Meet the Senior Management Team

Our staff are dedicated and passionate about protecting and promoting human rights. And they're a little bit cheeky. Get to know our Senior Management Team.


 

Meg de Ronde, Executive Director

Meg de Ronde is the Executive Director of Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand.

Meg has been with Amnesty International since 2015 and was Campaigns Director for four years, overseeing human rights campaigning, research, advocacy, youth, media and activism work. 

Meg has a huge breadth of experience in grassroots volunteering, activism, politics and media. Her work has led to several great successes for Amnesty International, including the campaigns to Double the Refugee Quota and to ensure that Community Sponsorship of Refugees prospers in New Zealand, as well as building the foundations of a domestic research programme.

Meg is not only the first woman to be Executive Director of the New Zealand section, but the youngest person to take on the job and one of the youngest of all the Amnesty International sections around the world. 

With a first class Master of Arts in Politics, Meg is also a dedicated mum to two young boys, alongside being a licensed private investigator, singer and somehow deciding to sign up for a half marathon...and completing it!

Ray Headifen, Finance Director

Ray joined Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand in February 2016 and is enthusiastic about being part of a team contributing to Amnesty International’s life-changing work.

The majority of Ray’s professional career was with PwC (chartered accountants), most latterly as part of the senior management team of PwC Indonesia. His role required working with a variety of organisations and personnel across varied cultures and jurisdictions.

Ray was involved in a number of charitable projects during his time in Indonesia. One he is particularly proud of is assisting his wife setting a support network for families with visually impaired children.

One of his favourites quotes is: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” (Theodore Roosevelt)

Zebedee Stone, Fundraising and Marketing Director

Zebedee (or Zeb for short) returned to Amnesty International in 2019 having started his fundraising career with the organisation over a decade earlier. He oversees our fundraising, supporter engagment, and marketing activities.

During his career Zeb has led fundraising teams with local and international organisations and is passionate about engaging supporters with the change they make possible. Zeb recenlty completed a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Auckland and has undergraduate degrees in politics and psychology.

Zeb loves a good challenge and his personal fundraising efforts have included revealing he is actually Batman to run the Auckland Marathon in his super-hero suit for sufficient support. 

Alongside work and study, Zeb is an avid runner who competes in marathon and ultra-marathon distances. You'll likely see him out and about running around Auckland far too often!

Esther Hutchings, Finance and Operations Director

Esther has been with Amnesty International since 2016 and was the Finance Officer for five years, streamlining and improving efficiencies in finance, payroll, human resources and governance administration.  

In her current role, she is both humbled and honoured to be contributing to Amnesty International’s vital work by taking the lead in finance and operations.

Esther is a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) who has worked in a variety of financial and management accounting roles during her career.  She thrives on telling a story in numbers and questioning the status quo. 

Esther is a passionate believer in human rights and social justice. She was involved with her local Parents Centre as a Treasurer and volunteer for several years. When she is not spending time at home with family, she can be found at her local Toastmasters where she enjoys representing the club in speech competitions.