Keynote Speakers - Thursday June 19th
The Hon. Peter Dunne, Minister of Internal Affairs
Hon Peter Dunne, born in Christchurch in 1954, graduated from the University of Canterbury in 1977 with a Master of Arts degree with Honours in Political Science, and has also studied business administration at Massey University.
He worked for the Department of Trade and Industry in Wellington during 1977-78, prior to joining the Alcoholic Liquor Advisory Council holding various posts up to 1984. He has been an MP since 1984, holding the north-west Wellington seats of Ohariu; Onslow; Ohariu-Belmont and Ohariu.
He was Minister of Revenue and Associate Minister of Health from 2005 to 2013, and also Associate Minister of Conservation between 2011 and 2013. He has been appointed Minister of Internal Affairs, Associate Minister of Health and Associate Minister of Conservation since January 2014.
He has also previously held the Internal Affairs portfolio before, in 1995.
Earlier he was a Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the fields of Health (1987-89); Trade and Industry (1987-89); Energy (1988-89); Regional Development (1988-90); Commerce (1988-90); Justice (1989); Environment (1989-90); Internal Affairs (1989-90); and Local Government (1989-90).
He has also written two books: "Home is Where My Heart Is", published in 2002, and "In the Centre of Things", published in 2005.
Commissioner and Chief Executive, Inland Revenue
Naomi Ferguson took up her position of Commissioner and Chief Executive of Inland Revenue on 21 July 2012.
Naomi is an experienced public sector executive with more than 20 years' experience working in revenue agencies in the United Kingdom (UK) and New Zealand. She has successfully delivered major transformational change projects and built effective teams to deliver results. Prior to coming to New Zealand, Naomi was the Director, Business Customer and Strategy at Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in the UK. Naomi also completed a secondment with Inland Revenue New Zealand from 2003-2006 in the Deputy Commissioner, Service Delivery role.
Naomi has a Master of Arts in English Literature and Sociology from Glasgow University. She has also completed a Tax Inspector Full Programme qualification.
Away from the workplace, Naomi enjoys travel, reading and walking, and is enjoying revisiting favourite spots across New Zealand.
Government Chief Technology Officer
Deputy Chief Executive of Internal Affairs - Service and System Transformation
Tim reports to Government Chief Information Officer Colin MacDonald, who is also the chief executive of the Department of Internal Affairs. He has a dual role – a cross-government role as Government Chief Technology Officer, and Deputy Chief Executive of the Department of Internal Affairs.
The Service and System Transformation Branch has two main functions. It provides considerable support to the GCIO’s work, and it also manages Internal Affairs’ own ICT requirements. In the cross-government space, Tim’s responsibilities include delivering and monitoring progress towards the Government ICT Strategy and Action Plan to 2017, developing ICT common capability products and services which can be used across government, and leading ICT Assurance.
Tim joined Internal Affairs in December 2012 from Inland Revenue, where he was 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 Inland Revenue’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.
GM Platform Ventures, Xero
Alastair is responsible for developing new product and service offerings that support Xero's growth strategy and platform vision. Prior to that he was Xero’s COO for over 6 years, overseeing all aspects of product development and production operations since Xero was launched 2007.
Alastair has over 20 years of IT industry experience with roles in IT service providers including IBM, Geac and Telecom-Xtra as well as start-ups Glazier Systems and utilyx.com. Before joining Xero, he was CIO at Air New Zealand, where he was responsible for a large portfolio of 400 enterprise systems and 200 IS staff supporting more than 10,000 staff globally.