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Nadine Kilmister – Director, Office of the Chief Executive

Role and responsibilities

Nadine Kilmister

Nadine oversees the Office of the Chief Executive, which provides high level strategic, organisational and operational advice, and manages key external relationships across the social sector as well as across the entire state sector.

It works with the other business groups of MSD to coordinate and provide advice to the Chief Executive and Ministers.

What working for the Ministry means to me

We have the opportunity every day to make a difference for the most vulnerable in our society and that is both a privilege and a responsibility. I was raised with the notion of being ‘others-centric’ and I believe this can be realised through a stewardship leadership model. When I have seen our organisation at its best, we all operate as partners and as a result we are empowered and able to serve and innovate to the best of our collective ability.

It’s important that we create and nurture an environment where staff are empowered and enabled to make a difference in their communities.


Nadine has spent most of her working life in the Ministry, particularly with Child, Youth and Family. Prior to coming into the Chief Executive’s Office, she was Acting Deputy Chief Executive Corporate and Governance where she was responsible for Ministerial and Executive Services, Planning, Performance and Governance, National Communications, Information Services, Legal Services and Client Advocacy and Review.

Nadine is part of the Government Women’s Network and is working with other women across MSD to establish a women’s network for the Ministry.

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