The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

Te Tari Taiwhenua

Building a safe, prosperous and respected nation

 

Our management team

Management team

Following is a summary of confirmed or acting managers in the Department, by business branch.

Mervin Singham – Deputy Chief Executive Strategy and Governance

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    Mervin Singham

Mervin Singham is Deputy Chief Executive Strategy and Governance. In his role he supports the Chief Executive and the Executive Leadership team to provide effective organisational governance for the Department.  Critical responsibilities for the Branch include providing leadership on relevant processes and issues that impact on the department’s reputation and credibility, and promoting integration, coordination and planning to enable effective organisational performance.

Mervin’s career encompasses management roles in both the private and public sector. Prior to taking up this role in 2013 he was the Director of the Office of Ethnic Affairs for nine years.

Mervin has a particular interest in conflict resolution, public policy and intercultural issues. He has extensive experience in the field of human rights and was Chief Mediator at the Human Rights Commission. His achievements include several United Nations consultancy projects in the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region. 

Mervin has an Honours Degree in Law from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch and a First Class Honours Masters Degree in Laws from the University of Auckland. He has also attended executive management programmes at the London Business School and Harvard Business School in Boston.

As Deputy Chief Executive Strategy and Governance, Mervin has the following people reporting to him:

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Craig Owen

Acting Manager Organisational Performance - Strategy and Planning

Peter Burke

Manager Organisational Performance - Governance and Assurance

Melanie Webb

Chief Legal Advisor

Lis Morgan

Acting Manager Branch Development and Support

 

Tim Occleshaw - Deputy Chief Executive Service and System Transformation, Government Chief Technology Officer 

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    Tim Occleshaw

Tim Occleshaw is Deputy Chief Executive, Service and System Transformation and Government Chief Technology Officer . He has a critical role to play in managing a wide-ranging transformation in how citizens experience all government services online – and how this transformation can be applied across the Department. His strategic responsibilities include all-of-government ICT Strategy and Planning, Commercial Strategy and Delivery, Better Public Services Result 10, and Technology Services and Solutions.

Tim joined DIA in December 2012. Before this, he was with Inland Revenue as Deputy Commissioner, Information, Design and Systems, responsible for information strategy, service and solution design, enterprise architecture and IT operations and services, including modernisation and transformation of IR’s information systems. Prior to that, Tim was Chief Information Officer at the Ministry of Social Development – both jobs for four years. In July 2008 he won the New Zealand CIO of the Year award.

Tim has spent more than 25 years working in the financial services sector in Australia and New Zealand, in a variety of business and IT management roles including heading IT for ANZ New Zealand.

As Deputy Chief Executive Service and System Transformation, Tim has the following people reporting to him:

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Chris East

General Manager Technology Services and Solutions, and CIO

Duncan Reed

General Manager System Transformation

Alison Schulze  

Director ICT Assurance

John Roberts

Director Relationship Management

Stuart Wakefield

Director, Transition

Chris Webb

General Manager, Commercial Strategy and Delivery

Anne Shaw

Government Relations Manager

Gaynor Bradfield

Manager Branch Development and Support

 

Sue Powell - Deputy Chief Executive Information and Knowledge Services

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    Sue Powell

Sue Powell began her role as Deputy Chief Executive Information and Knowledge Services on 13 December 2012. Prior to that, she held the roles of acting Deputy Chief Executive Service and System Transformation and Deputy Chief Executive Knowledge, Information, Research and Technology.

Before joining the Department, Sue was Deputy Secretary, Programmes at the Ministry for the Environment where she had responsibility for administration of environmental legislation (the Resource Management Act, Emissions Trading Scheme, Waste Minimisation Act), and the implementation of Ministry programmes as well as the Ministry's  science and information function. She has a background in local government, primarily in policy and administration of environmental legislation. She holds a degree in Agricultural Science from Lincoln University.

As Deputy Chief Executive Information and Knowledge Services, Sue has the following people reporting to her:

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Bill Macnaught

National Librarian

Marilyn Little

Chief Archivist, General Manager Archives New Zealand

Tina Sutton

General Manager Government Information Services

Kristina Wickham

Manager Branch Development and Support

Mahanga Maru

Director Māori Strategy and Relationships

 

Paul James - Deputy Chief Executive Policy, Regulatory and Ethnic Affairs

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    Paul James

Paul has held the role of Deputy Chief Executive Policy, Regulatory and Ethnic Affairs (PREA) since April 2011.

