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

    • Deputy State Services Commissioner: Debbie Power
    • Manager: Juanita Te Kani
  • Sector and Agency Performance Group

  • State Sector Reform

  • Leadership and Talent Hub

  • Performance Improvement Programmes Group

  • Organisational Strategy and Performance Group

  • Legal and Integrity Advice 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 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, Sector and Agency Performance 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 and has just taken up the role of Deputy Chief Executive, Organisational Strategy and Performance at SSC .  

    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.


  • Ms Liz Sinclair

    Deputy Commissioner, Sector and Agency Performance Group

    Liz rejoined the Commission in January 2012 on a two year secondment from the Ministry of Justice as Deputy Commissioner in the Sector and Agency Performance Group (SAPG). She has portfolio responsibilities for the Treasury, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Te Puni Kokiri, and is lead Deputy Commissioner for SAPG.

    Liz's first job out of university was in the State Services Commission as an Assistant Advisory Officer in 1983 (when it was in the Reserve Bank building the first time!)

    She had 4 years at SSC then 17 years in Inland Revenue in a range of corporate services and operational roles, including 8 years at Deputy Commissioner level.  In 2003 she was part of the new Executive Team appointed following the merger of the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Courts.  Liz was responsible for the operational areas of Justice, -  fines collection and enforcement, and the support services for all New Zealand's  Courts and Tribunals, including the Waitangi Tribunal and the Coronial Service. 

     In both Justice and Inland Revenue, she led major change programmes to improve operational services such as the introduction of call centres, e-filing for employer returns, removal of the IR5 filing requirement for PAYE taxpayers at Inland Revenue, and the implementation of a new national operating model for the Collection Service, video-conference hearings and a national transcription service in Justice.

    Liz is a mainlander, with an Honours degree in history from the University of Otago.  She is a past President of the NZ Institute of Public Administration (now IPANZ).

  • Ms Bridget White

    Deputy Commissioner, Sector and Agency Performance Group

    Bridget joined SSC in the Sector and Agency Performance Group in January 2012 and works in the Security and Intelligence sector, and with the Ministry of Social Development and the social sector.

    Bridget has extensive experience in establishing new business units, operational management and service delivery.  Bridget's career includes working as a psychologist with the Department of Corrections working with offenders in the community and in prison.  She also established New Zealand's special treatment unit for serious violent offenders, went onto matrix manage the women's prisons, establish the Prison Services national health services and worked on Correction's significant transformational change programme following a Value for Money review.  Bridget has wide range of operational service delivery from strategy development, through to operational policy and service delivery.

    Bridget has completed the ANZSOG Executive Fellows Programme. 


  • Mr Peter Martin

    Deputy Commissioner, Sector and Agency Performance Group

    Peter was appointed Deputy Commissioner in October 2014. He rejoined the Commission in March 2012 as Assistant Commissioner in the Sector and Agency Performance Group on a two year secondment from Treasury. He has portfolio responsibilities for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), Inland Revenue Department (IRD) and Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA). He is also part of the central agency team working with the business facing sector on Result 9.

    Peter is Scottish by birth, and has an Honours degree in geography from St. Andrews University. He worked for the Cabinet Office and Home Office in London, mainly on issues relating to machinery of government and public management reform, before moving to New Zealand in 1994. He worked as a senior adviser in SSC's State Sector Development Branch for 3 years before moving to Treasury where he has held a range of leadership roles, including Manager, International Economics; Director, Tax Strategy and Acting Deputy Secretary, Growth and Public Services. He led the inter-agency team that developed and introduced KiwiSaver in 2007. Between 2001 and 2003, Peter was seconded from Treasury to the Advisory Group in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC).

  • 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, Sector and Agency Performance 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

    Deputy Chief Executive, Organisational Strategy and Performance Group

    Rachel joined the Commission in April 2015 on a 6 month secondment as Deputy Chief Executive.  

    Rachel is currently seconded from the Ministry of Social Development where she is the Manager of Finance Strategy. In this role, she has 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.  

    Since joining the Ministry of Social Development in 2004, she has had a number of roles 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 for two years. Rachel’s first job in the Public Service was as a Senior Advisor, Management Accounting, at the Ministry of Health. 

    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.  

  • Mr Andrew Royle

    Chief Legal Advisor

    Andrew Royle joined the Commission in 2012 and became Chief Legal Advisor in April 2015. Andrew leads the Group responsible for providing internal legal services and advice on integrity matters. 

    Andrew also holds the responsibilities of Privacy Officer, Chair of the State Sector Retirement Savings Scheme (SSRSS) Advisory Board, and the State Services Commission’s Government Legal Network Board representative.

    Andrew has previously acted as Chief Legal and in 2014 went on a secondment to the Department of Internal Affairs as the Government Chief Privacy Officer, during the set up of that office.  Prior to State Services Commission, he worked at the Department of Internal Affairs for 2 years, and prior to that in private practice and local government in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

    Andrew has a BA/LLB from the University of Auckland.