Deidre is a former VSA volunteer (Solomon Islands, 2004-2006). On returning she led a project on New Zealand involvement in international child support treaties. Deidre is on the senior leadership team at the Electoral Commission and is currently, in association with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, managing delivery of technical assistance to electoral agencies in the Pacific. She has found VSA values and people-to-people principles useful in this work, confirming they have application beyond the voluntary sector. Deidre has served on boards of a range of community organisations and brings to the Council her strengths in governance, legal, policy, human resources, change management, and strategic partnerships.