Dame Judy McGregor
|Born||1948 (age 73–74)|
|Alma mater||Massey University|
McGregor completed a BA from the University of Waikato in 1970, where she was founded editor of Nexus, the student magazine. Working as a journalist she rose to editorship of the Sunday News and the Auckland Star and serving on the Broadcasting Standards Authority. She also took stands against the 1981 Springboks tour and walked in the 1975 Maori land march.
After a PhD in political communication, McGregor worked as a Professor at Massey University. Between 2003 and 2013 (two terms) McGregor served as the first Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner for the New Zealand Human Rights Commission, appointed by Minister Margaret Wilson and replaced in the role by politician Jackie Blue. As commissioner her report 'Caring Counts' based on undercover work in the aged care industry had a huge impact and lead ultimately to the a historic industry-wide settlement.
McGregor then moved to Auckland University of Technology as professor. In 2016 McGregor was named supreme winner of Women in Governance Awards. After the resignation of Dr Lester Levy as chair of the Waitematā District Health Board, the Minister of Health (David Clark) appointed McGregor as his successor, effective 10 June 2018.
McGregor was promoted to Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to human rights and health, in the 2022 Queen's Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours.