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: Sandi Beatie
    • Manager: Juanita Te Kani
  • Sector and Agency Performance Group

  • Performance Improvement Programmes Group

  • State Sector Results Group

  • State Sector Reform

  • Organisational Strategy and Performance Group

  • Leadership and Talent Hub

  • Legal and Integrity Advice Group

    • Acting Chief Legal Advisor: Andrew Royle

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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 Sandi Beatie

    Deputy State Services Commissioner

    Sandi Beatie has been Deputy State Services Commissioner since 2013. Prior to taking up the role she was Deputy Commissioner at the State Services Commission. Ms Beatie has had extensive experience working at senior levels in central and local government as well as the private sector.

    She has taken a leading role in implementing change in the public service and her role is ensuring government agencies focus on achieving the Government's result areas and delivering better public services. The Deputy State Services Commissioner is a statutory appointment, made by the Governor -General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.

    A key focus of the position is to support the State Services Commissioner, both in the running of the Commission, and in carrying out statutory responsibilities, such as the appointment of Public Services chief executives and reviewing the performance of chief executives and departments. Prior to joining SSC in 2011, Ms Beatie was Deputy Chief Executive at the Ministry of Justice. She led collaborative efforts across the Justice Sector including strategy development and four-year Budget planning.

    Ms Beatie has extensive experience in leading and implementing change and in her final months in Justice ensured the merger of the Legal Services Agency into the Ministry and the accompanying policy and functional changes.



  • 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).

  • Mr Doug Craig

    Deputy Commissioner, Sector and Agency Performance Group

    Doug joined the Commission following his return to New Zealand in November 2012.  He is the Deputy Commissioner responsible for the Justice portfolio. 

    Doug spent two years working in Melbourne in the Victorian Public Service where he held roles as Executive Director, Industry, Workforce and Strategy and Director of Housing within the Department of Human Services.  For six months Doug worked in the Department of Premier and Cabinet on the Victorian Government's Better Services Implementation Taskforce initiative which was modeled on New Zealand's Better Public Services work.

    Prior to moving to Australia Doug spent 12 years with the Ministry of Social Development.  Within the Ministry Doug held a variety of senior management roles including; Chief Legal Advisor, Director of the Office of the Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive.

    Doug has served with the New Zealand Army as an Army Legal Service Officer and as a Territorial Forces Artillery Officer.  Doug holds degrees in Law and Commerce from the University of Otago and worked as a lawyer in private practice in Dunedin prior to joining the Army.

  • 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).

  • 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.


  • Mr Ryan Orange

    Deputy Commissioner, State Sector Results Group

    Ryan Orange commenced as Deputy Commissioner at the State Services Commission in May 2011. Ryan leads the State Sector Results Group which drives improvements in the design of New Zealand's State sector system and tells the system performance story.

    Ryan has been working on reform of the State sector system since May 2010.  He was a member of the Better Public Services Secretariat and earlier Future State teams and led the joint Central Agency team to deliver the Better Public Services policy and legislative change proposals.

    Previously, Ryan was General Manager of the Medium Term Strategy Unit at the Ministry of Social Development. Responsibilities in this role included being Secretary to the Social Sector Forum and the Whanau Ora Taskforce.

    Ryan has also worked for the South Australian and Victorian WorkCover authorities and for the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company.

    Ryan has an MPhil in International Relations and an MSc in Comparative Social Policy both from the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar and a BA(HONS) in International Relations from Victoria University of Wellington.

  • 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.

  • 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 Chief Executive, Organisational Strategy and 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.