Amanda Malu

Chief Executive, ACC

Appointed as Chief Executive of Whānau Āwhina Plunket in 2016, Amanda is currently responsible for the strategic leadership of the organisation, ensuring the successful day to day operation of the $85m business. Over the past six years she has led the digital transformation of the Plunket service, moving all nurses from paper diaries to an electronic health record. She is passionate about making a difference and has led Whānau Āwhina Plunket’s strategy to become a pro-equity organisation, a journey that continues today. Amanda is proud of Whānau Āwhina’s commitment to ensuring the organisation is focused on playing its role in addressing the inequities of the health system.5

Amanda commands a high performing executive team and organisation, leading and living Plunket’s values and fostering an environment of collaboration and engagement.
In her time as Chief Executive, Amanda has driven the organisational change required to ensure the Whānau Āwhina’s sustainability whilst at the same time fostering a culture of digital innovation and collaboration.

Previously, Amanda worked in senior roles across government and education institutions including the Tertiary Education Commission, Open Polytechnic, Families Commission and ESR. She has led significant marketing and behaviour change campaigns, including the highly successful ‘It’s not OK’ campaign against family violence while at the Families Commission. Amanda has served on many not for profit boards including six years as Chair of Wellington East Girls’ College BoT, and has recently served as an Associate Director on the Board of Ngāi Tahu Holdings Corporation Ltd.

Amanda is mum to six adult children and humbly acknowledges her own deep whakapapa connection to Whānau Āwhina Plunket through her Great, great grandmother, one of Whānau Āwhina Plunket’s founding Tāua, Mere Harper.

Amanda is of Ngāi Tahu descent and grew up in Christchurch.