The Board of NZK has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer. Jill Bond has enjoyed a significant public sector career
having held senior leadership roles in Housing, Education and Health. Most recently Jill was the Executive Director of
the Office of the Director General of Health and had responsibility for the delivery of the refresh of the NZ Health
In appointing Jill to the position James Patea, President of NZK said the Board was delighted that Jill had accepted the
position and they looked forward to working with her to deliver on the government’s early childhood education agenda.
“What happens in early childhood makes a difference of a lifetime and having a passionate and committed person leading
NZK is critical for Kindergarten”.
Jill is tertiary qualified with a Master of Business Administration from Waikato University and a Master of Public
Administration from Victoria University. She is an alumni member of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government
(ANZSOG) and was appointed to the ANZSOG Alumni Advisory Council in 2018.
James paid tribute to the exceptional work and leadership of Clare Wells, former NZK CEO at her public farewell in
February. “She has led NZK through a challenging and uncertain time with passion and professionalism and we thank her
for her significant contribution.”
Jill takes up her position on Monday 25 February 2019.