Jo Cribb


I have a portfolio career that includes consulting on gender, policy and strategy projects here and internationally, board appointments, coaching, and public speaking. I lead ANZSOG courses and regularly facilitate governance courses for the Institute of Directors. I was Chief Executive of the Ministry for Women’s Affairs and have a background of research on family violence in the Pacific. Previous to being appointed Chief Executive, I was Deputy Children’s Commissioner. My board roles include the Royal New Zealand Navy Leadership Board, Literacy Aotearoa, and the New Zealand Media Council. I have served on the boards of IHC and VSA.

Anthony Richards

Vice President

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.

Joan Smith


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.

John Larkindale

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.

Derek Gill

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.

Richard Norman

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 Osborne

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.

Mary Slater

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.

Ashleigh Bywater-Schulze

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.

Kavya Shrivastava

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.

Jess Birdsall-Day

Nō Hāmoa, nō Kōtarana ōku tīpuna (My ancestors are from Samoa and Scotland)

I whānau mai au i Ōtautahi, i tipu ake au i Tākiwira (I was born in Christchurch, and grew up in Dargaville)

I began my career as a corporate lawyer at Chapman Tripp, transitioning into policy after completing my LLM (then back to law, then back to policy). I am currently a Senior Analyst at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, working on child poverty reduction policy. Prior to that I worked at MBIE on intellectual property, competition, and consumer policy.

Jess Birdsall-Day

Deborah James

Deborah is currently Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Auckland Council.

Deborah’s career has allowed her to express her strong personal and professional commitment to public service, diversity, equity and inclusion through roles in the community and public sectors. Originally a nurse and a counsellor, Deborah managed an HIV/sexual health counselling service in London and a large humanitarian aid project for women trauma survivors during the war in the Former Yugoslavia.

After returning home to Aotearoa, Deborah completed her law degree and began a policy career in local and central government. Deborah was the local government portfolio adviser to the Minister of Local Government during the Auckland governance reforms and the governance division executive officer at Auckland Council.

Deborah James

Deb Te Kawa

Ko Pohautea te maunga, Ko Waiapu te awa, Te whānau a Hineauta me Pokai nga hapū. Nō Rangiora ahau.

Deb Te Kawa is a North Canterbury-based consultant who provides governance advice and policy support to the private and public sector in Australia and New Zealand. Originally from Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Deb has lived in Rangiora since 2015.

Deb joined Te Puni Kōkiri in 1994 where she worked on contemporary Treaty policy. From there she served in various Minister’s Offices. She was a senior adviser at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, an operational manager with the Ministry of Social Development, and subsequently a performance advisor with the State Services Commission. Eventually, Deb became the lead advisor on the Performance Improvement Framework.

Deb left the public service in March 2015. She continues to provide advice in policy and operational management, mostly mentoring new managers, helping senor officials to negotiate difficult cross-agency issues and helping Crown entities, Crown research institutes, Crown-owned companies and local authorities.

Deb Te Kawa