Cancer is the leading cause of death in New Zealand. Each year, around 23,000 people are diagnosed with cancer and 10,000 die from the disease. This burden is not shared equally: Māori, Pacific peoples, those who live in rural and highly deprived areas, people with mental illness and disabled people experience worse cancer outcomes than other New Zealanders.

The Cancer Control Agency has been established to address inequities in cancer outcomes and to drive the system change needed to achieve the ambitious goals set out in the New Zealand Cancer Action Plan 2019-2029 (the Action Plan). The role of the Cancer Control Agency is to provide strong leadership and system-wide prioritisation and coordination of cancer care in Aotearoa. The Agency’s work is intended to be equity-led, knowledge-driven and outcomes-focused, taking a whole-of-system approach to preventing and managing cancer. 

The Chief Executive, Cancer Control Agency is responsible for embedding the Agency as the lynchpin of cancer control in New Zealand, and developing robust systems, procedures, relationships and capabilities to ensure progress towards the goals and outcomes of the Action Plan.

The Chief Executive must be able to think, plan and act strategically, while building strong relationships across the health system, with Māori and Pacific peoples, and with people impacted by cancer, to deliver the Action Plan. The Chief Executive will advise the Government on all aspects of cancer prevention and management in New Zealand, including effective investment to support improved cancer outcomes and nationally consistent care. 

In addition to system leadership, the Chief Executive will lead a newly formed departmental agency, hosted within the Ministry of Health. They will establish the Agency’s operational and strategic capability, and build its culture, agility and core business model. 

Excellent leadership by Public Service chief executives is essential to high performing departments and a high performing Public Service. Chief executives are required to work collaboratively in a spirit of service and strive towards the overall goal of a system of world-class, professional State Services, serving the Government of the day, and meeting the needs of all New Zealanders. 

If you think that you are the right person for this role, an application pack can be downloaded from 

For further information or a confidential discussion about this position, please contact Paul Ingle or Catherine Poutasi at HardyGroup on: 

Paul: M: +61 (0)402 796 125 or via email at

Catherine M: +61(0)432 173 611 or via email at

Completed applications must be submitted to HardyGroup by 5pm on Wednesday 26 February 2020.

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