Ko wai mā ngā Tumu Whakarae o te Ratonga TūmatanuiWho leads the Public Service

Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui | Public Service Leadership Team (PSLT) collectively leads and stewards the Public Service. 

Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui | Public Service Leadership Team

The role of public service chief executives

There are 39 Public Service leaders, which include:

  •  37 Secretaries and Chief Executives
  • 2 Deputy Public Service Commissioners.

There are 18 women (46%) and 21 men (54%).

For a quick reference chart of the current leaders, you can print/download this version (updated November 2022: Public Service Leaders(PDF, 6.3 MB)).

Ngā tumu whakarae manatūDepartmental chief executives

  • Heather Baggott, Te Kawa Mataaho | Deputy Public Service Commissioner

    Te Pou Turuki mō Te Kawa Mataaho | Public Service Commission

    Heather returns to her substantive position of Deputy Public Service Commissioner at Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission. Heather has also been an Assistant Commissioner for Culture and Heritage at Te Kawa Mataaho and has held several senior leadership roles in the justice and culture sectors.

     

     

    Appointed

    October 2021 Te Kawa Mataaho

    Sectors

    Central agencies

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui | Public Service Leadership Team

    Website

    publicservice.govt.nz

  • Brook Barrington, Te Tumu Whakarae mō Te Tari o te Pirīmia me te Komiti Matua | Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Chief Executive

    Te Tari o te Pirīmia me te Komiti Matua | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

    Brook is Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Chief Executive of Te Tari o te Pirimia me te Komiti Matua Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Brook has undertaken diplomatic postings in Canberra and Brussels, and was New Zealand’s Ambassador to Thailand. He has also held deputy chief executive positions at the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Justice.

     

    Appointed

    February 2019

    Sectors 

    Central agencies

    Emergency 

    National security

    Social

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui | Public Service Leadership Team

    Te Pae Aramahi Kaupapa Here | Policy Development Board Chair

    Website

    dpmc.govt.nz

  • Andrew Bridgman, Te Tumu Whakarae mō te Waonga | Secretary of Defence and Chief Executive

    Manatū Kaupapa Waonga | Ministry of Defence

    Andrew is the Secretary of Defence and Chief Executive of Manatū Kaupapa Waonga Ministry of Defence. Before this role, he was Secretary for Justice and Chief Executive at Ministry of Justice, and Deputy Chief Executive, Acting Chief Executive and Acting Director-General at the Ministry of Health. Andrew began his career in the Public Service as a senior solicitor in the Ministry of Māori Development.

     

     

    Appointed

    July 2019

    Sectors

    National security

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui | Public Service Leadership Team

    Website

    defence.govt.nz

  • Karen Chang, Te Tumu Whakarae mō Te Tari Hara Tāware | Director of the Serious Fraud Office and Chief Executive

    Te Tari Hara Tāware | Serious Fraud Office

    Karen is the Director and Chief Executive at Te Tari Hara Tāware Serious Fraud Office. Prior to this, she was Acting General Counsel and Head of Enforcement at the Financial Markets Authority. Karen has also worked as a senior Crown prosecutor, and a commercial and regulatory litigation lawyer in private practice in Auckland, Sydney and New York City.

     

     

    Appointed

    April 2022

    Sectors

    Justice

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Website

    sfo.govt.nz

  • Kellie Coombes, Te Tumu Whakarae mō te Wahine | Secretary for Women and Chief Executive

    Manatū Wāhine | Ministry for Women

    Kellie is Secretary for Women and Chief Executive of Manatū Wāhine Ministry for Women. Kellie was previously Deputy Commissioner, System & Agency Performance Kaikōmihana Tuarua, Te Aromātai Whakatutukitanga at Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission and has held a number of senior leadership roles across the Public Service.

     

     

    Appointed

    June 2021

    Sectors

    Populations and communities

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Website

    women.govt.nz

  • Andrew Crisp, Te Tumu Whakarae mō Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga | Secretary for Housing and Urban Development and Chief Executive

    Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga | Ministry of Housing and Urban Development

    Andrew is Secretary for Housing and Urban Development and Chief Executive of Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. Previously, Andrew was Chief Executive at Land Information New Zealand and held a number of leadership roles across the Public Service including Treasury, the Department of Labour, the Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

     

     

    Appointed

    August 2018

    Sectors

    Housing

    Social 

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Website

    hud.govt.nz

  • Tuaopepe Abba Fidow, Te Tumu Whakarae mō ngā Iwi o Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa | Secretary for Pacific Peoples

    Te Tumu Whakarae mō ngā Iwi o Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa | Secretary for Pacific
    Peoples

    Tuaopepe is the Secretary for Pacific Peoples and Chief Executive of the Ministry for Pacific Peoples.

