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The boss's blog - from the desk of the CEO

Gill joined VSA as CEO in July 2012 after five years in London as director general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation. She was previously executive director of the New Zealand Family Planning Association. She also chaired the Asia Pacific Alliance and the New Zealand NGO-Ministry of Health Forum, and spent a term as Assistant Vice Chancellor at Victoria University.

Gill blogs about development work, things that are close to her heart and - just occasionally - what she had for breakfast. But only if it's truly interesting.


More thoughts from Bonn

Published on 3rd March 2016


More thoughts from Bonn

After a few hours of working on the pile of papers for my first meeting this evening, I decided to explore a little more, following the example of our volunteers, though in very different surroundings. Read More

Blogging from Bonn

Published on 2nd March 2016


Blogging from Bonn

Kia Ora from Germany. Read More

Working towards the global goals

Published on 12th October 2015


Working towards the global goals

Kia Ora, Read More

Resilience

Published on 16th July 2015


Resilience

This year has already brought dramatic proof that the Asia-Pacific is the world’s most vulnerable region to natural disasters. Cyclone Pam had a devastating effect on Vanuatu, as our volunteers and staff experienced first-hand. As they work on the recovery, they are also contributing to the country’s resilience to disasters,... Read More

Working with Asia-Pacific women

Published on 12th March 2015


Working with Asia-Pacific women

Gill spoke to Zonta Manawatu on 5 March about International Women's Day and VSA's work with women across the Asia-Pacific region. Read More

International Women’s Day

Published on 6th March 2015


International Women’s Day

On Saturday 28 February, Gill spoke at the first International Women's Day Event for UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand. Here is the text of her speech. Read More

The UN goes to Apia

Published on 19th October 2014


The UN goes to Apia

In the last two months, I’ve experienced two UN conferences that really illustrated some of the critical issues for our part of the world. In New York, the conference involved inevitable late nights working and long queues to get into sessions to discuss the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and... Read More

New York: queues and Forum at the UN

Published on 1st September 2014


New York: queues and Forum at the UN

Here I am in a long white corridor, reminiscent of the hospital corridors in One flew over the cuckoo's nest, waiting for the precious blue UN grounds pass, talking with complete strangers. If you’re at the UN, queues are a fact of life. Read More

New and old in New York City

Published on 27th August 2014


New and old in New York City

It seems that once again I need to be away from work in Wellington in order to draw breath long enough to write – but anyway here I am! Read More

This year: Volunteer Service Abroad in 2013

Published on 24th December 2013


This year: Volunteer Service Abroad in 2013

As I put the out of office message onto my PC before leaving the office to head along the sunny Wellington streets for the train to Paekakariki, my thoughts revolve around the next two weeks. Read More

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