Karen Jones
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Karen Jones

New Zealand Transport Agency / Waka Kotahi

General manager, engagement and partnerships

  • Appointed March 2020.
  • Previously deputy director general people and engagement at the Department of Conservation where she led the human resources, organisational development, health and safety, security, customer engagement and office of the executive teams.
  • Earlier roles included secondment to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet as executive director strategy, governance and engagement, where she helped establish the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
  • Worked in the executive team at NZ Police as deputy chief executive, public affairs.


New Zealand Police / Ngā Pirihimana o Aotearoa
Deputy Chief Executive, Public Affairs
Feb 2013 - Feb 2018
The Treasury / Te Tai Ōhanga
Acting Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Secretary Strategy, Performance and Engagement
Dec 2016 - Feb 2017
Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet / Te Tari o te Pirimia me te Komiti Matua
Executive Director, Strategy, Governance and Engagement Group
Mar 2018 - Dec 2019
Department of Conservation / Te Papa Atawhai
Deputy Director General, People and Engagement
Jan 2019 - Mar 2020
New Zealand Transport Agency / Waka Kotahi
General Manager Engagement and Partnerships
Mar 2020 - Present

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