    Tuaopepe joined the Ministry in July 2019 from the senior leadership team at Pacific mental health and addiction provider Le Va Pasifika, where he was Senior Manager. Over this time, he has held roles as Chief Advisor - Regional Partnerships, and Deputy Secretary - Regional Partnerships and Service Delivery.  

    Appointed 

    October 2022 

    Sectors

    Populations and communities

    Website

    mpp.govt.nz

  • Bryn Gandy, Te Tumu Whakarae mō ngā Waka | Secretary for Transport and Chief Executive

    Te Manatū Waka | Ministry of Transport

    Bryn is Secretary for Transport and Chief Executive of Te Tumu Whakarae mō ngā Waka Ministry of Transport. He is an experienced Public Service leader, having held senior roles in the defence, health, internal affairs, justice, and social and children’s sectors. Prior to this he was Deputy Chief Executive, Strategy, Governance and People at the Ministry of Defence, and he has previously led agency and sector policy and strategy initiatives.

     

    Appointed

    July 2022

    Sectors

    Border

    Environment

    International and trade

    National security

    Transport

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Website

    transport.govt.nz

  • Andrew Hampton, Te Tumu Whakarae mō Te Tira Tiaki | Director-General of the Communications Security Bureau and Chief Executive

    Te Tira Tiaki | Government Communications Security Bureau

    Andrew is Director-General of Te Tira Tiaki Government Communications Security Bureau and the Government Chief Information Security Officer. Prior to joining the GCSB, Andrew held senior positions in the justice sector including Director of the Office of Treaty Settlements, Deputy Secretary for Courts, and Deputy Chief Executive at the Crown Law Office.

     

     

    Appointed

    April 2016

    Sectors

    National security

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Information security lead

    Website

    gcsb.govt.nz

  • Iona Holsted, Te Tumu Whakarae mō te Mātauranga | Secretary for Education and Chief Executive

    Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga | Ministry of Education

    Iona is Secretary for Education and Chief Executive of Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga Ministry of Education. Prior to this role, Iona was Chief Review Officer and Chief Executive at the Education Review Office and Deputy Chief Executive at the Ministry for Social Development. Iona has also held roles in the Public Service Association, Newtown Union Health Service, and the then State Services Commission (now Public Service Commission). 

     

    Appointed

    December 2016

    Sectors

    Education

    Social

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Website

    education.govt.nz

  • Peter Hughes CNZM, Te Tumu Whakarae mō Te Kawa Mataaho | Public Service Commissioner, Head of Service

    Te Kawa Mataaho | Public Service Commission

    Peter is the Public Service Commissioner at Te Kawa Mataaho. He started his career in the Public Service as a clerk at the Department of Social Welfare, and his roles have included policy advice, working in the field and senior executive management. Prior to this role, Peter was Chief Executive of the Ministry of Education. Before that appointment, Peter was Professor of Public Management and Head of the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington.

     

    Appointed 

    July 2016

    Sectors

    Central agencies

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Māori Crown Relations

    Te Pae Aramahi Pūnaha System Development Board Chair

    Website

    publicservice.govt.nz

  • Una Jagose QC, Te Rōiā Matāmua o te Karauna | Solicitor-General

    Te Tari Ture o te Karauna | Crown Law Office

    Una is Solicitor-General at Te Tari Ture o te Karauna Crown Law Office. She has previously held positions as Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau and as a legal advisor at the Ministry of Fisheries and the Ministry of Consumer Affairs.

     

     

    Appointed

    February 2016

    Sectors

    Central agencies

    Justice

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Website

    crownlaw.govt.nz

  • Paul James, Te Tumu Whakarae mō te Taiwhenua | Secretary for Internal Affairs and Chief Executive

    Te Tari Taiwhenua | Department of Internal Affairs

    Paul is Secretary for Internal Affairs and Chief Executive for Te Tari Taiwhenua Department of Internal Affairs. Paul also holds the roles of Secretary for Local Government and Government Chief Digital Officer. He was previously the Chief Executive for Manatū Taonga, Ministry for Culture and Heritage from August 2015.

