Chief Executive - Niamh Lawless
For the past 25 years Niamh has worked in a variety of not for profit and government organisations and countries around the world, including international aid development work in Africa and mostly recently as Deputy Chief Executive for Barnardos New Zealand. Along with husband Stuart, Niamh moved to New Zealand eight years ago and is very happily settled in Wellington.
Niamh’s personal and professional life experiences and values closely match the organisation’s four cornerstones of The Outdoors, The Community, Personal Development and New Experiences.
Growing up in rural Ireland Niamh didn’t have an opportunity to be a member of Scouts, as it was a boy’s only organisation in those days. Niamh did however have many opportunities and supportive mentors along the way which enabled her to achieve her goals. Niamh is truly grateful for these opportunities and passionate about working with organisations which assist young people achieve their full potential through a range of activities, services and other opportunities.
Niamh is SCOUTS New Zealand’s first female Chief Executive, and feels a strong sense of privilege and responsibility. She is passionate and energised about the task of providing youth and leaders with the resources and support that is needed to enable scouting to reach all areas of New Zealand.