Keynote Speakers - Thursday June 18th
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.
Mr Dunne has held the roles of 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).
Mr Dunne was appointed Minister of Internal Affairs for the first time in 1995, 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 written two books: "Home is Where My Heart Is", published in 2002, and "In the Centre of Things", published in 2005.
Maria Robertson, Deputy Chief Executive, Service Delivery and Operations, Department of Internal Affairs
Maria has held the role of Deputy Chief Executive, Service Delivery and Operations (SDO) at the Department of Internal Affairs, since February 2013. She leads a team of 900 staff in the passports, citizenship, births, deaths and marriages, community operations, charities and RealMe areas. Maria’s focus is to put the customer at the centre of service delivery so information and services are designed around their needs, and away from the structure of government. Maria and her team manage the New Zealand government’s largest repository of identity information and deliver high profile services such as the world-class New Zealand passport online renewal service (adults can renew their passport entirely online). She will be chair of the new Government Digital Delivery Group.
Maria’s previous role was as Deputy Chief Executive for Service Delivery at Building and Housing, where she also worked as Deputy Chief Executive, Organisational Development and Strategy. Prior to that, Maria was General Manager at Advanced Dynamics (NZ) Ltd and Manager Performance Improvement Woodproducts at Carter Holt Harvey. She has also held senior roles in Telecom, Comalco and Rio Tinto.
Russell Burnard, Government Chief Privacy Officer, Department of Internal Affairs
Russell is the Government Chief Privacy Officer (GCPO). He is part of the Government Chief Information Officer’s team at the Department of Internal Affairs.
As GCPO Russell leads an all-of-government approach to privacy and is responsible for four main functions: providing leadership by setting the vision for privacy across government, building capability, assurance, and engaging with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and citizens.
Before taking up the new role of GCPO in July 2014, Russell was a change manager with the NZ Transport Agency, focused on improving rail safety. He has had a long career delivering regulatory and operational programmes at MAF, the Ministry of Fisheries and the Ministry for the Environment. In 2010 he established a company that successfully delivered a biosecurity tagging programme for all cattle and deer in New Zealand.
Brendon Lynch, Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft Corporation.
Brendon recently served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) a not-for-profit association with more than 20,000 members across 83 countries. The IAPP helps define, support and improve the privacy profession through networking, education and certification.
Before joining Microsoft in 2004, Brendon led the privacy and risk solutions business at software maker, Watchfire (now part of IBM). Prior to entering the software industry, Brendon spent nine years in Europe and North America with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he provided privacy and risk management consulting services.
Brendon is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and holds a business degree from the University of Waikato, in his home country of New Zealand.
Phillip Poole, Chief Marketing Officer, Whittaker's.
Philip has had a varied and interesting marketing career. He has spent a large part of his career with Unilever, the Anglo Dutch multi-national that markets Persil, Dove, Rexona and many other major brands. His role at Unilever saw him work around the globe - the United Kingdom, South Africa, Thailand and New Zealand.
After that whirlwind experience, Philip was in charge of marketing at the New Zealand Lotteries Commission but unfortunately, he was never lucky enough to win the first division prize!
For the past 12 years, he has held the role of the Chief Marketing Officer at Whittaker’s which, in his words, is probably the best marketing position in the country!