Liz MacPherson


Liz was elected the IPANZ President at the 84th IPANZ AGM in 2020. She has had a wealth of experience in the public sector in agencies such StatsNZ and the Ministry of Economic Development, and currently in the Office of the Privacy Commissioner as a Deputy Commissioner. She was also the first woman Government Statistician.

Prior to her presidency, Liz was the Interim President following President Jo Cribb’s resignation.

Clare Toufexis

Vice President

Clare is the Vice President of IPANZ and the General Manager of Hāpai Hapori (Community Operations) at Te Tari Taiwhenua (Department of Internal Affairs). She has been a public servant for 18 years and has had roles in delivering citizen centric services such as with SmartStart (New Zealand’s first integrated digital service based on the birth of a child).

Clare has also had career experience in leadership roles in areas of social housing, weathertight houses and dispute resolution. Clare was also born and raised in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) where she lives with her husband and two girls (who keep her busy!).

Clare Toufexis

Joan Smith


Joan is the Treasurer and a long standing Board member of IPANZ. She has vast experience across NGOs and the public sector in senior roles including as a Chief Executive, general manager, chief economist and policy managers in transport, education, forestry and agricultural sectors. She is also a member of the Institute of Directors. Her interests include mentorship and not-for-profit governance. She brings the perspective of New Zealand as a robust, professional and neutral improvements based public sector, all in safeguarding a strong democracy.

Joan was also twice our President and a life member of IPANZ.

Derek Gill

Board Member

Derek is a Board member of IPANZ and is currently the Principal Economist and 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 Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington. He has previously worked in private and public sectors, including as the general manager of the State Services Commission charged with public management systems and other experiences with the OECD, the New Zealand Treasury and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has also been deputy Chief Executive of Child Youth and Families / the Ministry for Social Development.

Derek also has a wealth of governance experience being the long-standing Board Chair and Treasurer on a number of volunteer organisations including Workbridge and Victoria Bridge club.

Mohi Apou

Board Member

Tēnei rā te uri o Taranaki o Tongariro mounga e parawai mā ana ki te au o te Whanganui a Tara. Ko tā tēnei he tirikohu ki ngā tāuteute o te wā ki te pokapū hoki ki Pōneke. Koia e aronui ana ki ngā kura pounamu e puea mai ana i ngā rētōtanga o te wai o Mātauranga, o Tahu Māeneene i hai!

Ko Taranaki te Mounga

Ko Waitōtara te awa

Ko Ngā Rauru Kītahi te iwi

Ko Ngāti Maika te hapū

Ko Pā Karaka te marae

Mohi holds a Master’s degree in Mātauranga Māori (Philosophy) with expertise in creating engagement strategies with a Māori world view. He is a leader in building collaborative cultural inter-relationships with 20 years of experience for the military, Iwi groups, and local and regional authorities. Mohi has provided cultural expertise on a parliament level and has navigated complex discussions between Iwi groups and ministers. He has worked for the Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Education, New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Crown Law Office, Te Puni Kokiri and the Office of Treaty Settlements, and has built an extensive network base of Iwi and government influences across Aotearoa.

Mohi joined WorkSafe in 2018 and began in the new role of National Advisor Māori in July 2018. He has since moved to the Chief Māori Advisor Role within WorkSafe.

Mohi has empowered, coached, and mentored in Tikanga Māori through his career, and facilitated many connections and conversations between the military, justice, iwi groups, and local and regional authorities, especially through his role as Senior Academic Advisor and Senior Lecturer at Te Wānanga o Raukawa.

Mohi Apou

Jeff Osborne

PSA Representative

Jeff is a Board member of IPANZ and is currently the People and Culture Manager at 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.

Aimee Hadrup

Board Member

Aimee is a Board member of IPANZ and leads the Tamariki Wellbeing team at The Southern Initiative, an innovation unit embedded within Auckland Council that is focussed on social and economic transformation for South Auckland.

With a background in Public Health, Aimee has dedicated her career to improving community health and wellbeing through a variety of roles spanning the commissioning, development, implementation and evaluation of prevention-focussed kaupapa. Aimee is passionate about building the capability of the public sector to work differently to tackle the conditions that hold inequity in place. She brings expertise in the fields of systems change, leadership in complexity and social innovation.

Aimee was recently awarded a Harkness Fellowship and will be travelling to the US in late 2023 to visit with the Harvard Centre on the Developing Child and innovative place-based initiatives underway in the US, to help inform thinking around how our public service can better support communities to lead their own wellbeing responses and give children the best start in life.

Callum Butler

Board Member

Callum is a Board member of IPANZ and a Policy Director at Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission. He has been with Te Kawa Mataaho since 2016, advising on a range of matters relating to public administration policy and reform. He was a lead advisor on the legislative reforms resulting in the Public Service Act 2020, and has expertise in cross-agency governance arrangements in the public sector. Callum has advised on a variety of machinery of government changes, legislative processes, and arrangements for leadership and coordination of common functions and workforces across the public service. He also recently led the development of Te Kawa Mataaho’s inaugural long-term insights briefing on public participation in government.

Callum was born and raised in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) where he lives with his wife and daughter. Prior to joining Te Kawa Mataaho, Callum held roles in Wellington consultancies working with government on a variety of policy and management issues. He holds qualifications from Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington, including a Master of Arts in Economics.

Cullum Peni-Wesche MInstD

Co-Chair, New Professionals and Board Member

Ko Tararua te Maunga, ko Manawatū te awa, ko Ngāti Raukawa te iwi. Tīhei mauri ora.

Cullum is a co-chair of IPANZ New Professionals and an IPANZ Board Member. He is currently a Senior Advisor at Fire and Emergency NZ who supports Local Advisory Committees in Tairāwhiti, Hawke's Bay, and Otago to provide independent local advice on community needs, issues and risks. He also deploys internationally with FENZ to support partner agencies respond to large-scale emergencies. His prior work at the Ministry for Primary Industries included leading departmental input to New Zealand Major Event planning and supporting the Border Sector’s response to COVID-19, which was awarded Te Tohu a te Pirimia – the Prime Minister’s Award in 2021. A member of the Institute of Directors, Cullum has a strong background and passion for Māori strategy and strategic engagement.

Liam Russell MInstD

Co-Chair, New Professionals and Board Member

Liam is a co-chair of IPANZ New Professionals and an IPANZ Board Member. Since joining the public service in early 2018, Liam has held a variety of roles across the justice sector. He currently works in The Office of the Chief Justice | Te Tari Toko i te Tumu Whakawā as the judiciary’s senior advisor on governance, strategy and policy - directly supporting the Chief Justice and other heads of bench and working at the constitutional interface between the executive and judicial branches of government.

He holds a Masters of International Relations and a Bachelor of Arts (with a triple major in History, Political Science and International Relations) from Victoria University of Wellington. He has also studied politics and government the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) in Beijing, China and border studies and global governance at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan - and is currently studying part-time toward a Master of Legal Studies at the University of Auckland.

Martina Moroney

Deputy Chair, New Professionals and Board Member

Martina is the deputy chair of the IPANZ New Professionals, an IPANZ Board member and co-lead the New Professionals team in Tāmaki Makaurau. She is the Advocacy and Strategy Lead at Infrastructure New Zealand – Aotearoa’s leading infrastructure member association. Martina is passionate about building a community of practice for new professionals in Auckland and has a background in community sector leadership as well as policy advice.

She holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Auckland, as well as bachelor’s degrees in public policy, French and politics from Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington.