Commissioners and senior leadership

The Human Rights Commission has up to eight Human Rights Commissioners. These include the Chief Commissioner, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner, the Race Relations Commissioner, the Disability Rights Commissioner and up to five part-time Commissioners.

The Director of Human Rights Proceedings heads up an independent office within the Commission, the Office of Human Rights Proceedings, Te Tari Whakatau Take Tika Tangata.

The Commissioners and the Director must act independently and are supported by around 60 staff in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Commissioners

The Commissioners are responsible for the governance of our organisation. This includes defining our strategic direction and policies, undertaking international responsibilities and being accountable for our overall performance.

Commissioners are appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister of Justice, for terms of up to five years.

View the biography of each Commissioner by clicking on the links below:

Chief Commissioner David Rutherford

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue

Disability Rights Commissioner Paul Gibson

Commissioner Karen Johansen

Commissioner Richard Tankersley

Director of Human Rights Proceedings

The Office of Human Rights Proceedings (OHRP) is an independent office within the Human Rights Commission that provides free legal representation to complainants to take selected discrimination cases to the Human Rights Review Tribunal.

Click on the link to read the biography of the Director of Human Rights Proceedings.

Chief Executive and staff

The Chief Executive and staff are responsible for operations. This includes the implementation of Commission policies and all aspects of service delivery.

Click the link to read the biography of Cynthia Brophy the Chief Executive of the Human Rights Commission.

There are around 60 staff working for the Commission in three locations: Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington.