Fiona McNamara

Chief Executive Officer

Fiona was born and grew up in Wellington. Her career to date has covered sexual violence prevention, gender advocacy and leading and developing organisations in the not-for-profit and arts sectors.

Fiona began working at SAPN in 2013, as the Coordinator and sole employee. Under her leadership, SAPN has developed into a national organisation, with a team of more than 30, reaching over 10 000 programme participants annually and is sought after nationally and internationally for expertise on sexual harm prevention.

Fiona has co-developed and delivered a wide range of sexual violence prevention education programmes to professionals and youth, including co-developing ‘Friends, Whānau and Flirting’ for people with learning disabilities, ‘It’s Our Business’ for the hospitality sector, and a suite of workplace and community sexual harm prevention and response programmes.

Fiona holds several national positions, including the primary prevention portfolio for Tauiwi services on the Paetakawaenga (Executive Committee) of TOAH-NNEST, and independent sector representative on the government’s Sexual Violence Prevention Advisory Board. In 2018, Fiona was recognised for services to sexual violence prevention with a Wellington City Council City Safety Award.

In Fiona’s works as a performance maker, she led projects on feminism, gender, sexual violence, social justice and criminal justice. Fiona remains involved in theatre with the company she co-founded, Binge Culture, and as a trustee of Summer Shakespeare Wellington.

Fiona holds a certificate in Professional Supervision in the Workplace from WelTec, a BA Hons and MA in German and Theatre from Victoria University of Wellington, and also studied at Freie Universitaet Berlin. Her studies in New Zealand and Germany focused on gender analysis, representations of gender and sexual violence.