Tue 12 Nov 2019 AT 7:15 am , Wellington

IPANZ New Professionals - Meet the Chiefs Breakfast with Brook Barrington

Join the IPANZ New Professionals Leadership Team for a light breakfast, intraveous coffee and the opportunity to meet Brook Barrington, Chief Executive, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Come at 7.15am for breakfast, the speaker will start at 7.45am. It's an early start but well worth the effort to hear Brook discuss first-hand his career path, highlights and challenges. There will be opportunity to ask questions and engage with Brook as well.

(Please note this event is open to New Professionals only)

About Brook Barrington - Chief Executive, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

Brook Barrington was appointed Chief Executive of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) in February 2019.

Prior to this role he was Chief Executive and Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Brook joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) in 1990 and held a variety of roles both within New Zealand and offshore. The first part of Brook's career in MFAT was spent advancing New Zealand's trade policy interests. He worked across government and the private sector, and had postings to Canberra and Brussels. The later part of that time in MFAT was more focused on political and security issues, including as Foreign Policy Advisor in DPMC and as Ambassador to Thailand for three years.

He left MFAT in 2009 to join the Ministry of Defence. He was Deputy Secretary, Policy and Planning, where he led the development of the 2010 Defence White Paper.

Brook moved to the Ministry of Justice in 2012 and held two Deputy Chief Executive roles. One had a particular focus on improving alignment and governance across the justice sector, and the other DCE role was responsible for day to day operations of the Ministry and ensuring it had the strategy, governance engagement and capability to deliver its core services effectively and efficiently.

Brook returned to MFAT in March 2015 when he was appointed the Chief Executive and Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

He holds a PhD in history from the University of Auckland.