Brighid Kelly has resigned from Tourism New Zealand adding to a number of senior departures over recent months.
Kelly was General Manager People for almost four years and was acting chief executive between the departure of Kevin Bowler in October 2016 and the arrival of Stephen England-Hall in April 2017.
In a statement from TNZ, England-Hall said Kelly “played a significant role on the leadership team supporting the strategic development and direction of the organisation.”
He added: “She is responsible for having changed the way we do things here – from the introduction of our ‘actions’ framework, our focus on great hosting, on safety and wellness, and on how we recruit, induct and develop our staff.”
“She has also played a key role with industry both in her role as GM People but also during the time she was Acting CE here at Tourism New Zealand.”
Kelly will depart TNZ towards the end of March for a role as GM People at Transpower.
The agency’s senior communications advisor, Trish Green, will also leave in March after three years at the organisation. Green is taking a ‘gap-year’ during which she will spend time travelling.
The resignations follow the departure in November of GM Corporate Affairs, Deborah Gray, and GM Australia, Tony Saunders, who left this month after four years to join a new international travel-related company.
While no replacement has been announced to lead Australia, TNZ has appointed its current GM of PR and Major Events, Rebecca Ingram, to replace Gray.
Ingram is currently on parental leave and will return Tuesday 5 June to take up the position in Wellington.
Until then, the responsibilities of the corporate affairs role will be shared by two members of the existing corporate affairs team, Paul Yeo and Candice Johanson.
In September, TNZ’s Global Brand and Content Manager, Jodi Redden, left after four years and was replaced by Brodie Reid, from advertising agency ColensoBBDO in Auckland.
The GM Asia role also turned over last year. It was filled by Gregg Wafelbakker who joined in July from Westland Milk Products, where he was GM China.