Keynote Speakers - Thursday June 18th

The Hon. Peter Dunne, Minister of Internal Affairs

Hon. Peter Dunne

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 Burnard

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 Lynch is the Chief Privacy Officer of Microsoft Corporation, where he has global responsibility for Microsoft’s privacy program, including creating and implementing privacy policy across the company, influencing the creation of privacy and data protection technologies for customers and overseeing communication and engagement with external stakeholders.  The company’s privacy program has, for more than a decade, been focused on enabling innovation while building and maintaining customer trust through responsible data collection and use practices.

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 Poole


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!

Keynote Speakers - Friday June 19th

 Stuart Wakefield, CIO, Ministry of Education

Stuart Wakefield

Stuart joined the Ministry of Education as Chief Information Officer in 2014, and was previously the Director of the Office of the Government CIO. He has extensive experience in both private and public sector technology roles, across a broad range of industries, including banking & finance, postal, utilities and health, and several years as an independent consultant.


His roles have included significant business change initiatives, such as the regionalisation of clinical records and patient administration systems in the health sector, as well as significant policy and strategy development work, such as the inaugural NZ Government ICT Strategy & Action Plan.


In the education sector, Stuart is exploring how we bring the NZ Education system forward into a true digital ecosystem, encompassing learners, educators, providers and parents.


Kevin Noonan, Research Director, OVUM

Kevin Noonan is a Research Director in Ovum’s Australian government practice. Based in Canberra, Kevin specialises in IT strategy, policy, and supplier engagement.

Prior to joining Ovum, Kevin worked for four years as Head of Consulting at a local industry research firm, specialising in government’s relationship with the IT industry. There, he worked with executives from more than half the top 100 IT companies. Kevin was also well known for his work with small business where he mentored more than twenty small-to-medium enterprises, under a government sponsored industry development program.

Before moving to the private sector, Kevin spent more than 28 years in various government management roles. This included ten years as a government senior executive and Chief Information Officer, and a further eighteen years as a government manager and project director. During this time, he held positions responsible for almost every aspect of IT. In the 1980s and early 1990s, Kevin held key roles in large IT transformation programs for Social Security, Taxation, and Child Support. In the mid 1990s to mid 2000s, Kevin held senior IT executive and CIO positions in Health and Ageing, and Industry Tourism and Resources.

Kevin brings a broad understanding of the ICT needs in government, as well as a deep background in many ICT disciplines.

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