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WorkSafe New Zealand


Ichor Leadership Search is delighted to announce the appointment of Phil Parkes to the role of Chief Executive of WorkSafe New Zealand.

As the current Chief Operating Officer, Phil leads WorkSafe’s Operations Group of over 300 staff, including High Hazards, Energy and Public Safety, Health and Safety Innovation, Operational Excellence, General Inspectorate, Specialist Interventions, and Health and Technical Services.

Phil also brings extensive regulatory and leadership experience from previous roles in local and central government in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Prior to joining WorkSafe, Phil was General Manager – Policy and Legal with the Environmental Protection Authority, where he led the implementation of a new regulatory framework.

The Chair of WorkSafe New Zealand, Ross Wilson, said, “Phil has provided excellent operational leadership within the organisation and the Board is confident he has the knowledge, vision and skills to lead WorkSafe as Chief Executive.”

Phil will replace Nicole Rosie who is taking on the role of Chief Executive at the New Zealand Transport Agency.

He takes on his new role in January 2020.

Glen Dimplex


We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Mike Daish to the role of Managing Director – New Zealand for Glen Dimplex.

Mike brings deep international experience from his sixteen years with Dyson Appliances. He progressed steadily to the Executive Leadership team level working with the Chief Executive, Owner, and Board, eventually becoming a Global Manager– Business to Business for Dyson Global. Earlier, his career traversed five and then eight years respectively with Monaco Corporation and then Robinson Industries across wholesale, consumer, retail and specifier channels.

Returning to New Zealand in 2016, Mike has been involved with independent mentoring and consulting activities across various growth companies. Mike’s career accomplishments in achieving profitable business growth, expanding portfolios and developing strategic decisions around category management will be valuable in his new journey leading Glen Dimplex New Zealand.

Please join us in congratulating Mike on his new role.

Police Credit Union


Joe Bishop has been appointed Chief Executive of the Police Credit Union following an executive search conducted by Ichor Leadership Search.

Currently the Chief Customer Officer at Kiwi Wealth, this new role will see Joe leave the business following an eight-year stint with the government-owned investment firm.

Starting out as Head of Wealth Products, Joe joined the-then Kiwibank operation in 2012 just before the government-owned institution bought the Gareth Morgan KiwiSaver and investment business (GMI). When Kiwibank spun the GMI business into a new separate entity, Kiwi Wealth, Joe took on the role of Head of Retail Wealth and Marketing at Kiwi Wealth.

He subsequently held various titles within the Kiwi Wealth hierarchy, culminating in his current role.

Prior to joining Kiwibank, Joe served for almost three years as Head of Smartshares – emigrating from the United Kingdom for the job.

At the Police Credit Union, he will be in charge of a savings and lending business with assets of about $130 million.

Joe will start his new role in April 2020.

WorkSafe New Zealand


Ichor Leadership Search is delighted to announce the appointment of Kevin Lampen-Smith as General Manager – External Strategy and Engagement of WorkSafe New Zealand.

Kevin is currently the Chief Executive of the Real Estate Authority (REA), the independent government agency that regulates the New Zealand real estate industry. During his time at the REA, Kevin has developed a new customer-focused strategy for the Authority including the introduction of a new consumer website and developing anti-money laundering practices by working closely with the Department of Internal Affairs.

Prior to this role, which he has held for over eight years, Kevin worked with the Electricity Authority in a range of senior leadership positions, initially as Chief Financial Officer and then as General Manager – Corporate Services.

As a qualified chartered accountant, Kevin has worked across the regulatory and consumer roles for many years, and prior to the Electricity Authority, was a part of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

Kevin takes on his new role in May 2020.

WorkSafe New Zealand


Ichor is pleased to announce the appointment of Glenda Harvey as General Manager People, Culture and Safety for WorkSafe New Zealand.

Glenda has over 25 years senior management experience in human resources, organisational culture/capability development, health and safety, and governance roles within the manufacturing, construction and health sectors.

Her prior experience involved a longstanding career at Holcim where she worked in New Zealand and Australia across a wide range of leadership roles. As a previous New Zealand Country Manager, Glenda was engaged in modernising Holcim’s approach to health and safety and supported the business as it moved into a significant growth phase.

Please join us in welcoming Glenda to her new role.

Civil Aviation Authority


We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dean Winter to the role of Deputy Chief Executive – Performance and Monitoring.

In his current role, Dean’s mandate and focus has been to significantly lift the Tertiary Education Commission’s monitoring and compliance function, across a range of tertiary organisations, including universities, Wananga, industry training organisations and polytechnics, which receive over $3 billion of Crown funding each year.

Most recently, he has been involved in the development of a framework to create oversight of the Reform of Vocational Education programme, one of the largest pan-sector transformation programmes seen in New Zealand.

Previously, Dean spent over three years improving the transparency and oversight of the public prosecution service at Crown Law. His earlier career spans senior regulatory roles across both public and private sectors, as well as almost a decade spent working with the New Zealand Police.

Dean starts his new role in February 2020.

Civil Aviation Authority


We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mahanga Maru to the role of Deputy Chief Executive – Stakeholder and Sector Engagement.

Mahanga has previously held senior leadership roles at board, chief executive and senior management level across the public and private sectors. He has consulted widely on Maori strategy and specialises in developing stakeholder relationships, while also providing cultural training, policy advice and coaching to a range of clients including Ministries, Crown entities, regional councils, private energy companies and iwi organisations. Mahanga has also been called on as an expert witness on infrastructure projects.

He starts his new role in February 2020.

