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Who we are

DPMC is now a mid-sized agency of seven business units, with approximately 275 staff in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. We have a unique role as the trusted advisor, leader, and steward of our system of executive government.

We are unified by an overarching purpose: to advance an ambitious, resilient and well-governed New Zealand.

DPMC's Chief Executive, Brook Barrington, reports to the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister. The Chief Executive is supported by eight senior managers:

  • Michael Webster, Secretary of the Cabinet/Clerk of the Executive Council
  • Anne Shaw, Executive Director, Greater Christchurch Group
  • Anneliese Parkin, Deputy Chief Executive, Policy
  • Tony Lynch, Deputy Chief Executive, National Security Group
  • Clare Ward, Executive Director, Strategy, Governance and Engagement Group
  • Gregory Baughen, Official Secretary, Government House
  • Geoff Short, Executive Director, Child Wellbeing and Poverty Reduction Group
  • Richard Kay, Chief of Staff

The Clerk of the Executive Council and the Official Secretary of Government House report to Her Excellency The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO, the Governor-General.

The seven business units are:

The National Emergency Management Agency was established on 1 December 2019, replacing the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management. The National Emergency Management Agency is an autonomous Departmental Agency hosted by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Carolyn Schwalger is the Chief Executive of NEMA.

In this section

  • Our purpose

    DPMC’s purpose is to advance an ambitious, resilient and well-governed New Zealand.

  • Our Strategic Intentions

    Our Strategic Intentions set out how we will deliver on our purpose as a department and help the Government deliver on its priorities. This document summarises the five medium-term strategic priorities that we are aiming to achieve through the end of the 2021/22 financial year.

  • How we deliver

    To deliver our purpose of advancing an ambitious, resilient and well-governed New Zealand, we perform four core functions: serving the Prime Minister and Cabinet; supporting well-conducted government; leading an effective National Security System; providing leadership and coordination of the Christchurch regeneration effort.

Last updated: 
Tuesday, 15 May 2018

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