He leads PREA in its work to maximise the benefits of ethnic diversity for New Zealand, protect communities through regulating gambling, censorship, spam and anti-money laundering and provide policy leadership across a wide range of issues including local government and many of the department's operational responsibilities such as civil defence.

Paul was formerly the Director of the Office of Treaty Settlements (OTS) in the Ministry of Justice, a role he held since 2006. Before that, Paul was General Manager, Public Law and earlier Policy Manager, Family Law. He has also worked in policy in The Treasury, ACC, OTS and Te Puni Kōkiri.

As Deputy Chief Executive Policy, Regulatory and Ethnic Affairs, Paul has the following people reporting to him:

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Steve Waldegrave

General Manager Policy

Berlinda Chin

Director Office of Ethnic Affairs

Maarten Quivooy

General Manager Regulatory Services

Clare Bugden

Manager Branch Development and Support

 

 Maria Robertson - Deputy Chief Executive Service Delivery and Operations

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    Maria Robertson

Maria Robertson has held the role of Deputy Chief Executive, Service Delivery and Operations, since February 2013.

She leads a team of 650 staff in the passports, citizenship, births, deaths and marriages, community operations, charities and igovt areas.

Maria was most recently the Deputy Chief Executive for Service Delivery at Building and Housing where she was previously the deputy Chief Executive Organisational Development and Strategy.

Prior to that, Maria was the General Manager Advanced Dynamics (NZ) Ltd and Manager Performance Improvement Woodproducts at Carter Holt Harvey.  She has also held senior roles in Telecom and Comalco.

As Deputy Chief Executive Service Delivery and Operations, Maria has the following people reporting to her:

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Jeff Montgomery

Registrar-General and General Manager, Births, Deaths, Marriages and Citizenship

Christine Bennett

Director, Branch Development and Support

Brendon Ward

General Manager, Charities Services

Robyn Nicholas

General Manager, Community Operations

Garry Manley

General Manager, Customer Services

Richard Foy

General Manager, Digital Transformation

David Philp

General Manager, Identity and Passport Services

Mike Nathan Pou Ārahi

Morag Woodley - Acting Deputy Chief Executive Shared Services Branch

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    Morag Woodley

Morag joined the department in 2001.  Her substantive role is Director Human Resources which she has held for four years. In that role her responsibilities include the delivery of HR Advisory services, Payroll, Learning and Development and providing strategic input into Organisational Development initiatives. Morag was seconded for two years as Director Office of the Chief Executive and was previously Director Local Government and Community Operations. She was formerly Service Centre Manager for IRD in Manukau and Regional Manager for ACC in Auckland.

Morag has completed her Executive Master in Public Administration and the Advanced Leadership Programme. She also holds a BA in Psychology and a BBS in Human Resource Management.

As Deputy Chief Executive Shared Services Branch, Morag has the following people reporting to her:

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Morag Ingram 

Director Communications

Meredith Atkinson

Director Human Resources

Matthew Needham

Chief Financial Officer

Anne O'Shaughnessy    

Manager Branch Development and Support

Janice Calvert

General Manager Ministerial and Secretariat Services

Phil Green

General Manager Operations

 

Peter Murray - Deputy Chief Executive in charge of Shared Services Transformation Projects

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    Peter Murray

Peter is seconded to the role of Deputy Chief Executive in charge of Shared Services Transformation Projects until June 2014.  He has been seconded from his role as Deputy Chief Executive Shared Services Branch, a position he has held since April 2011.

Shared Services Transformation consists of two of the Department's critical corporate investment initiatives: Finance Application Service Transformation and Optimise Human Resources.

Prior to joining the Department, Peter was DCE Organisation Services at the Ministry of Fisheries. This role covered a wide range of corporate services and Māori Aquaculture Settlement. 

Before joining Fisheries, his work experience included Capital Coast Health, IBM Australia and IBM New Zealand.