Moira Underdown



Moira has an extensive background in health care as a psychiatric nurse, as well as operations management and leadership experience in the third sector, government and private sector here and in New Zealand.  She is currently taking time out from her position in New Zealand with the newly established Ministry for Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki to look at systems and service design here in the UK. Back in New Zealand she leads a team who work across sectors, communities and government to design and procure services for both adults and children.

She has worked collaboratively designing and funding services to respond to the Christchurch earthquakes, and been involved in a partnership with the University of Canterbury NZ and the private sector designing and adapting an NGO Leadership programme. More recently she has provided leadership and governance alongside the Police to the Integrated Safety Response pilot, a unique single point of entry and multi-agency/sector response for families experiencing violence and abuse. Her recent MBA, with a particular interest in social investment has led her to think more about how investment works in both densely populated and rural environments.