Our people

A diverse group of passionate individuals have teamed up to form the Social Wellbeing Agency

Executive Leadership team

Paul Delahunty

Acting Chief Executive | Deputy Chief Executive - Advisory Services
Paul Delahunty

Paul has significant experience leading complex service delivery teams and substantial change management programmes. Paul joined SWA in September 2018 as Chief Investment and Integration Officer, before moving to Deputy Chief Executive in January 2020 and has been the acting Chief Executive from April 2021. Paul has a strong background in strategy development, leadership, operations, business improvement, change management, and general management.

Before joining SWA, Paul’s career spanned across the private and public sectors both in New Zealand and overseas. Having been a partner at a consulting firm, held senior leadership roles at ACC, Department of Conservation and been a company director he has experience across the social, natural resource, health, and insurance sectors. Outside of work he has a second job as a part-time taxi driver with his wife for their three very active children.

Lynda Jelbert

Director Organisational Performance

Lynda Jelbert

Lynda leads the Agency’s development and implementation of organisational and capability strategies. These strategies ensure we have the right capabilities and practices in place so that our work and projects are well managed, planned and executed. Lynda also leads the management of our corporate functions. Her goal is to ensure that the Social Wellbeing Agency is a great place to work, with a fantastic culture and capable people.

Lynda has a strong background in Human Resources, Leadership, Organisational Development, Change Management, and Health and Safety — spanning both public and private sectors. She has five years at EQC (the Earthquake Commission) and eight years at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise under her belt. She’s also worked with Oranga Tamariki and various private businesses.

Lynda joined the us in October 2018. She holds an ANZSOG Executive Master’s in Public Administration through Victoria University of Wellington.

Alistair Mason

Director Office of the Chief Executive
Alistair Mason

Alistair has worked with the Social Wellbeing Agency, formerly the Social Investment Agency, since its establishment as the Social Investment Unit in 2015. He moved into the role of Director Office of the Chief Executive in February 2020.

The Office of the Chief Executive oversees Ministerial engagment, communications, and provides advice and support to the Cabinet Social Wellbeing Board and Social Wellbeing Comittee.

Alistair has spent close to ten years working as Ministerial Advisor for a variety of Ministers, primarily covering social portfolios. This experience has supported Alistair’s passion for improved social sector decision making and practice.

Alistair has an extensive background in public relations, having worked for some of the world’s leading public relations firms in London, Hong Kong, the UAE, and Wellington.

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