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.
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).
Richard was appointed as General Manager People & Culture for MBIE in June 2018 and became DCE for the Corporate, Governance and Information Group in May 2021 after acting for 10 months in the role.
Richard started his career as an Accountant and Financial Analyst before moving into organisational development, leadership and change roles.
Before joining MBIE, Richard spent eight years at BNZ in a variety of roles and was a member of the Executive team. He has held senior HR roles at ASB, Fonterra and had over 8 years with Air New Zealand in a number of operations roles including Manager NZ Airports.
Richard has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland.
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.
Greg Patchell leads the Digital, Data & Insights group which oversees the ICT, research, evaluation, data governance and change programmes for the Ministry. The group is responsible for consolidating and strengthening core data and insights, digital and technology functions.
Greg previously held roles as the Head of Immigration New Zealand, Deputy Chief Executive (DCE) for Market Services group, and acting DCE for our Corporate, Governance and Information group.
Prior to MBIE, 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.
Greg also has experience in the finance and banking sector, and holds a BSc in Computer Science from Massey University.
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.
Megan leads the Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) group. MIQ became a new business group within MBIE on 13 July 2020. MIQ’s purpose is to ensure that New Zealanders do not have COVID-19 before they return to the communities.
Megan’s substantive role within MBIE is Deputy Chief Executive of the Corporate, Governance and Information group, which works in partnership to support the operation and governance of the Ministry.
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 for eight years.
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.
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.
Oliver Valins is currently acting DCE for the Strategic Policy and Programmes (SPP) Group. The group supports the Senior Leadership Team to set MBIE’s strategic policy and develop its strategic priorities; leads MBIE’s regulatory stewardship program and co-leads with Te Puni Kōkiri, the Government’s Māori economic development strategy - He kai kei aku ringa. This group also houses Better for Business, Pasifika Policy and the Government Centre for Dispute Resolution.
These are strategically important programmes that require significant leadership and/or shaping from the Chief Executive and collaboration across MBIE.
Oliver’s substantive role is the Head of the Office of the Chief Executive at MBIE. Prior to this he was the Deputy Chief Executive, Strategy and Corporate at Crown Law. He worked for almost 10 years at the New Zealand Treasury, with positions ranging from managing the Justice and Security team to being the Treasury representative on New Zealand’s United Nations Climate Change negotiations team.
Oliver holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Glasgow.
Suzanne Stew is DCE for Te Whakatairanga Service Delivery Group, which provides critical functions and services that support businesses, employees and consumers to operate successfully in the market place.
Prior to joining MBIE in 2019, Suzanne was 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 and Sony 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.
Suzanne is married to Simon and mum to Harry and given any opportunity will join in any singing or dancing.
Catriona (Cat) Robinson, Acting Deputy Secretary for Immigration
Cat 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.
She joined MBIE in October 2019, as part of a major strategy-driven restructure of Immigration New Zealand.
Prior to joining MBIE, Catriona spent 5 years at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC), as the Director of National Security Systems. Her role encompassed supporting the effective operationalisation of national security in New Zealand through its formal architecture (the ODESC framework). This included coordinating the national system in response to an emerging crisis or emerging issue of national security significance. The last major event in which Catriona was involved was the national security system's response to the terrorist attacks in Christchurch on 15 March 2019.
Catriona began her career in the New Zealand intelligence community, and was the Chair of the New Zealand Institute of Intelligence Professionals (NZIIP) from 2015-2018.
Catriona holds a Master of Arts and a Master of Public Management, both from Victoria University of Wellington. She spent a year at the University of Tübingen in Germany in 1996-97, studying German literature as the recipient of a post-graduate scholarship from the German Government's DAAD programme.
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