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Jacinda Funnell

Chief People Officer

The Chief People Officer (CPO) plays a crucial role in overseeing all aspects of personnel and human resources. They develop and implement strategies to align the workforce with the NZDF's goals, ensuring we have the right talent and skills.

Mana and mahi

Ko Tai o Aorere e mahea nei aku māharahara
Ko tōku ngakau kei roto I a Moutere
Nō Whakatu ahau engari e noho ana ki Whakatiki
Nō Pōrana, nō Peretania, nō Aerana ōku tupuna
Ko tangata Tiriti ahau
Ko Harrison tōku ingoa whanau
Ko Jacinda Funnell tōku ingoa

An impressive military career

Funnell's impressive public service career spans over 25 years, starting in 1996 at the Ministry of Defence. During her time with us, she's worked on a wide range of defense policy issues. She has also held notable positions, including serving as a private secretary to the Minister of Defence and working in the Australian Department of Defence. Funnell has represented New Zealand at international defense and transport forums, promoting collaboration and exchanging expertise.


Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Studies from the University of Otago
Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the Australian National University.

An advocate for women

In addition to her professional achievements, Funnell is an active member of the Zonta Club of Wellington, demonstrating her commitment to community engagement and empowering women in various fields.