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.




Jignasha Patel

Pip Jamieson

Pip has been involved with the National Council of Women for a number of years, especially with the Nelson branch. As a strong gender equity advocate Pip is also involved with Graduate Women NZ amongst other involvements in governance, business, economic and strategic development. Pip currently works for the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) as Senior Regional Advisor for Te Tauihu (Top of the South).

Pip loves swimming, walking, hanging out with her husband Cliff and favourite dog Cinnamon enjoying the wonderful Nelson region.

Robyn Wong

Robyn was elected to the NCWNZ in September 2018.  She has previous governance experience with National Sport Organisations and she lives breathes sport and acitve recreation especially through her role in Community Sport at Sport NZ.  Robyn is a Chartered Accountant and has experience in strategic investment, management consultancy and financial analyses in both the public and private sectors

Rachel Harris

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