State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie has today announced the appointment of Vicky Robertson as Secretary for the Environment and Chief Executive of the Ministry for the Environment (MfE).

"I am very pleased to appoint Vicky Roberston to this important role, which is vital to the management of New Zealand's environment and natural resources," Mr Rennie said.

Ms Robertson is currently the Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer at The Treasury. She was recently Acting Secretary and Chief Executive of The Treasury from November 2014 to March 2015.

Ms Robertson has extensive experience across a range of complex policy frameworks, including as the Treasury representative on the Land and Water Forum and leading an inter-departmental group on the review of climate change policy. In 2010 she was seconded to the United Nations Development Programme where she led a strategic and structural review of the organisation.

Ms Robertson was Chair of the steering group for the government's mixed ownership model for state owned enterprises. She has also worked extensively with iwi and for the last three years has attended Treaty of Waitangi events as a senior representative. She has been involved in many interdepartmental strategic policy programmes, including the Social Housing Programme, establishment of KiwiSaver and the New Zealand National Retirement Savings Scheme.

"Ms Robertson has a real focus on results and works very effectively with other government agencies, iwi, NGOs and the private sector," said Mr Rennie.

"Her experience working closely and effectively with a wide range of organisations and stakeholders will serve MfE well in its national, regional and community-based environmental work," Mr Rennie said.

Ms Robertson has been appointed for a five year team from 2 June 2015.

Mark Sowden will remain as Acting Chief Executive until Ms Roberston takes up her new position.

The Ministry for the Environment is the Government's primary advisor on laws, regulations and policies that set the framework for environmental management in New Zealand.


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As The Treasury's Deputy Chief Executive, Vicky Robertson has overall responsibility for the Treasury's commercial, financial and corporate operations. She oversaw the Treasury's work to get the best value from the government's commercial investments, manage the country's debt well, and operate effectively as an organisation.

In 2010 she was seconded to the United Nations Development Programme in New York, where she led a strategic and structural review of the organisation.

Vicky previously worked for the Ministry of Commerce, focusing on regulatory and competition policy.

Vicky has a law degree and a Certificate in Legal Studies from Victoria University of Wellington.

She is a former New Zealand hockey representative (1989-1997) and has competed at a national level in mountain biking.

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