     

     

    Appointed 

    October 2018

    Sectors

    Central agencies

    Cultural

    Environment

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Digital lead

    Website

    dia.govt.nz

  • Andrew Kibblewhite, Te Tumu Whakarae mō te Ture | Secretary for Justice and Chief Executive

    Te Tāhū o te Ture | Ministry of Justice

    Andrew is Secretary for Justice and Chief Executive of Te Tāhū o te Ture Ministry of Justice. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Deputy Chief Executive at Treasury, Director of the Policy Advisory Group at Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and General Manager Strategic Development at the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology.

     

    Appointed

    February 2019

    Sectors

    Justice

    Social 

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Website

    justice.govt.nz

  • Rebecca Kitteridge CVO, Te Tumu Whakarae mō Te Pā Whakamarumaru | Director-General of Security and Chief Executive

    Te Pā Whakamarumaru | New Zealand Security Intelligence Service

    Rebecca is Director-General of Security at Te Pā Whakamarumaru New Zealand Security Intelligence Service. Rebecca came to the NZSIS after roles as Secretary of the Cabinet and Clerk of the Executive Council within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC). She served under 4 prime ministers and 4 governors-general in her roles in DPMC.

     

     

    Appointed

    May 2014

    Sectors

    National security

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Website

    nzsis.govt.nz

  • Laulu Mac Leauanae, Te Tumu Whakarae mō ngā Taonga | Secretary for Culture and Heritage

    Te Tumu Whakarae mō ngā Taonga | Secretary for Culture and Heritage

    Laulu is appointed as Secretary for Culture and Heritage. Prior to this appointment he was Secretary for Pacific Peoples and Chief Executive of Te Manatū mō Ngā Iwi ō te Moana-nui-ā-Kiwa Ministry for Pacific Peoples. He has held roles as Chief Executive at Pacific Cooperation Foundation, General Manager at Pure Pacifika Limited, and Pacific Health Manager at ProCare Health Limited. 

     

     

    Appointed

    October 2022

    Sectors

    Populations and communities

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Website

    mch.govt.nz

    mpp.govt.nz

  • Jeremy Lightfoot, Te Tumu Whakarae mō Ara Poutama Aotearoa | Secretary for Corrections and Chief Executive

    Ara Poutama Aotearoa | Department of Corrections

    Jeremy is Secretary for Corrections and Chief Executive of Ara Poutama Aotearoa Department of Corrections. Jeremy has held numerous roles since joining Corrections, including Deputy CE, General Manager of Finance, Technology and Commercial, and National Commissioner.

     

     

    Appointed 

    February 2020

    Sectors

    Justice

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Website

    corrections.govt.nz

  • Dr Caralee McLiesh PSM, Te Tumu Whakarae mō Te Tai Ōhanga | Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Executive

    Te Tai Ōhanga | The Treasury

    Caralee is Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Executive of Te Tai Ōhanga the Treasury. Previously she worked as Managing Director at Technical and Further Education, New South Wales (NSW) and held several deputy secretary roles at the NSW Treasury. Caralee has also worked at the World Bank in Washington DC, the International Red Cross and the Boston Consulting Group.

     

     

    Appointed

    September 2019

    Sectors

    Central agencies

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Website

    treasury.govt.nz

  • Peter Mersi, Kaikōmihana o Te Tari Taake | Commissioner of Inland Revenue and Chief Executive

    Te Tari Taake | Inland Revenue Department

    Peter is the Commissioner and Chief Executive of Te Tari Taake Inland Revenue. He was previously COVID-19 system leader, on secondment from his substantive role as Secretary for Transport and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Transport, a position he held since 2016. He also previously served as Chief Executive, Land Information New Zealand, and Acting Secretary for Internal Affairs, Department of Internal Affairs. Before his chief executive roles, Peter was a Deputy Commissioner at Inland Revenue and a Deputy Secretary at the Treasury for 7 years.

     Appointed

    July 2022

    Sectors

    Business

    Social

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Website

    ird.govt.nz

  • Penny Nelson, Te Tumu Whakarae mō Te Papa Atawhai | Director-General of Conservation and Chief Executive

    Te Papa Atawhai | Department of Conservation

    Penny is Director-General of Conservation at Te Papa Atawhai Department of Conservation. Before this role, Penny was Deputy Director-General for Biosecurity NZ and Deputy Director-General Policy and Trade at the Ministry for Primary Industries. Penny has worked across a range of areas of government, including the environment, economic development and social development.

