Our leaders individually and collectively set the strategic direction of the Commission’s work programme in response to government expectations and a dynamic operating environment.

Peter Hughes CNZM (he/him)

Te Tumu Whakarae mō Te Kawa Mataaho | Public Service Commissioner, Head of Service

Peter is the Public Service Commissioner and Head of Service. He was appointed to the role in July 2016. Prior to joining Te Kawa Mataaho he served as Secretary for Education for 3 years. Peter has also held the roles of Professor of Public Management and Head of the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington, Chief Executive at the Ministry of Social Development, Secretary for Internal Affairs, Chief Executive of the Health Funding Authority and Deputy Director-General of Health. In 2012 he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the State.

Helene Quilter QSO (she/her)

Te Pou Turuki mō Te Kawa Mataaho | Deputy Public Service Commissioner

Helene is the Deputy Public Service Commissioner, working closely with the Public Service Commissioner to provide leadership and oversight of the Public Service. Prior to joining Te Kawa Mataaho in 2019 as the Deputy State Services Commissioner, she was New Zealand’s first woman appointed as Secretary of Defence and Chief Executive in 2012. Helene has also held deputy chief executive positions at the Ministry of Social Development and the State Services Commission.

Heather Baggott (she/her)

Te Pou Turuki mō Te Kawa Mataaho | Deputy Public Service Commissioner
Kaikōmihana Tuarua, Te Arataki, te Kanorau me te Whai Wāhitanga | Deputy Commissioner, Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion

Heather is Te Pou Turuki mō Te Kawa Mataaho | Deputy Public Service Commissioner at Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission, working closely with the Public Service Commissioner to provide leadership and oversight of the Public Service. She has a particular focus on Māori Crown relationships and the leadership, diversity and inclusion priorities for the system. Heather has also been an Assistant Commissioner at Te Kawa Mataaho and has held several senior leadership roles in the justice and culture sectors.

Rauru Kirikiri (he/him)

Kaihautū mō Te Kawa Mataaho
Te Whānau ā Apanui

Mr Rauru Kirikiri has a notable background serving iwi, Māori, and New Zealand through his many roles in academia, consultancy, and the Public Service. As a consultant, Rauru specialises in a range of Māori related issues including environmental management, strategic planning, Treaty of Waitangi claims negotiations, policy development, and tertiary education. Rauru is also an experienced resource consent commissioner, has had various academic activities at universities in both New Zealand and Australia, and continues to serve on several committees including acting as Deputy Chairperson of Te Mana Whakahaere o Awanuiārangi. His Public Service career began at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (with postings to Washington DC, Suva, and London); the State Services Commission; and the Department of Māori Affairs (now Te Puni Kōkiri). He has recently returned to Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission as Kaihautū to the Public Service Commissioner.

Alastair Hill (he/him)

Kiakōmihana Tuarua, Kaitiakitanga me ngā Take Tūmatanui | Deputy Commissioner, Governance and Public Affairs
Upoko o ngā Kaimahi, Te Tari a Te Tumu Whakarae mō Te Kawa Mataaho, Upoko Ratonga | Chief of Staff, Office of the Public Service Commissioner

Alastair is Deputy Commissioner, Governance and Public Affairs and Chief of Staff. Prior to joining Te Kawa Mataaho he was responsible for the design and performance of industry partnership programmes at the Ministry of Social Development. He has also held positions working for ministers as a private secretary. Alastair has a BA in Political Science and Geography and a Master of Public Management from Victoria University of Wellington.

Hannah Cameron (she/her)

Kaikōmihana Tuarua, Te Tohutohu Rautaki me te Kaupapa Here | Deputy Commissioner, Strategy & Policy

Hannah is Deputy Commissioner, Strategy & Policy. Prior to joining Te Kawa Mataaho she was Deputy Chief Policy Officer at the Ministry of Health. She has held policy and management roles at the Ministries of Education and Justice; and has worked as a ministerial advisor. Hannah has an MA in Social and Political Science from Cambridge University and started her Public Service career in the UK Civil Service FastStream Programme.

