Women in Petroleum Breakfast
Please join OMV and the Ministry of the Environment at the Women in Petroleum breakfast on Thursday 23rd March at 7am.
Speaker: Vicky Robertson
Breakfast Topic: Women Leaders Driving Organisational Change
- Vicky’s personal journey on becoming a woman leader in a complex environment
- Reflections on the challenge of change within an organisation
- Overcoming unconscious bias to achieve diversity and support change for the better
- Change management and leadership – strategies for success
Vicky Robertson is the Secretary for the Environment, appointed in April 2015. An internationally experienced executivewith a background in law and economics, Vicky is a champion for inclusive growth, transparency and accountability in the state sector. Before her appointment, Vicky was a key member of the Treasury’s senior leadership team, where she held Deputy Chief Executive, Chief Operating Officer and Acting Secretary and Chief Executive positions.
Vicky has led from the front. For example, as a member of the steering group for Te Hono Bootcamp – a network of primary sector leaders using design to realise the full potential of our exports. Vicky’s involvement has given the business leaders a richer understanding of the wider context their industries are operating in, including risks and opportunities associated with shifts in the global economy. Through Te Hono Vicky has also brought new approaches to policy development for more effective public services. This includes “design thinking”, a methodology being used to better understand the realities of people living in hardship as part of the Treasury’s social inclusion work. The Ministry for the Environment’s involvement in Te Hono will allow effective collaboration and policy development as the primary sector strives for sustainable growth.
Vicky is passionate about diversity as a critical factor in high performing organisations and speaks regularly at business and industry forums. She has worked extensively with iwi throughout her career and in recent years has attended Treaty of Waitangi events as a senior representative. She has been involved in significant interdepartmental strategic policy programmes, including the Social Housing Programme, the establishment of KiwiSaver, the New Zealand National Retirement Savings Scheme and leading the group involved in a cross-departmental review of New Zealand’s Climate Change policy.
Her leadership experience extends to strategic organisational initiatives, such as the Treasury’s programme to develop stronger relationships with Maori. Her professional accomplishments include a year’s secondment to the United Nations Development Programme, where she led a strategic and structural review of the organisation.