Dear members,

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the resignation of our Chief Executive Katie Bruce.

Katie is taking up a role leading child-centred advice at the Office of the Children’s Commissioner. Elevating the voices of young people has always been a passion for Katie, so being given the opportunity to work directly on issues of child poverty, justice and wellbeing at a critical time was a real pull. As she told me herself, she is as surprised as anyone to be leaving a job that is such a privilege and that she really enjoys.

The board members and I are very sorry to see Katie move on prematurely. In her 10 months with the organisation she has made a huge impact and put in place a clear, focused plan to implement our new strategic direction. She is a natural leader, a smart and collaborative operator, and will leave a unique legacy at VNZ.

What next?

We are of course privileged to have Michelle Kitney in a leadership role at VNZ, who will ably take over the reins in an acting capacity while we recruit a new Chief Executive. Michelle has been with VNZ for a number of years – working closely with Scott and acting in the CE role before Katie joined.

Michelle’s management skills and organisational experience mean VNZ is in good hands, and as a board we will be doing all we can to support Michelle and the team during this change and at a particularly busy time leading up to the VNZ conference.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss this change, or any other VNZ matters. We will keep members updated on the recruitment process, and look forward to catching up in person at the conference in October.

Helga Wientjes
Volunteering New Zealand