New National Director - Karen Ross

The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award welcomes Karen Ross as the new National Director. Karen has vast experience working alongside agencies in the not-for-profit sector. Her leading area of expertise is capability, performance and governance; helping agencies to discover and manage how they will reach their full potential. 

Karen is attracted to the National Director role by the issues she sees facing the Award: addressing the increasing diversity in New Zealand, looking at the way the organisation communicates and developing the impact of the Award in an ever changing environment. 

Karen is excited by being part of the impact and long-term outcomes for those who undertake the Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award and believes that there is also a need to scope the value and impact to the essential volunteer base without which the Award would struggle. 

Karen has worked in the state sector, served as an adviser to the NZ Medical Council and was CE of the New Zealand Book Council for 11 years. 

She sits on several NGO boards and works as a mentor in a voluntary capacity to individuals and organisations. She enjoys a wide range of cultural interests with emphasis on literature, dance and contemporary art. She rides her bike and sings and plays in a band in her spare time. 

Prue Kelly, Chair of the Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award Board. 

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