Purpose, role, and people of G-REG

G-REG is committed to improving leadership, culture, regulatory practice, and workforce capability in regulatory organisations and systems.

As of 1 May 2024, the Government Regulatory Practice Initiative has transferred to the new Ministry for Regulation. G-REG’s information will continue to be available on the MBIE website while the transition occurs. Any questions can be directed to hello@regulation.govt.nz.

Our purpose

The purpose of G-REG is to improve the leadership, culture, regulatory practice, and workforce capability of government regulatory organisations.

Our role

As a system level initiative G-REG provides value to regulators, regulatory leaders, and organisations in ways that are difficult to achieve from within single agencies.

G-REG’s current focus is to lift the understanding and application of best practice by developing a knowledge base for New Zealand regulators, and regulatory organisations. This will be achieved by undertaking the following:

  • Establishing and maintaining a knowledge base for regulatory practice, including the curation and development of guidance, frameworks, tools, and case studies.
  • Conducting ongoing environmental scans to understand common needs and knowledge gaps.
  • Facilitating communities of practice and peer advisory activities in support of building the knowledge base.
  • Developing and maintaining a suite of foundational learning materials (in a way that government organisations can easily and flexibly deliver to their people).

Our people

The G-REG secretariat team

Lisa Docherty, Director

Lisa Docherty, Director, Government Regulatory Practice Initiative (G-REG).Lisa Docherty joined G-REG in the role of Director in February 2022. This allowed her to join up 2 strands from her background – regulatory practice, stewardship & strategy; and leadership in professional bodies. She has previously worked with DIA (Gambling) and MBIE (building) and was the New Zealand Manager of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and inaugural Registrar of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.

Lisa and her team continue to strengthen the Government Regulatory Practice Initiative, developing a network and knowledge base for New Zealand regulators, and regulatory organisations.

Wendy Kale, Project lead - Regulatory Practice Essentials Project

Wendy Kale, Principal Advisor Qualifications, G-REG.Wendy is the project lead for the Regulatory Practice Essentials Project. The project, begun in 2023 aims to deliver foundational learning materials for use by government regulatory organisations. Wendy also co-convenes the Regulatory Capability community of practice. She brings people together and provides direction and support to help improve learning opportunities for the regulatory community.

Wendy has been involved with G-REG and its predecessor since 2007, when the idea of creating common qualifications for central and local government regulators was first proposed.

Wendy’s big passion is bringing people together to be part of the ongoing evolution of regulatory and learning practice, supporting regulators to do great work for the good of all.

Alex McMinn, Principal Advisor

Alex McMinn, Principal AdvisorAlex McMinn joined G-REG in the role of Principal Advisor in January 2024. This role allows him to pursue his passion for improving the regulatory sector’s leadership, performance, and capability through various initiatives that he leads or supports. As a Principal Advisor, he guides the strategic direction of G-REG and oversees the development and delivery of our regulatory knowledge base. He also fosters our active regulatory community by managing and facilitating the Peer Advisory engagements.

Alex has a rich and diverse background in regulatory practice, having worked at WorkSafe NZ as Manager Regulatory Practice, and over a decade at NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi. Alex excels at building meaningful relationships and turning strategy into action.

Krystal Bradnock, Senior Advisor - Government Regulatory Practice Initiative (G-REG)

Krystal Bradnock, Senior Advisor Programme Planning and Delivery, Government Regulatory Practice Initiative (G-REG)Krystal works behind the scenes running reports, analysing data, reviewing, and assessing G-REG’s operational practices, and managing G-REG’s online presence. Krystal spends a lot of her time looking at ways we can better engage with the regulatory sector using the tools we have available and will work closely with Alex to develop G-REG’s Knowledge Base. She works to ensure that G-REG uses the best methods to connect with our community of regulators.

Krystal is passionate about ensuring we are providing resources in a way that is best suited to our community and that G-REG is actively working towards providing support and resources in helpful and engaging ways.

Ditaa Chand, Programme Coordinator

Ditaa Chand, Programme Coordinator.Ditaa is our organisational whizz, providing administrative support across the G-REG secretariat and Regulatory Practice Essentials Project with a focus on ensuring efficient operating across the board. She is the powerhouse behind the G-REG’s communities of practice providing technical support, onboarding for new members, and maintaining smooth operating systems. Ditaa is an innovative and dedicated member of the team who sees any problem as a chance to find a solution and to look for the improvements along the way.

Ditaa joined the team in 2022 from the Ministry of Justice where she was a part of the Legal Aid Services team. She is passionate about everything to do with people connections, coordination, and organisation and always happy to learn new skills.

Last updated: 11 March 2024