     

     

    Appointed

    November 2021

    Sectors

    Environment

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Website

    doc.govt.nz

  • Nicholas Pole, Te Tumu Whakarae mō te Arotake Mātauranga | Chief Review Officer and Chief Executive

    Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga | Education Review Office

    Nick is Chief Review Officer and Chief Executive of Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga Education Review Office. He was previously the Deputy Chief Executive for the Ministry of Social Development, and spent time heading up special education services at the Ministry of Education. He has also served as Deputy Secretary with the Victorian State Department of Education and Training.

     

     

    Appointed

    June 2017

    Sectors

    Education

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Website

    ero.govt.nz

  • Debbie Power, Te Tumu Whakarae mō te Whakahiato Ora | Secretary for Social Development and Chief Executive

    Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora | Ministry of Social Development

    Debbie is Secretary for Social Development and Chief Executive of Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora Ministry of Social Development. She began her career on the frontline of the Public Service when she was 16 years old. Since then she has held a range of senior roles at Ministry of Social Development including Deputy Chief Executive, Service Delivery; Deputy Chief Executive, Office of the Chief Executive; and Regional Commissioner, Northland. She was previously the Statutory Deputy State Services Commissioner at the then State Services Commission (now Public Service Commission).

    Appointed

    February 2019

    Sectors

    Housing

    Populations and communities

    Social

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Regional lead

    Website

    msd.govt.nz

  • Helene Quilter, Te Pou Turuki mō Te Kawa Mataaho | Deputy Public Service Commissioner

    Public Service Commission | Te Kawa Mataaho

    Helene is the Deputy Public Service Commissioner, working closely with the Public Service Commissioner to provide leadership and oversight of the Public Service. Prior to joining Te Kawa Mataaho in 2019 as the Deputy State Services Commissioner, she was appointed Secretary of Defence and Chief Executive in 2012. Helene has also held deputy chief executive positions at the Ministry of Social Development and the State Services Commission.

    Appointed

    July 2019

    Sectors

    Central agencies

    Website

    publicservice.govt.nz

  • Vicky Robertson, Te Tumu Whakarae mō te Taiao | Secretary for the Environment and Chief Executive

    Manatū Mō Te Taiao | Ministry for the Environment

    Vicky is Secretary for the Environment and Chief Executive of Manatū Mō Te Taiao Ministry for the Environment. Before this, Vicky held the positions of Deputy Chief Executive, Chief Operating Officer, Acting Secretary and Chief Executive at The Treasury.

     

     

    Appointed

    June 2015

    Sectors

    Environment

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Website

    environment.govt.nz

  • Dave Samuels, Te Tumu Whakarae mō Te Puni Kōkiri | Secretary for Māori Development and Chief Executive

    Te Puni Kōkiri – Ministry of Māori Development

    Dave (Waikato-Tainui, Te Whakatōhea) is Secretary for Māori Development and Chief Executive of Te Puni Kōkiri. Prior to this role, Dave was growing trade and market access in New Zealand’s primary industries in the Middle East and Asia and also lead the Policy unit at Te Puni Kōkiri. His career began as an infantry officer in the New Zealand Army.

     

     

    Appointed

    September 2019

    Sectors

    Populations and communities

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Māori Crown Relations

    Website

    tpk.govt.nz

  • Professor Diana Sarfati, Te Tumu Whakarae mō te Hauora | Director-General of Health and Chief Executive

    Manatū Hauora | Ministry of Health

    Diana is Director-General of Health and Chief Executive of Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health. Previously she was Chief Executive of Te Aho o Te Kahu Cancer Control Agency. Before that role, Diana was Head of the Department of Public Health, and Director of the Cancer and Chronic Conditions research group at University of Otago, Wellington. She has led a large body of research relating to disparities in cancer outcomes. 

     

    Appointed

    July 2022

    Sectors

    Border

    Health

    Social

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Website

    health.govt.nz

  • Gaye Searancke, Te Tumu Whakarae mō Toitū Te Whenua | Secretary for Land Information and Chief Executive

    Toitū Te Whenua | Land Information New Zealand

    Gaye is Secretary for Land Information and Chief Executive of Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand. Previously, Gaye was Deputy Commissioner at Inland Revenue and has held senior leadership roles at ACC, the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

     

     

    Appointed

    August 2019

    Sectors

    Business

    Environment

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Te Pae Aramahi Whakahaere Operations Development Board Chair

    Website

    linz.govt.nz

  • Chris Seed, Te Tumu Whakarae mō ngā Take Aorere | Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Chief Executive

    Manatū Aorere | Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

    Chris is Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Chief Executive of Manatū Aorere Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Previously, he served 5 years as New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Australia, and prior to that was Deputy Secretary for the Australia, Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa Group. Chris has also served as High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, and has completed postings in Tehran, Canberra and London. Chris also spent some time in the Ministry of Defence as Deputy Secretary, Policy and Planning from 2004–2008. 

