Executive Leadership Team

DIA's executive leadership team

Kim Chambers - Director, Office of the Chief Executive

  • Michael Lovett

    Kim Chambers

Kim Chambers is Director, Office of the Chief Executive. She supports the Chief Executive to lead the Department and undertake his leadership responsibilities across the public sector. This includes supporting the performance of the Department as a member of the Executive Leadership Team and facilitating effective relationships with other stakeholders and agencies. The Director also provides strategic advice to the Chief Executive, may lead special projects, and acts as the Chief Executive’s delegate when required.

Kim joined the Department in 2017 and previously held a senior leadership role as General Manager, Communications. Kim has 20 years’ experience, having worked in media and strategic communications roles in the private, public and local government sectors at various organisations including the Ministry of Social Development, Nelson City Council and the Ministry of Health.


As Director, Office of the Chief Executive, Kim has the following people reporting to her:


Faaolofaiva Setefano Siu-Magele

Principal Advisor

Elaine Loon

Executive Services Officer to the Chief Executive

Alexandra Foris

Senior Communications Advisor


Michael Lovett - Deputy Chief Executive Local Government

  • Michael Lovett

    Michael Lovett

Michael is Deputy Chief Executive for the Local Government branch.

Michael provides capability and network intelligence to support a range of activities across central government agencies that interface with local government. His role covers the central North Island with portfolios covering digital local government, funding and financing of local government and community resilience.

Michael has worked in a variety of senior management roles in operational and policy agencies across the New Zealand public sector including the Ministry of Social Development, Ministry for the Environment and Department of Corrections. He started his career as a forensic psychologist and holds a Bachelor of Science and an Executive Master of Public Administration.

Michael has responsibility for the following portfolios: Digital Local Government Partnership; Inquiry into Funding of Local Government; Community Resilience; Partnership Director, LGNZ Zone 3: Central North Island.

As Deputy Chief Executive Local Government, Michael has the following people reporting to him:


Allan Prangnell

Partnership Director, Three Waters Review

Justine Smith

Partnership Director, LGNZ Zone 1
Portfolios: Local Government & iwi/Māori relationship, Community Wellbeing, Caring for Communities

Maria Nepia

Partnership Director, LGNZ Zone 2
Portfolios: Environment, Regional Development, Crown Maori relationships

Martyn Pinckard

Partnership Director, LGNZ Zone 3 and 4
Portfolios: Systems Stewardship

Paul Barker

Partnership Director, LGNZ Zone 5
Portfolios: Community resilience (including natural hazards and climate change adaptation), Tourism

Warren Ulusele

Partnership Director, LGNZ Zone 6
Portfolios: COVID-19 Recovery, Housing and Urban Development; Urban Growth Agenda

Richard Ward

General Manager Policy and Operations

Mark Batt

Manager Branch Strategy and Performance


Karl Le Quesne – Deputy Chief Executive Organisational Strategy and Performance

  • Karl Le Quesne

    Karl Le Quesne

Karl is Deputy Chief Executive of the Organisational Strategy and Performance branch. Karl joined the Department in June 2017 as Director, Office of the Chief Executive, having previously held the role of Acting Deputy Secretary Early Learning and Student Achievement at the Ministry of Education. He’s held a range of jobs in the Ministry over 17 years. He has worked closely with a number of Ministers, Cabinet Committees, and senior leaders across the Education system, and has also spent time at Corrections and the Ministry of Justice.

As Deputy Chief Executive Karl has a critical role to play in setting the department’s strategic agenda and plan, stewarding the department’s performance story, providing assurance and keeping the department risk conscious but moving forward. Karl’s responsibilities include: Organisational Strategy and Planning; Enterprise Portfolio Management; Governance, Risk and Assurance; Legal Services; Machinery of Government Positioning and Crown Maori Relationships.

As Deputy Chief Executive Organisational Strategy and Performance, Karl has the following people reporting to him:


Pepi Batsos

Director, Strategy and Performance

Andrea Speir

Chief Legal Advisor

Nick Athea

Chief Portfolio Officer

Cathrine Austin

Manager Governance Risk and Assurance

Olwyn Crutchley

Manager Branch Development and Support

Julie Black

Principal Advisor Te Aka Taiwhenua and Crown Maori Relationships


Ann-Marie Cavanagh - Deputy Chief Executive Digital Public Service,
Deputy Government Chief Digital Officer 

  • Anne-Marie Cavanagh

    Ann-Marie Cavanagh

Ann-Marie is Deputy Government Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Digital Public Service.

Her most recent role was leading the development of the New Zealand Digital Government Strategy as Director, Digital Government Strategy.

Previous roles have included Chief Technology and Digital Services Officer at the Ministry of Health. Prior to moving to New Zealand in 2016 she was Head Digital Strategy at Novartis Pharma AG for the Medical Affairs function based in Switzerland.

She has held a number of positions in ranging from small start-up agencies, to leading global teams in implementing digital innovation. Originally from the UK and a Clinical Pharmacologist by training, Ann-Marie is based in Wellington New Zealand.

