Gill Greer CBE, MNZM, PhD, D.Lit, Board Member
Gill Greer has been an advocate in a range of settings, including the United Nations, European, Pacific and New Zealand Parliamentary groups, the Assembly of the African Union, and many other international, regional, national and community organisations. She has led the formation and governance of a number of collaborative initiatives and alliances. Her focus has been on human rights; the rights of women and girls and those with disabilities and rare disorders; sexual and reproductive health and rights; the Sustainable Development Goals; climate change, leadership and governance.
Following her full-time roles as a teacher, Director of Student Services and Assistant VC at Victoria University of Wellington, where she worked closely with Te Herenga Waka to build support services for Māori, she has been CE of Family Planning NZ; Volunteer Service Abroad; the National Council of Women, Rare Disorders NZ; and the International Planned Parenthood Federation, with member associations across 160 countries. Gill has been a writer of three biographies and numerous articles on a range of topics. She was co-writer and editor of the “New Zealand People’s Report 2019” which examined New Zealand’s progress against the Sustainable Development Goals. She has worked as a filmmaker (a documentary on Katherine Mansfield) and radio broadcaster, and held four public conversations with the Rt Hon. Helen Clark, the most recent in Sustainability Week, September 2019.
Gill now contributes as a mentor and volunteer, and in governance roles and short-term contracts, most recently the Human Rights Commission, the Ministry for Women and a 6-month review in 2019 of International Planned Parenthood. She is a Board member of Evofem Biosciences, a US biotech company producing women’s health products including a non-hormonal contraceptive gel.
She also considers herself fortunate to be a mother, and grandmother of 4 children, all living in New Zealand!