Organisational structure and senior managers

See the organisational structure of the State Services Commission and the senior managers who lead our work groups.

State Services Commissioner and Head of State Services

Iain Rennie

  • Office of the Head of State Services

  • Executive Management and Policy Group

  • State Sector Reform

  • Leadership and Talent Hub

  • Performance Improvement Programmes Group

  • Auckland

  • Organisational Strategy and Performance Group

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  • Mr Iain Rennie

    State Services Commissioner and Head of State Services

    Iain Rennie took up the position of State Services Commissioner on 1 July 2008, and was reappointed to serve a second term in the role on 1 July 2013.

    The State Services Commissioner is a statutory appointment, made by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister. 

    In his role as the State Services Commissioner and as Head of State Services, Iain's role is to provide leadership and oversight of the State Services with the objectives of creating a culture of excellence and efficiency, stewardship, and maintaining high standards of integrity and conduct. In discharging this responsibility Iain appoints Public Service Chief Executives and manages their performance, and under the State Sector Amendment Act 2013, has greater responsibility for developing senior leadership and management capability, including appointments to key positions within the Public Service. He also holds a responsibility for driving State sector reform as head of the Executive Board - made up of the Chief Executives of State Services Commission (SSC), Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) and Treasury.

    In his time as Commissioner, Iain has seen the creation of Better Public Services, the Performance Improvement Framework, the State Sector and Public Finance Reform Legislation, and is currently spearheading changes to the way leaders are developed within the public sector. These changes and programmes are contributing significantly to improve efficiency and encouraging better delivery and results for New Zealanders.

    Iain has been in the Public Service since 1986. The bulk of his career has been spent at the Treasury where he was Deputy Secretary to the Treasury for nine years prior to taking up the position of Deputy State Services Commissioner in 2007. Prior to taking up the SSC appointment Iain participated in the strategic leadership of the Treasury - providing advice to the Minister of Finance on microeconomic and macroeconomic policy issues.

    Iain has participated in two secondments to the DPMC, as Acting Director for the Policy Advisory Group in 2004, and as an Economic Advisor from 1990 to 1993.  He was also seconded to the Office of the Leader of the Opposition as Economic Advisor from 1989 to 1990.

    Iain has a BA (Hons) in Economics from Victoria University of Wellington.

  • Ms Debbie Power

    Deputy State Services Commissioner

    Debbie took up the role of Deputy State Services Commissioner moving from the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) where she was Deputy Chief Executive for Service Delivery.

    During her time at MSD Debbie oversaw the implementation of Welfare Reform and the movement of social housing needs assessments from Housing New Zealand to MSD.

    Prior to that Debbie was in the role of Deputy Chief Executive and Director of the Office of the Chief Executive.  This role worked closely with the Chief Executive and the rest of the Ministry’s Leadership Team.

    Debbie has had extensive experience working for four years as a Senior Private Secretary in Parliament where she oversaw the interface between the Department and ministers, between 2007-2010.

    Her previous experience includes a years' secondment to the UK, regional leadership experience in Northland and she has a Masters in Public Administration.

  • Mr Lewis Holden

    Deputy Commissioner, Auckland

    Lewis was appointed Deputy Commissioner Auckland in March 2015 after being the Chief Executive of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage from June 2009.

    Prior to this Lewis spent eight years in senior roles at the Ministry of Economic Development's including as Head of Economic Strategy and Deputy Secretary of the Ministry's Industry and Regional Development Branch.  Before joining MED Lewis had an extensive career with the Treasury.  Between 1999 and 2001 he was the Alternative Executive Director at the World Bank in Washington DC. Lewis has also worked as an Advisor with the Policy Advisory Group in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as well as periods with the Department of Internal Affairs and the Royal Commission on the Electoral System.

    Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History and Politics from Victoria University of Wellington, a Diploma of Journalism from the University of Canterbury and a Master of Public and Private Management from Yale University in the United States of America.

    Before joining the Public Service he worked as a documentary film maker.

  • Mr Andrew Hampton

    Government Chief Talent Officer

    Andrew Hampton took up the new role of Government Chief Talent Officer in May 2014, moving from the Ministry of Education where he was Deputy Secretary for Education & Director of the Secretary's Office.

