Monday 17 June

Hon Chris Tremain



Hon Chris Tremain is the New Zealand Minister of Internal Affairs, Minister of Local Government and Associate Minister of Tourism, in the National-led Government of the Rt Hon John Key.

Mr Tremain entered Parliament in 2005 representing the Napier electorate, which he presently holds. He was elected as the Junior Whip in 2007 and in 2009 became the Senior Whip.  In April 2012 he was appointed to Cabinet with the Internal Affairs and Civil Defence portfolios. In January 2013 he was appointed Minister of Local Government, retaining Internal Affairs.

Mr Tremain attended Napier Boys’ High School where he was Head Boy and then to Massey University, completing a Bachelor of Business Studies (Accounting) and a Diploma of Business Studies (Marketing). After completing studies he became a successful businessman in the real estate and travel industries.

Mr Tremain is the son of former All Black, Kel Tremain. His involvement in sport started as a First XV rugby player at high school. He has a lengthy involvement in local sporting organisations, having been Chairman of various sporting clubs, in particular, Sport Hawke’s Bay. Mr Tremain enjoys mountain-biking, orienteering and running.

Tim Occleshaw



Tim Occleshaw is Deputy Chief Executive, Service and System Transformation. He has a critical role to play in managing a wide-ranging transformation in how citizens experience all government services online – and how this transformation can be applied across the Department. His strategic responsibilities include all-of-government ICT Strategy and Planning, the Government ICT Supply Management Office, Better Public Services Result 10, and Government Technology Services.

Tim joined DIA in December 2012. Before this, he was with Inland Revenue as Deputy Commissioner, Information, Design and Systems, responsible for information strategy, service and solution design, enterprise architecture and IT operations and services, including modernisation and transformation of IR’s information systems. Prior to that, Tim was Chief Information Officer at the Ministry of Social Development – both jobs for four years. In July 2008 he won the New Zealand CIO of the Year award.

Tim has spent more than 25 years working in the financial services sector in Australia and New Zealand, in a variety of business and IT management roles including heading IT for ANZ New Zealand.

Tuesday 18 June

Dr Steve Hodgkinson



Steve is the director of Ovum’s Government practice in Australia and New Zealand, and is a member of Ovum’s Public Sector and Health Sciences team. He authors research reports and advises federal and state government executives and CIOs on a range of e-government strategy and ICT purchasing and management decisions.

The major focus of Steve’s research work is on leading-edge thinking and practise about the use and management of IT in government agencies. He covers e-government strategy, the public sector CIO role, shared services and cloud computing, and aims to provide practical guidance for executive decision-makers by explaining the relevance and impact of technology developments.

Steve is regularly asked to present at industry conferences and public sector events around the world on ICT trends and issues in public sector ICT.

Prior to joining Ovum, he was the Deputy CIO and Director of eGovernment Strategy & Policy for the Victoria state government in Melbourne for five years. Steve was responsible for e-government and IT strategy across the state government’s departments and agencies. He led a program of activity to establish the Office of the CIO and implement shared services and infrastructure consolidation initiatives.

Steve has a depth of business and IT strategy experience with large public and private sector organizations in Europe and Australasia. He also founded and sold an e-commerce company.

He has a doctorate in Management Studies from the University of Oxford and a first-class honours degree from the University of Otago in New Zealand. His doctorate was focused on the role of CIO functions in large multi-business organizations.

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