Civil Aviation Authority


We are delighted to announce the appointment of Shelley Turner to the role of Deputy Chief Executive – Organisational Development and Support.

Previously at the Security Intelligence Service (SIS), Shelley led an organisational transformation programme as a member of the senior leadership team. She has also managed the agency’s Corporate Services area previously. Shelley’s earlier career as a public servant includes time spent at the State Services Commission and leading the Human Resources area at the Civil Aviation Authority.

Shelley starts in her new role effective February 2020.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade


We are delighted to announce the appointment of Deborah Geels to the role of Deputy Chief Executive – Multilateral and Legal Affairs for Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Deborah is a career diplomat and ‘foreign service generalist’ who joined MFAT in 1986. Since then her career has progressed within the Ministry through a number of positions focusing on multilateral work, the Pacific Islands, Asia and development assistance.

Her exposure to working strategically on a range of multilateral issues is considerable, having been the Permanent Representative to the United Nations while in Vienna for four years from 2013, in parallel to being Ambassador to Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia as well as senior level exposure to several critical FTA negotiations.

Please join us in congratulating Deborah on her new role.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade


We are pleased to announce the appointment of Audrey Sonerson to the role of Deputy Chief Executive – People and Operations for Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Audrey has been with MFAT since July 2018. Her professional background blends policy, strategy and operational leadership experience. As a previous Deputy Commissioner at New Zealand Police, Audrey led approximately 1,000 staff across most of the organisation’s corporate functions. This included oversight of the Royal New Zealand Police College, Risk and Assurance, Information and Communications Technology Service Centre, Legal Services and other portfolios. 

Her experience also offers exposure to pan sector and whole-of-system leadership having worked at the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Treasury and operated at second tier for Ministry of Justice.

Please join us in congratulating Audrey on her new role.

Tertiary Education Commission


We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mathew Pawley to the role of Deputy Chief Executive, Information Directorate for Tertiary Education Commission.

Mathew has relished more than five years contributing in the tertiary sector as Executive Director – Digital Services and Enterprise Projects for Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. With over 450 staff, Mathew led a team that improved the infrastructure, digital services and information management provided for over 32,000 students.

Having earlier worked within other arenas including Health, State Owned Enterprise and large Crown organisations, Mathew has a good understanding of the importance and complexities of the information needs, particularly within New Zealand’s tertiary sector.

He will commence his new role in February 2020. Congratulations Mathew.

Ministry of Defence


We are pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Swain to the role of Deputy Secretary – Defence Policy and Planning for Ministry of Defence.

Michael has had a deep and significant career within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade over the past 25 years with postings to Beijing, New Delhi, Shanghai as Consul-General and Madrid as Ambassador. As a former Deputy Director for the International Security and Disarmament division, Michael worked across defence capability work which had him leading foreign policy engagement on defence policy. He will commence his new journey in leading the Ministry’s Defence Policy and Planning division in February 2020.

Please join us in congratulating Michael on his new role.

Ministry of Justice


We are delighted to announce the appointment of Tim Hampton at Deputy Chief Executive – Sector for Ministry of Justice.

Tim brings senior executive experience in a range of senior economic and social policy leadership roles across Australia and New Zealand. Following an earlier career with Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Reserve Bank of Australia and the New Zealand Treasury, Tim worked at New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet, where he was responsible for Health and Education policy and leading negotiations with the Australian Government.

We welcome Tim back home, and congratulate him on his new role at Ministry of Justice.

Ministry of Justice


Ichor is pleased to announce the appointment of Anouk Alexander as Deputy Secretary – Strategy, Governance and Finance for Ministry of Justice.

Anouk brings an experienced executive background to her new role. Her former roles included General Manager – Strategy for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, and Deputy Chief Executive – Organisational Governance at the Ministry of Social Development. Anouk also previously spent eight years as a management consultant with PwC.

With a blend of private and public sector exposure in strategic consulting environments and across committed leadership positions, Anouk will now play a key role in shaping the Ministry’s overall strategic direction.

Please join us in congratulating Anouk on her new role.

Ministry of Justice


We are pleased to announce the new Deputy Secretary – Corporate & Digital Services for Ministry of Justice, Tina Wakefield.

Following her 18 year career within the private sector, Tina became a committed public service leader and developed a strong sense of cross-government co-operation through her time at the Department of Internal Affairs where she led development of the All-Of-Government online strategy and now at the Ministry of Justice.

Tina joined the Ministry in 2014 as a Chief Information Officer. She has led the Government ICT Supply Management Office and was also responsible for IT service management and assurance, security and risk. 

She commences her new role in August 2019. Congratulations Tina.

Kiwi Insurance


It is with pleasure that we announce the appointment of a new Independent Director for Kiwi Insurance, Michelle van Gaalen.

Michelle has worked locally and internationally across a range of service-based industries. She has operated at the Chief Executive level and has previously led teams with of over 2,000 staff.

Michelle also has a deep governance background in parallel with her executive career, with more than one-and-a-half decades spent in a variety of governance roles which span across banking, consumer finance and funds management arenas.

Michelle will commence as an Independent Director in November 2019.

Smarte Carte


Ichor is delighted to announce the appointment of Louise Hayes as the new General Manager of Smarte Carte New Zealand.

Louise was previously the North Island Operations Manager for Thrifty Car Rental. Prior to taking up that role, Louise held senior leadership roles with a major car rental company. Earlier, she spent several years in Australia managing national accounts for a range of organisations across the automotive industry.

Please join us in congratulating Louise on her new role which she commences in August 2019.

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