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Victim Support New Zealand welcomes new Chief Executive James McCulloch

• James with Dr Petrina Hargrave, our Principal Advisor – Victim Advocacy and Research and Hon. Chris Hipkins, Minister for Police (centre). James is on the right.

On 1 July, the staff and volunteers of Victim Support New Zealand were excited to welcome their new Chief Executive, James McCulloch. Originally from the UK, James has extensive experience in local government, natural resources, commercial property, and mental health.

Immediately before joining Victim Support, James was Chief Executive at English Language Partners, which helped former refugees and migrants participate successfully in all aspects of life in Aotearoa New Zealand. He also has substantial experience of learning, culture, and people development through 5 years as Chief Executive of Inspire Group that he’s drawing on to make transformative change to how Victim Support nurtures and values its people.

James with some of Victim Support NZ Auckland staff

Two months into his new job, James says, “It’s a huge honour to take on this role, as what bigger calling is there than helping people navigate through their darkest moments? It has been an inspiring first few weeks meeting our teams around New Zealand and our key politicians and police contacts. I am thrilled be part of the global Victim Support family and look forward to meeting next time I am in Europe.”

James can be contacted at

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