Meet the Senior Management Team

Tony Blackett, Executive Director

Tony is an experienced leader with a background in the public service, non-government, environmental and community development sectors both in New Zealand and internationally. From 2013 until 2018 Tony held the position of  Chief Executive of both AccessAbility and Imagine Better.  

Tony will lead and motivate  the committed team at Amnesty International New Zealand and its supporters to continue to protect and defend human rights.

Meg De Ronde, Campaigns Director

Meg has been with Amnesty International since 2015. She oversees our campaigning, research, advocacy, youth, media and activism work.

Meg has an undergraduate degree in politics and english and a first class Master of Arts in Politics. She has spent time researching and lecturing in media and comparative politics and has many years experience in activism and campaigning from grassroots to leadership positions.

Ray Headifen, Finance Director

Ray joined Amnesty International 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)

Sam Drumm, Engagement Director

Sam is the Engagement Director at Amnesty International, he heads the team that seeks to connect everyday New Zealanders with fighting for positive human rights change all over the world.

Sandra Cullen, People & Organisation Manager

Sandra oversees all aspects of human resources, office management and governance team liaison here at Amnesty International.

Sandra has a BA in International Relations & Development Studies and a BCA in Human Resources and Management. Prior to working with Amnesty International she was an HR Manager for a large corporate and an Office Manager for a UK events company.  She says that this role is a perfect blend of her background and experiences and loves the idea that she comes to work to help change the world.