    Andrew has spent most of his Public Service career in the justice sector. He led a comprehensive change programme within Crown Law which resulted in a new funding system for Crown Solicitor services and an internal restructuring to better align the Office to its purpose.

    Prior to this Andrew was the General Manager High Courts and then Deputy Secretary Courts for the Ministry of Justice. During that time he led the introduction of the National Transcription Service, oversaw the building of the Supreme Court in Wellington and led the Ministry's response to the Canterbury earthquake.

    After beginning his career at Te Puni Kokiri working on constitutional and international issues, Andrew spent nine years at the Office of Treaty Settlements working with successive governments managing Crown negotiations of Treaty settlements.  He completed four years as Director of the Office in 2005.

    Andrew has a BA (Hons) and MA (Dist) from the University of Canterbury and has attended the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme.



  • Ms Dallas Welch

    Deputy Commissioner, Executive Management and Policy Group

    Dallas Welch has been a public servant for over 30 years. Many of these years were with Statistics New Zealand where she has led, as a Deputy Government Statistician, most of the statistical and corporate functions, including being CIO and organisation change programmes.  She has twice acted as Government Statistician and Chief Executive between permanent appointments.  In 2012 Dallas managed the Performance Improvement Framework reviews of the State Services Commission (SSC) and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.  Most recently, she has acted as Chief Executive of the Ministry of Women's Affairs.

    Dallas has a Master of Commerce (Hons) in economics and a teaching diploma (with distinction). She is married to John and has an adult son and daughter-in-law.


  • Mr Al Morrison

    Deputy Commissioner, State Sector Reform

    Al Morrison commenced as Deputy Commissioner at the State Services Commission
    in September 2013. Previously, he was at the Department of Conservation starting
    in 2002 and was appointed as Chief Executive and Director General in November
    2006. He led the department through a period of significant change to expand
    conservation achievement and engagement beyond the department's core work.

    Al is an alumnus of the Public Service Executive Leadership Programme,
    current Business Central Board member, and former Leadership Development Centre
    Board member.

  • Ms Alison McDonald

    Deputy Commissioner, Performance Improvement Programmes Group

    Alison McDonald (OBE) took up the role of Deputy Commissioner in January 2015.

    Alison has spent most of her career in the UK, primarily in HM Revenue and Customs, from where she is currently on secondment to the State Services Commission. She joined the Commission in October 2013 to lead a cross agency initiative, in partnership with the PSA, to build a Continuous Improvement approach for NZ Public Service.

    Alison originally trained as a Tax Inspector and held a number of large operational roles in HMRC before joining the senior civil service in 2008. She has held a variety of roles in developing Customer Strategy and Performance improvement including development of the first and largest public service Continuous Improvement programme in Europe.

    Alison was responsible for UK Tax Credit and Child benefit Policy in 20011 and 2012 at the inception of Universal Credit, to facilitate Social Welfare reform and before moving to New Zealand led the Development Strategic HR and workforce plans in Personal Tax for 24,000 people.

    Alison has a BSc (Hons) in Economic Geography and lives with her partner Simon and two of their three children in Wellington. Their eldest son remains at University in the UK.


  • Ms Rachel Bruce

    General Manager Corporate Services

     Rachel joined the Commission in April 2015 from the Ministry of Social Development where she was the Manager of Finance Strategy. In this role, she built baseline models to enable the Ministry to make informed investment decisions, supported strategic change programmes, lead the finance streams for the external Budget process, and coordinated capital investment planning to enable service delivery strategies.

    She has 22 years’ experience in the Public Sector across a number of departments.  Rachel held a number of other senior roles at MSD including National Finance Director for Work and Income, Business Sustainability Director for Students, Seniors and Integrity Services, and National Manager of the Integrity Intervention Centre. Prior to MSD, she worked at the Ministry of Justice as Finance Manager and the Office of Treaty Settlements where she was managed the implementation of the Tainui and Ngai Tahu treaty settlements.

    Rachel has a BSc (Hons) in Management Sciences from the Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, is a Chartered Accountant and holds a certificate as a black belt in Lean Six Sigma. Rachel is an alumni of the Executive Fellows programme.

    Rachel lives on the Kapiti Coast with her husband David where they have raised three children.  Two remain at home with the eldest is at Canterbury University.