I work as a consultant. I am involved in developing and executing strategy, engaging with decision makers and finding solutions to complex policy and organisational challenges. I was Chief Executive of the Ministry for Women’s Affairs and have a background of research on family violence in the Pacific. After more than a decade in senior leadership roles I also bring financial management and strategic planning experience. Previous to being appointed Chief Executive, I was Deputy Children’s Commissioner. I have been part of a number of NGO boards, including VSA and IHC and spent more than six years as a trustee of my children’s school. I am Chair of Scots College. I have completed the Institute of Director’s Company Directors Training and a number of its NGO governance courses.
I am the Vice President of IPANZ and a long serving board member. I am currently working as a Principal Analyst with the Ministry of Transport. Prior to that, I was with the NZ Transport Agency and before that with the Policy Group at the Department of Internal Affairs. This included managing a number of policy teams including those dealing with fire, civil defence and local government. Other agencies I’ve worked for include the former Department of Labour and Ministry of Commerce. I also served a period as private secretary to the Minister of Local Government.
I am the Treasurer of IPANZ and a long-serving Board member, twice past President and a Life Member. I was the chief executive of several NGOs, including Presbyterian Support Central. I also held general manager, chief economist and policy manager positions in government departments and crown agencies in the transport, education, forestry and agricultural sectors. I am a member of the Institute of Directors. Not-for-profit governance and mentoring are my current professional interests. New Zealand and the government of the day needs a robust, professional, neutral and improvements-focussed public sector to ensure a strong democracy. I believe IPANZ helps contribute toward this aim.
Immediate Past President
I am a retired public servant and was IPANZ President from March 2013 to July 2017. I joined the (then) Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1972 and in the course of my career served in New Zealand diplomatic missions abroad in Vienna, Washington, Beijing, London, Moscow and Canberra, the last two as Head of Mission. In 2002 I was appointed Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade. I was also responsible for organising the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Auckland in 1995.
I joined IPANZ because I believe very strongly that the fundamental principles underpinning our system of government, the role of the public sector in particular, is an under-appreciated tāonga and needs to be promoted and advocated for.
New Professionals Co-convenor
I joined IPANZ New Professionals Team leadership team late 2016 to support those new to the public sector workforce and to work alongside other like-minded individuals. I became Co-Convenor in November 2017.
I work within Parliamentary Service in Business Process Management. I want to help create new opportunities to support people under the New Professionals umbrella; and to ensure we are constantly growing, flexible and supportive to our present new professionals and future public servants.
I am the Principal Economist
& Head of Public Good at the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research
(NZIER) and a Research Associate at the Institute of Governance and Policy
Studies at VUW. In recent years, I have extensively researched, taught
and published on a range of public policy and management issues, while based at
the School of Government at VUW.
My previous experience spans work in the public and private not-for-profit sectors. I was the general manager at State Services Commission with responsibility for the public management system, deputy Chief Executive in CYF/MSD, with the OECD, a range of positions in the NZ Treasury, as well as a diplomat based in Washington DC. I have served as a long-standing Board Chair and Treasurer on a number of voluntary organisations. I currently serve on the boards of Workbridge and the Victoria Bridge Club.
I joined NZQA in early 2014, following seven years at TEC in senior management roles. While at TEC, I led engagement with the tertiary education sector as General Manager of Tertiary Investment. I previously worked at an institute of technology as Deputy Chief Executive, and was the Dean of Faculty at two tertiary education organisations. I joined the IPANZ board in July 2015.
Auckland Network Convenor
With interests in economic and community development, I am a Commercial Manager within the Immigration Group of MBIE. I work with Chambers of Commerce, Citizens Advice Bureau NZ and other NGOs in operationalising and delivering against the Cabinet-approved Migrant Settlement and Integration Strategy. My background includes communications and marketing roles for economic development agency, Enterprise North Shore (now part of ATEED) and Kiwi Co-operative Dairies and with Air New Zealand, where I won tourism and inflight entertainment awards for the international part of the airline.
I have been an IPANZ board member and the Auckland Network Convenor since June 2014. I joined to encourage more IPANZ seminars to be hosted in Auckland.
I teach human resource management and training and development at the Management School at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW). I’ve specialised in researching lessons from New Zealand’s adoption of results – oriented accountability systems for its public sector.Before joining VUW in 1994, I was manager of Training Works, the training unit of SSC. I initially worked as a journalist and as a trainer of journalists, and as a trainer in the finance sector and publisher of advice for small businesses. I joined the IPANZ board in July 2014.
Jeff is an assistant Secretary for the New Zealand Public Service Association, Te Pukenga Here Tikanga Mahi. He has worked across most areas in the public service and the wider state sector, supporting workplace relations, the negotiation of job terms and conditions, and organisational development and change. In his 20 years with the PSA, Jeff has been firmly supportive of the role of the public sector's contribution to the development and maintenance of New Zealand. Jeff has worked closely with many public sector staff, and is committed to the need for those staff to play an active role in improving the future of their working lives.
I am currently involved in public sector programme work, and restorative justice facilitation. I have previously worked in Public Service agencies both in New Zealand and Australia. Until 2016, I was an Assistant Commissioner at SSC. I have also worked for both Treasury and DPMC; and for the State Services Authority in Victoria, Australia. Prior to that I worked in the PSA and the Nurses Organisation - as lead advocate, researcher and organiser. I am a member of the Institute of Directors, and completed its five-day directors’ course in late 2015. I am a vice-chair of Alzheimers NZ, and until recently was on the board of Alzheimers Wellington. Between 1998 and 2000 I was a member, and chair, of the board of Wellington East Girls' College.
IPANZ has an excellent reputation, and is very well-placed to promote and facilitate discussions on the future of the public sector.
New Professionals Co-convenor (Wellington)
I work as a Portfolio Manager at Land Information New Zealand. I manage New Zealand’s Crown-owned land for best use, including disposal of crown land. Previously, I worked part-time at Ministry of Justice while studying for my Bachelor of Commerce at Victoria University (majoring in Economics, International Business and Marketing).
I joined the IPANZ New Professional leadership team in late 2018 and became co- convener. I am interested in fostering a community for new professionals in the public sector. I have enjoyed attending and supporting IPANZ events which provide a great opportunity to meet like minded people.