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 as part of the New Professionals leadership team in 2014. Most recently, I was co-convenor of the 2016 new professionals conference ‘Realising Potential’. I enjoy working with interesting and passionate people and enjoy the opportunity to influence some of the great things on offer to new professionals in the public sector.I am a manager within the Strategy and Innovation team at DOC, working on a range of projects including our relationship with the PSA, and telling the story of how the DOC/Tūhoe partnership has evolved through Te Urewera Act. My strengths are best seen working with people; relationship management, communication, and organisation. My background is in organisational development and I have worked in several agencies across the State Services in this space. My work has centred on leadership and talent management, as well as maximising opportunities for people early in their career.
I have worked in the Justice Sector for over eight years and have a passion for helping keep communities safe and developing staff to realise their potential. I am a manager at the Department of Corrections and am currently in the Department’s Ministerial Services Team. I’ve held a number of acting roles, which have helped broaden my understanding of government. I transferred to the Department’s National Office, from Whangarei, in 2013 and served for a time in the Office of the Minister of Corrections as a Private Secretary. I joined the board in July 2016 to build a network with other like-minded individuals with an interest in improving the quality of public sector services.
I have worked in both private and public sectors in several countries including Australia and The Netherlands. I have a background in project and process management, data and information management and human resources and organisational development I joined Stats NZ in early 2013 as a manager in Statistical Methods, worked in the Office of Government Statistician managing Ministerial and Executive Services, and more recently have taken up the role of senior manager in the Populations Statistics branch. I also worked for the State Services Commission in the people capability and organisational development area.
I joined MFAT in 2012 as Senior Advisor, Performance Measurement. Since then I’ve worked in various parts of MFAT including the Planning, Performance, and Project Management division, the Environment division as well as the New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo. I previously worked for SSC as an Advisor and Statistics New Zealand as an analyst. Like many others, I joined the public sector with an aspiration to make a difference to New Zealand. I believe that IPANZ is an important organisation that provides a platform to connect, inspire and develop those with an interest in public sector issues. I’ve served on the IPANZ board since 2007 and was formerly part of the New Professionals leadership team.
New Professionals Co-convenor
I joined the New Professionals leadership team in March 2015 and since July 2016 have been Co-Convenor of the IPANZ New Professionals. For the past three years, I’ve worked in SSC as part of the team that aims to set the foundation for a future where there is a strong pool of leaders and a credible leadership pipeline for state services agencies. I am also a member of the NZ Asian Leaders network and the first Filipino to join in 2015. I joined the IPANZ board to provide a voice for New Professionals and to ensure that IPANZ remains relevant for future generations of 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 am an independent economic consultant specialising in matters of public finance. I taught at Universities in Australia, England and New Zealand, and was for nine years Professor of Accounting and Finance at the University of Waikato. I served a term as an Associate Commissioner of the Commerce Commission with particular responsibility for consumer protection matters and the deregulation of the Dairy Industry. I joined the Board in July 2016 and am looking forward to bringing my background and skills and experience in governance to bear on the challenges faced by the board.
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.
I joined the Public Service Association’s (PSA) secretariat as National Secretary in 2014 after working at the Post Primary Teachers’ Association as Deputy General Secretary. My role is to progress PSA’s ability to influence the industrial, economic, political and social environment in order to advance our members’ interests. I have many years of service with the union movement, primarily in the public sector. I believe unions are the most effective vehicle for positive societal change and social justice. A strong public service is essential for a civilised and democratic society to flourish.
I was appointed as the statutory Deputy State Services Commissioner and Chief Executive of the State Services Commission in 2015. Prior to that I was the Deputy Chief Executive Service Delivery at the Ministry for Social Development (MSD). I also served in the role of Deputy Chief Executive and Director of the Office of the Chief Executive of MSD. I have worked for over four years (2007-2010) as a Senior Private Secretary in Parliament where I oversaw the interface between the Department and Ministers. I was seconded to work in the UK public sector and have regional leadership experience in Northland.
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.