Business Trust and is a Business Mentor (BMNZ).  Pip has been on a number of boards (the Career Development Association of New Zealand, Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Vice President, Nelson Polytechnic Council, and Nelson School of Music) and is a member of the Institute of Directors. Pip is also the National Council of Women Consumer Affairs/Economics Standing Committee convener, and President of the Nelson Branch.


Jo Innes, Marketing and Membership Convenor 

 Jo Innes Jo is a member of Graduate Women Manawatu and a trustee of Graduate Women Manawatu Charitable Trust. She joined the National Executive in 2017. Jo brings extensive governance experience in the Not-for-Profit sector. Her most recent governance role being Chair, New Horizons for Women Trust.

Throughout Jo’s career she has developed expertise and experience in leading and managing service organisations; originally in the health sector, followed by many years leading her own research consultancy company. Currently, Jo holds the position as  Group Leader, Research Development at Massey University.

Other Team Members

 Gail Adams-Hutcheson, Editor GWNZ News

Gail has recently graduated with a PhD from the University of Waikato, is a Fellow of the NZFGW and is a wife and mother of two young girls. Her research project centred on the relocation experiences of Cantabrian’s who have moved to the Waikato following February’s devastating earthquake. Gail is concurrently an assistant editor to Professor Lynda Johnston for the internationally peer reviewed journal Gender, Place and Culture. On a lighter note, Gail enjoys rural life in the Waikato, rides horses, kayaks and has travelled extensively throughout Asia in her earlier years. She is passionate and hardworking and enjoys being part of the editorial team.



Loren Rutherford, Social Media

Loren Rutherford Loren repatriated to New Zealand in early 2016 after 20-years abroad.  Originally a Massey BA Sociology major she enjoyed an African based tourism career and returned to Massey to complete a Masters in International Development.  Her research examines how tourism can act as a driver of sustainable development.  This investigation involves cruise ships, private sector development and corporate social responsibility.  Loren is on the Wellington committee for Graduate Women, represents GWW at NCW and assists with the social media for NZGW.  She also works part-time for Massey as a tutor and in her, somewhat limited, spare time she enjoys being a tourist in NZ, drinking wine, trail running, yoga and cooking