Hugo Vitalis (he/him)

Kaikōmihana Tuarua, Te Pono, te Matatika me te Tautikanga | Deputy Commissioner, Integrity, Ethics & Standards

Hugo is Deputy Commissioner, Integrity, Ethics & Standards. His substantive role is Manager, Innovation and Strategy in the Strategy and Policy Group. Prior to that he was acting Director, Policy in the State Sector Results Group. He was also a member of the Performance Hub, a joint team located in the Treasury advising on Public Service reform. Prior to joining Te Kawa Mataaho he held management roles in strategy and policy groups within the Ministry for Social Development. He has also worked at the Ministry of Justice, Legal Services Agency, Wellington Regional Council and the Ministries of Culture and Heritage and Internal Affairs.

Thor Gudjonsson (he/him)

Kaikōmihana Tuarua, Te Aromātai Whakatutukitanga | Deputy Commissioner, System & Agency Performance

Thor is Deputy Commissioner, System & Agency Performance. Prior to joining Te Kawa Mataaho Thor held a number of Chief Financial Officer roles including the Ministry of Justice and Ministry for Primary Industries. Thor started his career with Audit New Zealand, auditing a variety of entities across the broader public sector. Thor is a Chartered Accountant, and has a BCom and DipGrad in Accounting and Economics from the University of Otago.

Alex Chadwick (she/her)

Kaikōmihana Tuarua, Te Ohu Mahi, te Mahi me te Whakaōrite | Deputy Commissioner, Workforce, Employment & Equity

Alex is Deputy Commissioner of the Workforce, Employment Relations and Equity group at Te Kawa Mataaho. With a background as an employment lawyer, Alex has significant experience leading and implementing employment relations and workforce strategy in the public and private sectors. She previously managed the Government’s Gender Pay Taskforce and continues to lead the work to close gender and ethnic pay gaps across the Public Service.

Duane McKibben (he/him)

Kaikōmihana Tuarua, Whakatutukitanga ā-Whakahaere | Deputy Commissioner, Organisational Capability and Performance

Duane is Deputy Commissioner, Organisational Capability and Performance. Duane is a committed public servant who started his career in the front line — first as a teacher, then as a client service officer in the Australian Public Service. Duane has been privileged to take on a number of roles through his career which have helped to transform and shape organisations, their leadership, capability and culture. Duane brings strong expertise in building organisational capability through a broad range of disciplines, supported by tertiary qualifications and management consulting experience. He is currently completing his Executive Master of Public Administration with ANZSOG.

Nicola Purvis (she/her)

Āpiha Mātāmua ā-Ture | Chief Legal Officer

Nicola is the Chief Legal Officer. Prior to joining Te Kawa Mataaho she was a private secretary in a minister’s office and the Corporate Legal Services Manager at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She was previously in private legal practice specialising in commercial law with clients in both the public and private sectors.

Tania Ott (she/her)

Kaikōmihana Tuarua, Te Whare Pasifika | Deputy Commissioner, Public Service Fale
Kaikōmihana Tuarua Urupare KOWHEORI-19 | Deputy Commissioner, COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Tania is Deputy Commissioner for the Public Service Fale and for COVID-19 Response and Recovery. Prior to this, she was Group Manager, Senior Courts at the Ministry of Justice. Tania has held Public Service roles at the Office of Treaty Settlements, Department of Internal Affairs and Department of Labour. Tania has also served as private secretary to several government ministers and as an advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Helen Clark.

Gráinne Moss (she/her)

Te Tumu Whakahaere, Tōkeke ā-Utu | Chief Executive and System Lead Pay Equity

Gráinne is the Chief Executive and System Lead Pay Equity. She was appointed to the role in April 2021. Prior to joining Te Kawa Mataaho, she served as the first Secretary of Children and Chief Executive Oranga Tamariki — Ministry for Children. She was previously Chief Executive of Bupa Care Services NZ. Gráinne holds a BSc (Hons) from the University of Liverpool and worked in the UK National Health Service prior to emigrating to New Zealand in 1998. Gráinne was awarded an MBA (Hons) in 2003 from IMD Switzerland and was presented with the Welshe Award for outstanding female graduate.