Our team

Save the Children New Zealand’s work is made possible by a network of people committed to our vision, including our board, staff, Child and Youth Council, volunteers, interns and supporters.

Our national office is based in Wellington and is headed up by chief executive Heather Hayden. Our volunteers work in our shops, hold fundraising events or come into our office to help out. Our interns work with the Communications and Programmes teams.

Our chief executive

Heather HaydenHeather Hayden 

Heather has a strong background in working in a multicultural environment both in New Zealand and overseas. Her experience ranges from community work with women and children in India, advocacy at international government level, developing national programmes and strategies for action in New Zealand, to turning round failing organisations. She has been responsible for government relations and has developed a wide network within the government sector. Heather is experienced in building strategic partnerships and introducing business systems and processes along with disciplined planning and financial management.

Passionate about making the world a better place for all, especially in the areas of poverty, inequality, discrimination and injustice Heather works at local, national, and international levels to see change take place.