Our senior leadership team
Our senior leadership team works collaboratively to set and guide our strategic direction.
Carolyn has over 20 years' experience leading large, complex service delivery organisations, and substantial change management programmes.
Carolyn joined us from the NZ Customs Service, where she was the Chief Executive and Comptroller.
As well as her Chief Executive responsibilities, Carolyn is Chair of the Public Sector Auckland Career Board, and a member of the Victoria University of Wellington Business School Advisory Board.
Before joining Customs in 2011, Carolyn held the roles of Deputy Commissioner Service Delivery and Deputy Commissioner People, Capabilities, and Governance at Inland Revenue. She was responsible for front-line service delivery functions including audit and investigations, contact centres, customer operations, customer and product innovation, litigation management, and the integration of new government programmes.
Earlier in her career, Carolyn worked for Air New Zealand where she was head of the Human Resources and Organisational Change.
Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Victoria University of Wellington.
Nigel leads the Provincial Development Unit (PDU), which is tasked with leading the Provincial Growth Fund’s design, administration and monitoring.
Previously Nigel was Deputy Chief Executive of Immigration New Zealand for 8 years.
Nigel is an experienced senior public service leader with an extensive background in change management, service delivery and policy.
He came to Immigration New Zealand from the Department of Building and Housing where he worked for 9 years, most recently as Deputy Chief Executive, Sector Capability. He began his career with 10 years at the Department of Social Welfare.
In 2000 he won a Chevening Aotearoa Fellowship to study in England. He was in the first intake for the Executive Leadership Programme and graduated in 2006 with an Executive Masters of Public Administration from Victoria University.
Melleny has spent the last 4 years in the Policy Advisory Group in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC), providing advice across a range of economic portfolio areas to 3 Prime Ministers, and to the chairs of economic Cabinet committees. She brings a deep understanding of how the executive branch of government operates, and a broad network of relationships across the central and economic agencies.
Before joining DPMC, Melleny held a range of organisational performance and policy roles, including Director of Strategy at the Ministry for Primary Industries, and various roles at the Treasury. Melleny grew up in Gisborne and moved to Wellington to study economics at Victoria University.
Chris leads our Building, Resources and Markets Group, which works with regulators such as the Financial Markets Authority and the Commerce Commission.
The Group’s role supports a fair, competitive business environment and well-functioning telecommunications, building and construction and resources markets. It also serves as the Government's Procurement Functional Leader and the Government's Property Functional Leader.
Read more about our Building, Resources and Markets Group
Before his current role, Chris spent 4 years as a General Manager in our building and construction and housing branches.
Chris has held various public sector policy roles in New Zealand and abroad including The Treasury (New Zealand and United Kingdom) and the Ministry of Social Development. He also spent time in the UK supporting government procurement of infrastructure (mainly schools and urban regeneration projects).
Stewart is the Chief Financial Officer and leads our Finance and Performance group. This group, which encompasses all finance functions together with property, procurement and payroll, provides information, insights and support to our leaders.
Stewart has significant experience in finance, senior management and leadership. He has held a number of CFO and executive roles, most recently with the New Zealand Racing Board, ASB, AMP and Westpac.
He has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, is a Chartered Accountant and Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and is also a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
Megan leads the Corporate, Governance and Information group, which provides a range of internal services including: legal, information communications technology, human resources, communications, ministerial servicing, information management, risk and assurance, evidence and insights, organisational governance and strategy. The group also monitors Crown Entity performance.
Megan was previously Chief Executive at NZ Health Partnerships which is owned by New Zealand's 20 district health boards. It delivers national programmes and services. She was also Chief Executive of Health Purchasing Victoria.
Before joining the health sector Megan held senior line management and consulting roles in a range of industries including fast-moving consumer goods, manufacturing and professional services.
Jarred is the DCE Strategic Policy and Programmes (acting). The Strategic Policy and Programmes group helps set our microeconomic strategy. The group also oversees our contribution to improve Auckland’s economic performance, the Government’s Māori economic development strategy and Action Plan He Kai Kei Aku Ringa, and works to improve economic outcomes for Pasifika.
Before becoming the acting DCE for Strategic Policy and Programmes, Jared was the Director of Sector Policy at the Ministry for Primary Industries. He has recently been acting in the position of Deputy Director-General of Policy & Trade. Before working at MPI, Jarred was an Associate Director at Deloitte New Zealand and a manager at Inland Revenue.
Jarred has a background in finance and financial management. He is focused on strategic thinking and connecting across agencies and external stakeholders.
Greg leads Immigration New Zealand which provides stewardship of the immigration system to facilitate and protect New Zealand’s interests. It aims to deliver outstanding immigration services, bringing the best people to New Zealand to make it prosper.
Greg previously held roles as our Deputy Chief Executive (DCE) for the Market Services group, and acting DCE for our Corporate, Governance and Information group.
Before joining us, Greg was the Deputy Secretary for Commercial Solutions within the former Ministry of Economic Development (MED). He joined MED in November 2009 as Chief Information Officer and later was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Commercial Solutions Branch.
Before joining MED, he worked as an independent consultant in the areas of technology and management, across New Zealand and Australia.
Suzanne is the newly-appointed DCE Market Services. Market Services Group supports fair markets that thrive delivered through excellence in system stewardship.
Suzanne’s most recent role was as the Deputy Secretary – Corporate and Governance at the Ministry of Justice for a period of four years.
Suzanne joined the public service in 2011 as General Manager Internal Partners at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, where she led the delivery of corporate support services. Prior to that, she held senior management roles spanning diverse functions at TelstraClear and Wrightson.
Suzanne is originally from the UK and worked for British Telecom before moving to New Zealand in 2001. She began her career as a product engineer and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Electronic and Microprocessor Engineering from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, and an MBA from Imperial College in London.
The Labour, Science and Enterprise group works with people, businesses, regions, and the science, innovation and education systems to help the country and New Zealanders to be successful.
Paul has previously held roles at the Ministry for Primary Industries as Deputy Director General responsible for Policy and Deputy Director General Strategy and Performance.
Paul has held a number of management roles at Treasury, with responsibility for areas including education, market interventions and tax policy. He also worked at the Ministry of Health and the New Zealand Planning Council.
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