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The Policy Profession Board

The Policy Profession Board supports the Head of the Policy Profession – the policy system leader. The Board does this by:

  • acting as a sounding board for system policy capability and quality issues
  • being champions for joined-up efforts to improve the policy system
  • governing and overseeing the Policy Project’s work programme
  • providing guidance on significant challenges and opportunities to lift policy capability and performance across the system and within agencies.

Board members are experienced senior leaders with responsibilities for leading, managing, and stewarding policy, both collectively and within their agencies. The Board meets six weekly.


Current Policy Profession Board members are:

Portrait of Dr Brook Barrington

Brook Barrington
Head of the Policy Profession
Chief Executive,
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Portrait of Carolyn Tremain

Carolyn Tremain
Chief Executive,
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Portrait of Paul James

Paul James
Chief Executive and Secretary for Internal Affairs,
Department of Internal Affairs
Portrait of Peter Mersi

Peter Mersi
Chief Executive and Secretary for Transport,
Ministry of Transport
Anneliese Parkin

Anneliese Parkin
Deputy Chief Executive, Policy,
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Portrait of Andrew Kibblewhite

Andrew Kibblewhite
Chief Executive and Secretary for Justice,
Ministry of Justice
Portrait of Struan Little

Struan Little
Deputy Chief Executive and Deputy Secretary, Budget and Public Services,
The Treasury
Portrait of Simon MacPherson

Simon MacPherson
Deputy Chief Executive, Policy,
Ministry of Social Development
Last updated: 
Friday, 27 November 2020

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