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YWCA Auckland welcomes new Chief Executive

20th August 2012

YWCA Auckland welcomes new Chief Executive

The YWCA Auckland (YWCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of new CEO Monica Briggs, who will commence work on 17 September 2012.

Monica Briggs has had a distinguished career in the public health and senior management experience in the NGO sector. Since July 2008 she has been National Education Setting Manager at the National Heart Foundation, where she was responsible for numerous public health initiatives including the Jump Rope for Heart programme.

Prior to this, Monica was General Manager of the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (APRHS), from 2001 to 2008 where she held accountability for the largest and most complex public health provider in the country with over 200 staff.

She has been deputy chair for the New Zealand AIDS Foundation for five years and was appointed as President of the Public Health Association of New Zealand in October 2011.

Monica said “she is passionate about organisations that are making a positive difference for young women and is looking forward to working collaboratively with YWCA partners to assist more New Zealand women to reach their full potential.”

She replaces Hilary Sumpter, who has been the CEO since September 2008. Hilary leaves with the Board’s appreciation of her work to pursue new and exciting challenges in her career.

YWCA President Kate Sutton says Ms Briggs’ appointment as CEO comes at an exciting time for the YWCA.

“Monica is an exceptional leader noted for her strengths in empowerment of people; modeling the values of the organisation and setting new directions. We are thrilled to have her leading the next chapter of the YWCA’s development.”

YWCA Auckland is part of the world's largest women's organisation, a Global network of 25 million women leading social and economic change in over 125 countries. Find out more at

About the YWCA Auckland

Since 1885 the YWCA Auckland has had a mission to positively impact on society by making a difference in women’s lives. In conjunction with the hostel, the YWCA Auckland runs community programmes for women.

Our Vision: Empowered Women. Our Mission: To support and nurture women toward greater strength, confidence and success by providing resources, opportunities and guidance to enable them to reach their full potential.


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