     

    Appointed

    February 2019

    Sectors

    Border

    International and trade

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Website

    mfat.govt.nz

  • Ray Smith, Te Tumu Whakarae mō ngā Ahumahi Matua | Director-General of Primary Industries and Chief Executive

    Manatū Ahu Matua | Ministry for Primary Industries

    Ray is Director-General of Manatū Ahu Matua Ministry for Primary Industries. Prior to this role, Ray served as Chief Executive of the Department of Corrections and Deputy Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Development’s Child, Youth and Family, now Oranga Tamariki.

     

     

    Appointed

    November 2018

    Sectors

    Border

    Business

    Environment

    International and trade

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Website

    mpi.govt.nz

  • Christine Stevenson, Te Tumu Whakarae mō Te Mana Ārai | Comptroller of Customs and Chief Executive

    Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa | New Zealand Customs Service

    Christine is Chief Executive and Comptroller of Customs of Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa New Zealand Customs Service, and Chair of the chief executive level of the Border Executive Board. Prior to joining Customs, Christine was Deputy Chief Executive of the Department of Corrections and Deputy Chief Executive at the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Social Development.

     

     

    Appointed

    January 2019

    Sectors

    Border

    International and trade

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Website

    customs.govt.nz

  • Mark Sowden, Te Tumu Whakarae mō Tatauranga Aotearoa | Government Statistician and Chief Executive

    Tatauranga Aotearoa | Stats NZ

    Mark is Government Statistician and Chief Executive of Tatauranga Aotearoa Stats NZ. He also holds the role as Government Chief Data Steward, supporting government to realise the potential of data to improve wellbeing, while maintaining and building trust in its use. Mark’s previous roles include Deputy Chief Executive at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and Deputy Chief Executive at Stats NZ.

     

    Appointed

    January 2020

    Sectors

    Central agencies

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Functional Lead (Chief Data Steward)

    Digital Government Leadership Group 

    Website

    stats.govt.nz

  • Chappie Te Kani, Te Tumu Whakarae mō te Tamariki | Secretary for Children and Chief Executive

    Oranga Tamariki | Oranga Tamariki Ministry for Children

    Chappie is Secretary for Children and Chief Executive of Oranga Tamariki Ministry for Children. Prior to this role, he was Head of System Assurance and Continuous Improvement in the COVID-19 group at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He has also served as Assistant Commissioner at the Public Service Commission.

     

     

    Appointed

    October 2021

    Sectors

    Justice

    Social 

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Website

    orangatamariki.govt.nz

  • Carolyn Tremain, Te Tumu Whakarae mō Hīkina Whakatutuki | Secretary for Business, Innovation, and Employment and Chief Executive

    Hīkina Whakatutuki | Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment

    Carolyn is Secretary for Business, Innovation and Employment and Chief Executive of Hīkina Whakatutuki Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Prior to this role, she was Chief Executive and Comptroller of New Zealand Customs Service, and Deputy Commissioner Service Delivery and Deputy Commissioner People, Capabilities and Governance at Inland Revenue.

     

     

    Appointed

    July 2017

    Sectors

    Border

    Business

    International and trade

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Leadership Team

    Te Pae Aramahi o Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Development Board Chair

    Property lead

    Procurement lead

    Website

    mbie.govt.nz

Ngā tumu whakarae manatūDepartmental agency chief executives

  • David Gawn, Te Tumu Whakarae | Chief Executive, Te Rākau Whakamarumaru | National Emergency Management Agency

    Te Rākau Whakamarumaru | National Emergency Management Agency

    David is Chief Executive of Te Rākau Whakamarumaru National Emergency Management Agency. Previously he was Chief Executive of the Pike River Recovery Agency, Head of Mission and Chief of Staff at the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation and served as Chief of Army and Commander Joint Forces in the New Zealand Defence Force.

