Superintendent Sandra Manderson QSM
Sandra Manderson joined New Zealand Police in 1978, having decided aged six that she wanted to help the community.
During her 40-year career with Police she held a range of positions including CIB, frontline and operational appointments, as well as national leadership roles at Police National Headquarters in Wellington.
Sandra was the first woman promoted to the rank of Superintendent and later became New Zealand Police’s first female District Commander, leading 1000 staff in her native Canterbury for five years.
Among other firsts, she was the first Director of the Crime Prevention Unit in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Police’s first National Manager of Organisational Performance and New Zealand Police’s first female liaison officer to the Americas, based in Washington DC.
Sandra was the commander of policing around the visit of Prince Charles to New Zealand in 2012. She was the National Commander for policing for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup and ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015, and for three major sports tournaments – including the British and Irish Lions Tour – in 2017.
She was a Contingent Commander in Thailand after the 2004 tsunami. She also worked as Manager of Police’s International Services Group, and served as President of the Police Guild.
Sandra is a former national judo champion and has BSc, MSc and MBA degrees and an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Canterbury. She received the Queen’s Service Medal in 1993.
Sandra retired from Police in January 2018.
Time: 12:30 pm, Monday 23rd July 2018.
Keynote Topic: Controlling Major Sporting Events focusing on the Lions Tour 2017