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Ms Carolyn Tremain

Chief Executive

Business, Innovation, and Employment, Ministry of / Hīkina Whakatutuki

Appointed on July 2017

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Prof Diana Sarfati

Chief Executive

Cancer Control Agency

Appointed on June 2020

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Mr Lou Sanson

Chief Executive and Director-General of Conservation

Conservation, Department of / Te Papa Atawha

Appointed on September 2013

Jeremy Lightfoot

Mr Jeremy Lightfoot

Chief Executive

Corrections, Department of / Ara Poutama Aotearoa

Appointed on February 2020

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Ms Una Jagose QC


Crown Law Office / Te Tari Ture o te Karauna

Appointed on February 2016

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Ms Bernadette Cavanagh

Chief Executive

Culture and Heritage, Ministry for / Te Manatū Taonga

Appointed on February 2019

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Ms Christine Stevenson

Comptroller of Customs

New Zealand Customs Service / Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa

Appointed on January 2019

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Mr Andrew Bridgman

Chief Executive and Secretary of Defence

Defence, Ministry of / Manatū Kaupapa Waonga

Appointed on July 2019

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Ms Iona Holsted

Chief Executive and Secretary for Education

Education, Ministry of / Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Appointed on December 2016

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Mr Nicholas Pole

Chief Executive and Chief Review Officer

Education Review Office / Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga

Appointed on June 2017

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Ms Vicky Robertson

Chief Executive and Secretary for the Environment

Environment, Ministry for the / Manatū Mō Te Taiao

Appointed on June 2015

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Mr Chris Seed

Chief Executive and Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ministry of / Manatū Aorere

Appointed on February 2019

Andrew Hampton

Mr Andrew Hampton


Government Communications Security Bureau / Te Tira Tiaki

Appointed on April 2016

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Dr Ashley Bloomfield

Chief Executive and Director-General of Health

Health, Ministry of / Manatū Hauora

Appointed on February 2018

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Mr Andrew Crisp

Chief Executive

Ministry of Housing and Urban Development

Appointed on August 2018

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Ms Naomi Ferguson

Chief Executive and Commissioner of Inland Revenue

Inland Revenue Department / Te Tari Taake

Appointed on July 2012

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Mr Paul James

Chief Executive and Secretary for Internal Affairs

Internal Affairs, Department of / Te Tari Taiwhenua

Appointed on October 2018

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Mr Andrew Kibblewhite

Chief Executive

Justice, Ministry of / Tahu o te ture

Appointed on February 2019

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Mr David Gawn MBE

Chief Executive

Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau mā Iwa—Pike River Recovery Agency

Appointed on January 2018

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Ms Gaye Searancke

Chief Executive

Land Information New Zealand / Toitū Te Whenua

Appointed on August 2019

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Mrs Lil Anderson

Chief Executive

Office for Māori Crown Relations – Te Arawhiti

Appointed on January 2019

Mr Dave Samuels

Mr Dave Samuels

Chief Executive

Māori Development, Ministry of / Te Puni Kōkiri

Appointed on September 2019

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Ms Carolyn Schwalger

Acting Chief Executive

National Emergency Management Agency / Te Rākau Whakamarumaru

Appointed on December 2019

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Mrs Gráinne Moss

Chief Executive

Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children

Appointed on September 2016

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Laulu Mac Leauanae

Chief Executive

Pacific Peoples, Ministry for / Te Manatū mō Ngā iwi o Te moana-nui-a-Kiwa

Appointed on July 2017


Mr Ray Smith

Chief Executive and Director-General for Primary Industries

Primary Industries, Ministry for / Manatū Ahu Matua

Appointed on November 2018

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Mr Brook Barrington

Chief Executive

Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of the / Te Tari o te Pirimia mo te Komiti Matua

Appointed on February 2019

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Ms Rebecca Kitteridge CVO

Chief Executive and Director-General of Security

New Zealand Security Intelligence Service / Te Pā Whakamarumaru

Appointed on May 2014

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Ms Julie Read

Chief Executive and Director

Serious Fraud Office / Te Tari Hara Taware

Appointed on October 2013

Dorothy Adams

Ms Dorothy Adams

Chief Executive

Social Investment Agency / Oranga Tangata

Appointed on May 2017

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Ms Debbie Power

Chief Executive

Social Development, Ministry of / Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora

Appointed on February 2019

Peter Hughes

Mr Peter Hughes CNZM

State Services Commissioner and Head of State Services and Chief Executive

State Services Commission / Te Komihana O Ngā Tari Kāwanatanga

Appointed on July 2016

Mark Sowden

Mr Mark Sowden

Chief Executive and Government Statistician

Statistics New Zealand / Tatauranga Aotearoa

Appointed on January 2020

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Mr Peter Mersi

Chief Executive and Secretary for Transport

Transport, Ministry of / Te Manatū Waka

Appointed on July 2016

Dr Caralee McLiesh

Ms Caralee McLiesh

Secretary to the Treasury

Treasury, the / Te Tai Ōhanga

Appointed on September 2019

Renee Graham

Ms Renee Graham

Chief Executive

Women, Ministry for / Minitatanga mō ngā Wāhine

Appointed on June 2017

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