Functional leads take leadership of organisational functions that are common across the public service. They are designated by the Public Service Commissioner and are intended to secure efficiencies and consistency across the public service in these areas. The leads provide guidance and support to agencies to help them improve capability, and to improve alignment of agency investments and work programmes.

We currently have four areas with functional leads, in addition to those that have been designated as system leads under the Public Service Act 2020:

Rebecca Kitteridge
Government Protective Security Lead

Ray Smith
Health and Safety Lead

Caralee McLiesh
Regulatory Stewardship Lead

Peter Mersi
Diversity and Inclusion co-lead

Gaye Searancke
Diversity and Inclusion co-lead

 

Government Protective Security lead  

The Government Protective Security Lead provides protective security leadership, guidance and support at the chief executive, organisation, and system levels across New Zealand.

The aim of the Government Protective Security Lead is to help lift overall security resilience and embed protective security into New Zealand organisations. They support chief executives to meet their accountabilities for protecting their organisations and addressing security risks and threats that their organisation faces.

Government Protective Lead

  • 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

Health and Safety Lead

The Health and Safety Lead is tasked with providing practical support to chief executives, senior leaders and the health and safety teams of government agencies to enable their personal leadership of health and safety for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

Government and Safety

Diversity and Inclusion Leads

The Diversity and Inclusion Leads are responsible for leading diversity and inclusion progress in the Public Service, and supporting chief executives to meet their obligations and expectations in the Public Service Act 2020 

Papa Pounamu Public Service Work Programme

  • 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

  • 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

Regulatory Stewardship Lead

The Regulatory Stewardship functional leader provides targeted collaboration and support for chief executives managing key regulatory regimes. They work with other chief executives to identify points of vulnerability in these regimes and develop responses based on best practice

Te Tai Ōhanga | The Treasury

  • 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