Information on the focus of the four policy groups within the Ministry is outlined below.  The groups are:

Regulatory & Data

Strategy & Investment

Governance & Engagement

Corporate Services

Regulatory & Data

This group is responsible for the effective delivery of much of our regulatory policy, and providing insights from data and analytics to inform our long-term strategy and policy advice. The focus of the group represents a significant investment in, and commitment to, developing a centre of regulatory excellence and data stewardship responsibilities.

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Kirstie Hewlett

Kirstie Hewlett

Deputy Chief Executive –  Regulatory and Data

Kirstie brings strong policy, regulatory and strategy experience to the Ministry, having worked in a number of leadership roles across the public sector.

Kirstie joined the Ministry from WorkSafe NZ, where she was General Manager Strategy and Performance. Prior to this, she led policy, strategy, and research and evaluation functions covering financial sector reform, telecommunications strategy and infrastructure, industry and regional development, employment, and health and safety.

Kirstie has also held senior roles to improve regulatory frameworks and regulatory systems in the public sector.

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Strategy & Investment

This group is responsible for the Ministry’s overall policy and organisational strategy, and advice on major investments.

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Bryn Gandy

Bryn Gandy

Deputy Chief Executive– Strategy & Investment

Bryn is an experienced public service leader having held senior roles in the defence, health, internal affairs, justice, and social and children’s sectors.

Bryn joined us from the Ministry of Defence where he was Deputy Chief Executive, Strategy, Governance and People. He led that Ministry’s transformation to improve its delivery of long-range strategy and policy advice, as well as a $20 billion capital programme. In prior roles, Bryn has led agency and sector policy and strategy initiatives, including an IPANZ Supreme Award winner for business transformation.

Bryn is committed to developing State sector people and leadership. He was a public service Leadership Fellow in 2009 and has co-led the design and delivery of award-winning leadership programmes. 

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Governance & Engagement

This group is responsible for the Ministry’s Governance of the Crown Entities and overall stakeholder engagement and communications strategy. It also leads advice on some key commercial policy projects.

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Nick Brown

Nick Brown

Deputy Chief Executive– Governance and Engagement

Nick is an experienced senior leader whose career in the public service transport sector began 18 years ago in the United Kingdom.

Nick has been with the Ministry of Transport for the last decade and was appointed to the senior leadership team four years ago as General Manager, Aviation and Maritime. In this role, as well as leading on aviation, maritime, security and freight policy, he was responsible for the Ministry’s work supporting the deployment of Intelligent Transport System technologies in New Zealand, including autonomous vehicles.

Nick has built strong stakeholder relationships throughout his career and has achieved a lot across the sector by working across organisational boundaries.

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Corporate Services

This Group is responsible for the Ministry’s corporate services, which are essential in supporting the design and implementation of the organisation’s strategy and effective management of the Ministry. The consolidation of these functions will support the establishment of a centre of excellence for management of Corporate Services.

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Robyn Smith

Robyn Smith

Deputy Chief Executive– Corporate Services

Robyn is an experienced senior human resources professional with particular interest and expertise in organisational design, strategy development, leadership development, change management and talent management. Robyn is committed to helping organisations align their people strategy with business strategy, and developing managers to be able to deliver high quality outcomes for their people and their business. Robyn has led a large number of organisational and cultural change programs including during mergers, sales, and acquisitions.

During her career, Robyn has held executive responsibility for human resources, health, safety and environment, administration and facilities, industrial relations, diversity, talent management, leadership development, culture and employee engagement, and shared services. 

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Auckland

Karen Lyons

Karen Lyons

Director – Auckland

Over the last 16 years, Karen has progressed a career in Auckland’s local government sector, holding a number of senior positions in economic development, strategy, and governance. 

Karen comes to the Ministry from the Local Boards at Auckland Council, where she was General Manager. She established and consolidated the new and unique local governance model for Auckland and supported 149 elected members in their governance roles.

In addition, Karen has managed the Auckland Council’s quality advice programme and elected member professional development programme. Before working in Auckland, Karen worked as an economist at the New Zealand Treasury and HM Treasury in London.  

Finance

Paul Laplanche

Paul Laplanche

Chief Financial Officer

Paul has a wealth of experience in the transport sector following his Chief Financial Officer roles at the New Zealand Transport Agency and the Civil Aviation Authority. Paul is a member of the Ministry’s senior leadership team and reports to the Deputy Chief Executive– Corporate Services.

Paul has also held senior finance roles in central and local government and earlier in his career worked in the banking and insurance industry.

Paul has considerable experience in enhancing organisational and financial management frameworks, leading organisational change and being a trusted business partner.