Board Members


National President: Vanisa Dhiru 

Vanisa has been involved with NCW since 2009 when she was on the board of the YWCA Greater Wellington, and later as President. Vanisa is on the Leadership Advisory Panel for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Graduate Women Wellington Committee, and the NGO Advisory Group for the Minister of Social Development. She is also the chair of the Inspiring Stories Trust.



Vice President: Lisa Lawrence

Lisa has worked in a range of roles in the social health sector – mentoring, service development, business planning and governance. Currently, she is Kaiwhakahaere of Motueka Family Service Centre and Chair of Nelson Bays Primary Health’s Te Tumu Whakaora. Previously Lisa has worked in iwi led health and social services, and 100 years ago began as a health promoter and a health educator for St John and New Zealand Family Planning Association.

Arna Metcalfe

Arna was elected to the NCWNZ Board in September 2017. She has a history in community activism and not-for-profit groups, and has held a range of governance roles. Arna is a longstanding member of NCW Auckland.




Ali Jones

Ali is new to the NCWNZ Board (Sept 2017) and comes from a TV/Radio broadcasting, Public Relations and Local Government background. She has sat on a number of boards and committees including the Isaac Theatre Royal Trust Board and the Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism Board, and is continues to run her own PR business (since 2000). Ali was elected as chair of the Christchurch City Council Papanui Innes Community Board in 2016 after three years as a ChCh City Councillor. Her clients include the NZ College of Midwives, with whom she has worked as external media advisor for more than a decade, and continues to work in the media, as one of the stand-in hosts for Jim Mora on RNZ’s The Panel, when required.

Rachel Harris

Rachel joined the Board as the first Appointed Aspiring Board Member in December 2017.