How VSA is run
We are an incorporated society and our members vote on resolutions at our AGM (Annual General Meeting) held in November. VSA is guided by our Kaitakawaenga, and a governing body of nine people. The Council meets five or six times each year. Our council works closely with VSA’s CEO, Stephen Goodman, to oversee policy and strategic implementation.
The Council has eight elected positions, with the potential to co-opt up to an additional five members. Elections are held on a rotational cycle, where at least half the elected members stand down at the end of their term. Co-opting is typically done to bring specific skills and experience where skills gaps are identified within the Council. Council is also able to co-opt further members to Council in order to replace any elected member that has stepped down from Council earlier then the end of their term.
VSA President: Simon Mark
Simon's links to VSA include his roles as VSA in-country representative in Vanuatu, VSA volunteer at the Vanuatu Cultural Centre, panel member for volunteer selections, participation in VSA fundraising art auctions, and as a consultant advising on the establishment VSA's New Zealand based partnership approach.
Simon has a doctorate in international relations and has worked in a wide range of sectors in New Zealand and overseas