Al Morrison has been appointed to the newly created role of Deputy Commissioner – Corporate Centre.

In announcing the appointment Deputy State Services Commissioner Sandi Beatie said, “This is an important role at the centre of government that will be responsible for ensuring Central Agencies increase the pace and momentum of change for the delivery of better public services”.

As Deputy Commissioner Corporate Centre Mr Morrison will report directly to the State Services Commissioner, and will also work closely with the Secretary to the Treasury and the Chief Executive of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

These three agencies make up the Corporate Centre, which has been established to collectively lead the State sector and drive improved performance to deliver increased effectiveness through better public services.

Better Public Services is the most significant change to how government services are delivered in 20 years and focuses the entire system on effectively delivering results across whole sectors.

In this role Mr Morrison will be responsible for shaping Central Agency priorities and joint work programmes, where necessary challenging Central Agency performance, and engaging with Ministers and leaders across the State sector.

“This will be a challenging role and is a vital part of the leadership of Better Public Services,” Ms Beatie said.

“Mr Morrison brings outstanding experience at leading and implementing major change and is an excellent communicator which will be of great benefit in his work across the State sector,” she said.

Mr Morrison is currently Chief Executive of the Department of Conservation (DOC).

“The Department of Conservation is currently working on proposals for significant change and Mr Morrison is committed to supporting DOC staff and seeing the process through,” said Ms Beatie.

Mr Morrison will take up his new role from 9 September 2013. He will remain as Chief Executive of DOC until he takes up his new role.

A recruitment process to appoint a new Chief Executive of DOC will commence in the coming weeks.


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Al Morrison joined the Department of Conservation in 2002 and was appointed as Chief Executive and Director General in November 2006. He has been leading the department through a period of significant change to expand conservation achievement and engagement beyond the department’s core work.

Al is an alumnus of the public service Executive Leadership Programme, and is on the board of the Leadership Development Centre. His career path has been through teaching, journalism and broadcasting to the public service.


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