Dame Patsy Reddy
Dame Patsy grew up in the Waikato and graduated from Victoria University with an LLM (First Class Honours). Before becoming Governor-General, she had a career in law, business, and the public sector.
Dame Patsy was the first female partner in the law firm Watts and Patterson. She spent 11 years at Brierley Investments, and co-founded Active Equities Limited. Dame Patsy had governance roles at several leading New Zealand companies.
Her public sector work has included work on pay equity, and reviews of New Zealand Intelligence and Security and the performance of several government agencies. She also acted as Chief Crown Negotiator of Treaty Settlements for Tauranga Moana and Te Toko Toru.
Dame Patsy's passion for the arts is reflected in her past governance roles at the New Zealand Film Commission, the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, the Victoria University Foundation, the Victoria University Art Collection Trust, the Spark Art Trust, the Wellington Jazz Festival Trust, the Symphony Orchestra Foundation, and the New Zealand Film Archive.
As Governor-General, Dame Patsy's focus is on support for the arts, innovation, cultural diversity and leadership.
Dame Patsy is married to Sir David Gascoigne.