Ministry business units

The Ministry is made up of business units, each with its own functions and areas of responsibility.

On this page:


Strategy and Policy

Chief Strategy and Policy Officer: Hamiora Bowkett

The Strategy and Policy business unit is responsible for the Ministry’s advice on the health and disability system.

It develops and enables implementation of strategy and policy, including advice on Māori health, the health workforce, technology and regulation.


Service Commissioning

Director, Service Commissioning: Jill Lane

The Service Commissioning business unit manages the relationships between the Ministry and health and disability service providers. This includes funding, purchasing, performance management, commercial advice and contractual arrangements.

The business unit works closely with the Strategy and Policy and the Finance and Performance business units to design, plan and fund health and disability initiatives.


Protection, Regulation and Assurance

Director Protection, Regulation and Assurance: Dr Stewart Jessamine

The Protection, Regulation and Assurance business unit ensures the quality and safety of health and disability services, protects and promotes the health of New Zealanders and provides assurance and enforcement for both regulatory and contract compliance.

The business unit works closely with the Service Commissioning business unit and district health boards to ensure service quality is a high standard.


Technology and Digital Services

Chief Technology and Digital Services Officer: Ann-Marie Cavanagh

The Technology and Digital Services business unit delivers technology and digital services to the Ministry and the health and disability sector. It also plays an important role in assessing the potential impact of existing and emerging health technology.

The business unit works closely with the Strategy and Policy business unit, the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Nursing Officer to develop and implement the technology and digital strategy for the health and disability sector.


Finance and Performance

Chief Financial Officer: Stephen O'Keefe

The Finance and Performance business unit is the authority on the health and disability system’s finance, financial and non-financial performance and risk. It is also responsible for managing and delivering the Ministry’s finance functions, payments to the health and disability sector and an enterprise portfolio management office.

The Finance and Performance business unit works closely with the Service Commissioning business unit supporting and advising the commissioning of services.


People and Transformation

Chief People and Transformation Officer: Stephen Barclay

The People and Transformation business unit is responsible for sector workforce and managing and delivering the Ministry’s human resources and internal organisational strategy.

The unit is also the business owner for the Ministry’s in-house information technology strategy and leads the Ministry’s change programme and operating model.


Office of the Director-General

Executive Director: Jill Bond

The Office of the Director-General of Health is responsible for Government and Ministerial services, internal and external communications, assurance and risk management and provides support to the Director-General of Health, Ministers and the Executive Leadership Team.

The office also supports the Chief Science Officer.


Māori Leadership

Māori Leadership: Alison Thom

Māori Leadership is a strategic role that leads the Ministry and sector in reducing Māori health inequalities. It is the poutoko manawa (backbone) for the Ministry and health and disability sector in their efforts to promote, protect and partner with Māori.

Māori Leadership has strong relationships within the health and disability sector, government agencies and with iwi Māori.

Ministry business units support Māori Leadership and are jointly responsible for improving Māori health outcomes and reducing inequalities.


Chief Nursing Officer

Chief Nursing Officer: Jane O’Malley

The Chief Nursing Officer is the point of contact for clinical leadership and advice to the Ministry, Ministers and health and disability sector. It supports professional development within the Ministry and the nursing workforce.

The Chief Nursing Officer works in partnership with the Chief Medical Officer, district health boards and clinicians.


Chief Medical Officer

Chief Medical Officer: Andy Simpson

The Chief Medical Officer is the point of contact for clinical leadership and advice to the Ministry, Ministers and health and disability sector. It supports professional development within the Ministry and the clinical workforce.

The Chief Medical Officer works in partnership with the Chief Nursing Officer, district health boards and clinicians.

Critical Projects

Director, Critical Projects: Michael Hundleby

Critical Projects oversees and manages critical priority projects on behalf of the Director-General of Health. Critical Projects has been established for a fixed term of two years.

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