Nicola Woodward joined specialist family violence agency Aviva as CEO in 2011 to lead the agency’s transformation from Christchurch Women’s Refuge. Nicola is passionate about bringing purposeful social sector innovation to reform New Zealand’s response to family violence. Following the Canterbury earthquakes Nicola co-founded The Loft at Eastgate Shopping Centre in Christchurch. In England Nicola worked from London’s frontline with people experiencing homelessness and social exclusion, to the Department of Health as a strategist and Commissioner. Nicola’s first trade was nursing; she’s now a fisher and a jet boater.