Jo Cribb


Jo Cribb is a New Zealand civil servant who headed the Ministry for Women.[1][2] She has given a talk at TEDxWellington and published work on volunteerism.


Jo Cribb
EducationVictoria University of Wellington
Cambridge University
TitleChief Executive
Ministry for Women Affairs
Term2021 - 2017
PredecessorKim Ngarimu (Acting)
SuccessorRenee Graham


Cribb is a graduate of Cambridge University and has a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington in Public Policy that investigated the contracting relationship between governments and NGOs which completed in part as a New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women Fellow.[3][4]


Between 2012 and 2017, Cribb held the appointment as chief executive for the Ministry for Women Affairs. Prior to this, she led policy and research functions at other New Zealand government agencies, such as the Ministry of Social Development, the Families Commission, the Department of Internal Affairs, and the State Services Commission.[2][5][6]

Cribb also held appointment as the Deputy Children's Commissioner and led the Children's Commissioner's Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty. [2]

Cribb's book, Being Accountable: Voluntary Organisations, Government Agencies and Contracted Social Services in New Zealand (2007) analyzes the way that people in the voluntary sector view accountability to the government and nonprofit service providers.[7][5]



  • Cribb, Jo, and Rachel Petero. 2020. Take Your Space : Successful Women Share Their Secrets. Auckland: Onetree House Ltd.
  • Cribb, Jo, and David Glover. 2018. Don’t Worry about the Robots : How to Survive and Thrive in the New World of Work. Auckland, New Zealand: Allen & Unwin.
  • ‌Cribb, Jo, and Victoria University. 2006. Being Accountable : Voluntary Organisations, Government Agencies and Contracted Social Services in New Zealand. Wellington N.Z.: Institute Of Policy Studies.


  1. ^ "Dr Jo Cribb resigns as chief executive of New Zealand's Ministry for Women". Global Government Forum. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  2. ^ a b c "New Ministry of Women's Affairs Chief Executive Appointed | State Services Commission". 2012-10-02. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  3. ^ "Newsletter April 2013" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-05-17.
  4. ^ "The Accountability of Voluntary Organisations: Implications for Government Funders". Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  5. ^ a b "Jo Cribb: a Woman of Influence (Dec 2016) : Institute of Public Administration New Zealand". 2016-07-28. Archived from the original on 2017-04-06. Retrieved 2017-04-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  6. ^ "Resignation of Chief Executive of Ministry for Women | State Services Commission". 2016-06-20. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  7. ^ Pomeroy, Ann (November 2007). "Being Accountable: Voluntary Organisations, Government Agencies and Contracted Social Services in New Zealand by Jo Cribb". Social Policy Journal of New Zealand. 32: 170–172 – via EBSCOhost.
  8. ^ "Women of Influence 2015: The finalists". Stuff.
  9. ^ "Women of Influence alumni Q&A: Jo Cribb". 2016-06-27. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  10. ^ "State Services Commissioner congratulates Women of Influence - Scoop News".
  11. ^ "Women in Governance Awards 2021 : Governance New Zealand". Retrieved 2021-06-29.

External sourcesEdit

  • Profile on the Institute of Directors website