Ruth Harley
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Ruth Harley

NZ on Air / Irirangi Te Motu


  • Appointed June 2018
  • International career in screen industry leadership.
  • Commissioning editor at TVNZ, and NZ On Air's first executive director.
  • NZ Film Commission CEO for a decade, then first director of Screen Australia.
  • Chairs NZ Cricket Museum, and on the boards of the Wellington Sculpture Trust and Len Lye Foundation.


NZ on Air / Irirangi Te Motu
Executive Director
Jan 1989 - Dec 1995
Saatchi and Saatchi
National media Director
Jan 1995 - Dec 1996
NZ Film Commission / Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga
Jan 1997 - Dec 2008
Screen Australia
Nov 2008 - Nov 2013
Ruth E Harley and Associates: Executive Coaching, Mentoring, Facilitation and Consulting.
Nov 2013 - Present

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