Mon 19 Sep 2022 AT 17:30 pm

Public Sector Reform - What This Means for New Professionals

Public Sector reform is high risk and resource-intense. It requires a clear vision, strong leadership, and a strong understanding of the things that have and have not worked in previous public sector reform. IPANZ New Professionals have assembled an expert panel to discuss their perspectives on public sector reform, how reform impacts New Professionals, and answer some Q+A.

The event will be opened by a member of Deloitte who authored the recently released 2022 State of the State report - Moving Mountains: Big change for better futures, considers the essential ingredients for successful reform, its role in a modern public sector and economy, and outlines recommendations for potential reformers.


Grant Klinkum - Chief Executive NZQA

Dr Grant Klinkum joined NZQA in early 2014, and has held the roles of Deputy Chief Executive Strategic and Corporate Services and Deputy Chief Executive Quality Assurance. Prior to taking up the Chief Executive role, Grant was seconded to the Ministry of Education as Acting Deputy Secretary for Graduate Achievement, Vocations and Careers.

While working at the Tertiary Education Commission between 2007 and 2014, Grant was responsible at different times for stakeholder engagement, the Chief Executive’s office and the Tertiary Investment function. He has also previously worked as Deputy Chief Executive for an Institute of Technology, and Dean of Faculty at two tertiary education organisations.

Grant has a PhD in Political Science from Victoria University of Wellington, a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Massey University and a Master of Arts from the University of Canterbury.

Grant has a particular interest in both the vision and change elements of reform and has been closely involved in the Reform of Vocational Education.

Deborah Roche - Lead Governance, Partnerships & Risk, Te Whatu Ora | Health New Zealand

Deborah is the interim lead of the Government, Partnerships and Risk function at Te Whatu Ora | Health New Zealand. Prior to this Deborah was in the Transition Unit focussing on implementation design and she led the early phase of the interim New Zealand Health Plan, a key plank of the health reforms. An experienced senior executive, Deborah has held executive roles at ACC, the Ministry for Primary Industries, and the Ministry of Health and has been an advisor to the Prime Minister in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Deborah has also held a senior role in the Department of Health in the United Kingdom during its major NHS reform in the mid-2000s and at a leading UK think tank. Deborah has an MSc from the London School of Economics and initially trained as a physiotherapist.