Our senior leadership team

Our senior leadership team works collaboratively to set and guide our strategic direction.

Carolyn Tremain, Chief Executive

Carolyn Tremain

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.

Robert Pigou, Head of the Provincial Development Unit

Robert Pigou

Robert is Head of the Provincial Development Unit (PDU) which manages the administration and monitoring of the Provincial Growth Fund.

Previously, Robert was Head of Investment Management at PDU, the team responsible for detailed assessments, analysis, and critiquing of all funding applications, and making recommendations to decision-makers.

Robert has extensive experience in the corporate finance and banking sectors both in New Zealand and Asia. He has held senior leadership roles at EY, AsiaPower Developments Limited and Lloyds Bank, The National Bank of New Zealand and Southpac.

He has more recently served in senior roles in the public sector, including as Deputy Secretary, Higher Courts at the Ministry of Justice and as General Manager, NZ Petroleum and Minerals at Ministry of Economic Development.

Robert has been a member of the Institute of Directors since 2016.

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Melleny Black, Head of the Chief Executive's Office

Melleny Black

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 Bunny, Deputy Chief Executive, Building, Resources and Markets

Chris Bunny

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.

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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 McRobie, Chief Financial Officer

Stewart McRobie

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.

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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 Main, Deputy Chief Executive, Corporate, Governance and Information

Megan Main

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.

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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 Mair, Acting Deputy Chief Executive Strategic Policy and Programmes

Jarred Mair

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.

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Before becoming the acting DCE for Strategic Policy and Programmes, Jarred 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 Patchell, Head of Immigration New Zealand and Deputy Chief Executive, Immigration MBIE

Greg Patchell

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.

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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 Stew, Deputy Chief Executive, Market Services

suzanne stewart

Suzanne is the newly-appointed DCE Market Services. Market Services Group supports fair markets that thrive delivered through excellence in system stewardship.

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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.

Paul Stocks, Deputy Chief Executive, Labour, Science and Enterprise

Paul Stocks

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.

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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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Last updated: 12 December 2018