     

     

    Appointed

    January 2018

    Sectors

    Emergency

    Website

    civildefence.govt.nz

  • Renee Graham, Te Tumu Whakarae | Chief Executive. Toi Hau Tāngata | Social Wellbeing Agency and Te Pou Turuki mō Te Kawa Mataaho | Deputy Public Service Commissioner

    Toi Hau Tāngata | Social Wellbeing Agency
    Te Kawa Mataaho | Public Service Commission  

    Renee (Ngāti Toa and Ngāti Raukawa) is Chief Executive of Toi Hau Tāngata the Social Wellbeing Agency and Deputy Public Service Commissioner at Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission. Previously Renee was the Secretary for Women and Chief Executive of the Ministry for Women and held senior policy roles at the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social Development. Renee started her career as a frontline case manager at Work and Income. 

     

    Appointed

    June 2021 Toi Hau Tāngata Social Wellbeing Agency

    July 2022 Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission  

    Sectors

    Social

    Central agencies

    Leadership groups

    Te Pae Aramahi Rangatōpū | Corporate Development Board Chair

    Website

    swa.govt.nz

    publicservice.govt.nz

     

  • Nicola Hill, Te Tumu Whakarae | Chief Executive, Te Aho o Te Kahu | Cancer Control Agency

    Te Aho o Te Kahu | Cancer Control Agency

      

    Nicola is the Chief Executive of Te Aho o Te Kahu Cancer Control Agency. Previously she was General Manager of Te Aho o Te Kahu in 2019, and held roles at the Ministry of Health, including Acting Group Manager of the Strategy Group, Manager of Investment Approach, Strategy and Policy and as Senior Advisor to the Director-General of Health.

     

    Appointed

    July 2022

    Sectors

    Health

    Website

    teaho.govt.nz

  • Mervin Singham, Te Tumu Whakarae | Chief Executive, Te Tari Mātāwaka | Ministry for Ethnic Communities

    Te Tari Mātāwaka | Ministry for Ethnic Communities

    Mervin is Chief Executive of Te Tari Mātāwaka Ministry for Ethnic Communities. Previously he led the Office of Ethnic Affairs and was Executive Director of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions. Mervin has worked in several senior leadership roles at the Department of Internal Affairs, as Chief Mediator at the Human Rights Commission and as Complaints Manager at the Office of the Race Relations Conciliator.

     Appointed

    June 2021

    Sectors

    Populations and communities

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui  | Public Service Leadership Team

    Website

    ethniccommunities.govt.nz

  • Paula Tesoriero MNZM, Te Tumu Whakarae | Chief Executive, Whaikaha | Ministry of Disabled People

    Whaikaha | Ministry of Disabled People

    Paula is Chief Executive of Whaikaha — Ministry of Disabled People. Previously Paula held the position of Disability Rights Commissioner and Acting Chief Human Rights Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission. Prior to this she was General Manager, System and Partnerships at Stats NZ, General Manager, High Courts at the Ministry of Justice, and Manager, Service Design at the Ministry of Justice. Paula has served in various governance roles including as Deputy Chair of Peke Waihanga — Artificial Limb Service and Deputy Chair of Nuku Ora (previously Sport Wellington) and she served on the Board of Paralympics NZ. She is a life trustee of the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation and is an honorary advisor to the Asia New Zealand Foundation. Paula is also a Paralympian, winning a gold medal and 2 bronze medals at the 2008 Summer Paralympic Games in Beijing.

    Appointed

    August 2022

    Sector

    Populations and communities

    Website

    whaikaha.govt.nz

  • Glenn Webber, Te Tumu Whakarae | Chief Executive, Te Arawhiti | Te Arawhiti Office for Māori Crown Relations

    Te Arawhiti | Te Arawhiti Office for Māori Crown Relations

    Glenn is Chief Executive of Te Arawhiti Office of Māori Crown Relations. Glenn has worked in the Public Service for over 25 years in a variety of roles that have focused mainly on Māori development and improving the Māori Crown relationship. Previously, Glenn has been a Chief Crown Negotiator working with Te Arawhiti and iwi to develop and agree Treaty settlements that address historical grievances. Glenn was also seconded to the Te Arawhiti leadership team for a period in 2020. Glenn’s prior roles have included Director of Local Government in the Department of Internal Affairs and a period in the Australian Public Service with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, based in Canberra. Glenn is of Kahungunu and Rongomaiwahine descent.   

    Appointed

    March 2022

    Sectors

    Central agencies

    Leadership groups

    Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui | Public Service Leadership Team

    Māori Crown Relations

    Website

    tearawhiti.govt.nz