As Deputy Chief Executive Digital Public Service, Ann-Marie has the following people reporting to her:


Colin Holden

General Manager System Strategy and Initiatives

Russell Cooke

General Manager Agency Partnerships and Capability, Government Chief Privacy Officer

Jane Kennedy

General Manager All-of-Government Services Delivery

Karen Hope-Cross

Director Planning, Performance and Support

Alan Bell

Executive Director Digital Identity Programme

Trevor Himona

Director Te Pou Matihiko

Stella Ward 

Executive Director Cloud Programme


Hoani Lambert - Deputy Chief Executive Enterprise Partnerships

  • Hoani Lambert

    Hoani Lambert

Hoani Lambert (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou) is Deputy Chief Executive for Enterprise Partnerships. In this role, Hoani oversees a number of important functions and entities, including the National Library, Archives New Zealand and Ministerial and Secretariat Services. He also is responsible for delivering major transformation projects and programmes including Tāhuhu – the programme that includes the upgrade and construction of new purpose-built archives facilities.

Prior to joining DIA, Hoani was the Deputy Chief Executive, Voices of Children at Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children, a role in which he was responsible for advocating for children and young people’s interests across the government system, ensuring their voices are at the centre of government policy, service design and delivery. He was also responsible for overseeing the Ministry’s implementation of new legislative duties in relation to the Treaty of Waitangi.

Although a specialist in communications, public relations and social marketing, Hoani has had a diverse range of professional roles. He has worked in parliament, directed biosecurity border operations and worked as a diplomat with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Hoani holds an Executive Master in Public Administration (EMPA) through the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG).

As Deputy Chief Executive Enterprise Partnerships, Hoani has the following people reporting to him:


Epi Lima

Executive Assistant

Rachel Esson

National Librarian Te Pouhuaki, General Manager of National Library of New Zealand

Stephen Clarke 

Chief Archivist Kaipupuri Matua, General Manager of Archives New Zealand

Hugh Karena

Director Māori Relationships and Strategy

Jude Huygens

Manager Branch Development & Support

Morag Ingram

General Manager Ministerial and Secretariat Support

Rob Stevens

Portfolio Director Tāhuhu

Peter Murray

Programme Executive Tāhuhu

Briget Ridden

Programme Director


Marilyn Little - Deputy Chief Executive Regulation and Policy

  • Marilyn Little

    Marilyn Little

Marilyn joined the Department in 2006.  She was appointed Deputy Chief Executive of Policy, Regulation and Communities in October 2017.  Marilyn has held a number of roles in the Department, including Chief Archivist/General Manager of Archives NZ for three and a half years.  She was previously General Manager of the Policy Group, and Director Local Government and Community Policy. Prior to her work with Internal Affairs, Marilyn held senior roles in the Office of the Auditor-General and the Department of Labour.

Marilyn has completed the Leadership Development Centre’s Advanced Leadership Programme, and holds a Master of Public Policy and a BA Honours in History.

As Deputy Chief Executive Regulation and Policy, Marilyn has the following people reporting to her:


Dr Suzanne Doig

General Manager Policy

Anita Balakrishnan

Director Ministerial Advice, Monitoring and Operations

Maarten Quivooy

General Manager Regulatory Services

Carmel Ali

Programme Manager Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism

Penny Langley

Manager Local Government Commission

Gina Smith

Director Inquiries

Lisa Docherty

Manager Branch Development and Support


 Maria Robertson - Deputy Chief Executive Service Delivery and Operations

  • Maria Robertson

    Maria Robertson

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

She leads a team of 900 staff in the passports, citizenship, births, deaths and marriages, community operations, charities and igovt areas.

Before this, Maria was the DCE for Service Delivery at Building and Housing where she was 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 Comalco and Rio Tinto.

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

Jeff Montgomery General Manager Te Ara Manaaki, and Registrar General for Births, Deaths and Marriages
Natasha Weight

General Manager Operations

Tiffany Scott

Manager Branch Development and Support

Clare Toufexis

General Manager Community Operations

Mike Stone

General Manager Charities Services


General Manager Te Pou Manawa

Lynette Tyrrell

Director Pou Ārahi

Julia Wootton

General Manager Services and Access


Kate Wareham - Deputy Chief Executive Organisational Capability and Services Branch

  • Kate Wareham

    Kate Wareham

Kate Wareham was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Organisational Capability and Services in June 2019. She was previously Chief Operating Officer at the Human Rights Commission. Kate has a varied public sector career having worked at the Social Investment Agency as Director Corporate and Engagement, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment as GM of Human Resources and at Ministry of Social Development as GM of Integrity Services and also Director of Human Resources. Kate worked at ANZ Bank in several human resources management and leadership roles. 

As Deputy Chief Executive Organisational Capability and Services, Kate has the following people reporting to her:


Melanie Carpinter

General Manager Communications

Lesa Kalapu

General Manager Human Resources

Murray Davey

General Manager Technology Services and Solutions, Chief Information Officer

Sharyn Mitchell

Chief Financial Officer 

Kate Maxwell

Manager Branch Development and Support

Karlene Symonds

General Manager Information and Safety, Chief Security Officer 

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