Rebecca Elvy


Key Skills

  • Trusted advisor to boards and senior executives 
  • Design and delivery of major change 
  • Review of business performance and operating model design 
  • Strategy development and business planning 
  • Strategic and business facilitation – is able to facilitate complex discussions with diverse stakeholders, from senior executive teams through to community groups 
  • Executive and leadership coaching 

Rebecca’s deep experience in senior roles across the public and not-for-profit sectors underpins her ability to quickly come to grips with complex environments and develop effective strategic responses and solutions.  She has exceptional relationship management skills and a strong track record of developing effective partnerships with tangata whenua. 

Rebecca is an expert communicator across all levels of an organisation or a sector.  She has a reputation as an effective facilitator, able to help groups of diverse stakeholders work through complex issues across multiples levels. 

Rebecca’s ability to apply her formidable intellect to challenging issues means she is highly sought after as a trusted advisor to boards and senior leaders.


  • Massey University  
    • Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration – Management (2009) 
  • Victoria University of Wellington 
    • Master of Strategic Studies (Merit) (2008) 
  • Bachelor of Arts – Criminology (2006) 
    • Graduate Diploma in Science – Psychology (2011) 
  • Columbia University in the City of New York 
    • Certificate in the Principles and Practices of Organisation Development (2011) 
  • Mt Eliza Executive Education (Melbourne) 
    • Leading for Organisational Impact: The Looking Glass Experience – 5 Day Residential Course (2012) 
  • Centre for Public Management (Canberra) 
    • Leadership & Emotional Intelligence – 3 Day Residential Course (2009) 
  • Coach Masters Academy (NZ) 
    • Core Training for Professional Coaching (ICF Accredited) 

Recent Experience

  • NZ Human Rights Commission – Chief Executive.
    • Executive leadership of New Zealand’s national human rights institution, appointed in the aftermath of a Ministerial Review by Judge (ret) Coral Shaw. This Crown entity has an annual budget of approximately $13.0 million and 80 employees.
  • Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision – Chief Executive
    • Executive leadership of an independent charitable trust responsible for collecting, preserving, and sharing precious audiovisual treasures that span 120 years of NZ history.
  • Ministry of Education - Associate Deputy Secretary Education Payroll Service
    • Rebecca was responsible for operational leadership of the education payroll post-implementation of Novopay during the remediation phase, including building a team of specialists to stabilise the fortnightly pay cycle, engaging with the education sector, managing the vendor, regular briefings to the Minister Responsible for Novopay and the Chief Executive, media management and crisis management.
    • She delivered a successful turn-around in the Novopay service, from significantly failing to a system performing within industry standards.  Rebecca played a key role in negotiating critical components of the Crown’s take over of the service from Talent2.
  • Ministry of Education – Group Manager Education Workforce
    • Rebecca was responsible for initial teacher education, attracting new teachers to the profession, data and information about workforce trends, collective bargaining with the teacher unions for the education workforce and (prior to Novopay) the education service payroll system.  In this role Rebecca led successful bargaining rounds, delivered a Māori-medium workforce review, and managed the Ministry’s media presence.