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Brendan Boyle – Chief Executive

Role and responsibilities

Brendan Boyle - Chief Executive

Brendan became Chief Executive of the Ministry in October 2011. In addition to leading the Ministry, Brendan is the Chair of the Social Sector Board, a formal multi-government-agency group that reports to Ministers about cross-sector issues. The Social Sector Board includes the Vulnerable Children’s Board overseeing implementation of the Children’s Action Plan and the Joint Venture Board.

What working for the Ministry means to me

"As a Ministry we need to constantly challenge ourselves to find better ways to help those New Zealanders who need our assistance, and to be a leader within the state sector. The issues facing our customers and their families are increasingly complex so we must be smart and flexible in our responses. This means constantly improving the Ministry’s structure, services, governance and culture so we’re fit for the future".


Prior to joining the Ministry, Brendan was Chief Executive of Internal Affairs from February 2008 and Chief Executive of Land Information New Zealand from August 2003. Before that Brendan was the inaugural Director of the e-Government Unit of the State Services Commission, charged with leading the development of an e-government strategy and work programme.

Brendan has a law degree (1990) from Otago University and an MBA (2000) from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has also completed further executive education at the Harvard Business School and the AVIRA Leadership Programme at INSEAD in France (2010).

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