Our people


Clare Ward, Chief Executive

Clare is the Chief Executive of Superu and has held this role since June 2013.

Prior to this, Clare was a Deputy Government Statistician at Statistics New Zealand leading the Industry and Labour Statistics Group and before this the Organisation Direction Group. Clare joined Statistics New Zealand after roles at the Tertiary Education Commission, the Ministry of Housing, and Housing New Zealand.

Originally from England, Clare has a background in strategy, policy, research, programme development, monitoring and investment management in the public sector, both in New Zealand and in the UK.

Clare lives in Wellington with her partner Graham and her children, Meg and Seth


Sarah Clark, Director Sector Change

In her role at Superu, Sarah brings over 25 years of public sector experience, most recently as Director of the Office for Seniors, at the Ministry for Social Development. Her previous roles have included the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and Parliamentary Services.

Building effective relationships, connecting and facilitating between research and policy, and promoting clear and easy ways of sharing information are all aspects that Sarah has as the focus of her attention.

Vasantha Krishnan, Director Knowledge

Vasantha has been managing and leading policy, research and evaluation in the public sector for the past 30 years.

Her experience includes roles at the State Services Commission, Statistics New Zealand, Crown Research Institute, Ministry of Social Development and Department of Labour/MBIE as well as roles in Australia.

Vasantha’s expertise includes education and skills, labour markets and the economy, immigration and settlement, workplace relations, and health and safety.


Last update: 21 Mar 2017