A commitment to serving
Public Service Commissioner’s Commendation for Frontline Excellence recipient Dr Mary van Beest van Andel from Ministry for Primary Industries standing in office

Dr Mary van Beest van Andel is motivated by a desire to serve New Zealand.

Every day, she brings the highest standards of integrity and care to her job as a Senior Epidemiologist with the Ministry for Primary Industries and Principal Adviser to the agency’s Chief Science Advisor.

Her tenacity, commitment and passion for the job inspires those around her. Mary leads epidemiology for the Mycoplasma Bovis programme, and her intelligence and initiative have been integral to the success of the programme. She was seconded to the Ministry of Health and Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to help with the response to COVID-19.

Mary’s courage in challenging conventional thinking or approaches, and her commitment to achieving ambitious outcomes for New Zealanders, made her a worthy recipient of Te Tohu Amorangi a Te Kawa Mataaho | The Public Service Commissioner's Commendation for Frontline Excellence.

Public Service People

The Commission has general oversight of workforce matters in the Public Service. There are several ways in which people strategies in the Public Service contribute to a service in which New Zealanders can have trust and have confidence.

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