board member

Annah Stretton

Board Trustee

Annah has been on the UNICEF NZ Board since May 2015.

Annah Stretton is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, author and public speaker. Annah founded the Stretton Fashion Group in 1991 The clothing label is beloved by women the world over. Annah has been awarded the recipient of the coveted Veuve Clicquot business award and an Order of Merit for New Zealand for services to business, fashion and community. Since 2014 she has been the Chair of the Waikato Women’s Refuge, a role that led her to the creation of the Stretton Foundation and RAW, she is a Trustee for Te Rau Aroha Papakainga Charitable Trust which provides infrastructure for Waikato Women’s Refuge.

RAW works with incarcerated recidivist female offenders who society has not been able to re-integrate. The strength of this work is such that, in September 2015, she was awarded the EY/ASB Social Entrepreneur of the Year and she was a semi-finalist for 2018 New Zealander of the Year.

In 2017 the Stretton Foundation started its second initiative – Kia Puāwai – which is focused on improving the wellness of New Zealanders. In 2018 it started its third initiative – The Good Collective – which aims to enable charitable and not-for-profit organisations to become robust, financially viable and sustainable in delivering to their communities.

On the UNICEF Board Annah brings agile entrepreneurial experience, she is actively developing social enterprise organisations systems for measuring social impact; learning from early outcomes. Annah is an experienced campaigner, marketer and brand ambassador in the private and community space. She brings thought leadership to the UNICEF NZ Board