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Our leadership team

Five Deputy Chief Executives report to our Chief Executive. Find out more about our leadership team and the work that they are responsible for.

Read more about Debbie Power

Debbie Power - Chief Executive

Debbie took up her role as Chief Executive, Ministry of Social Development (MSD), in February 2019.

Service Delivery

Read more about Viv Rickard

Viv Rickard - Deputy Chief Executive

Viv leads our service delivery group, which provides services to over one million seniors, students, working age beneficiaries and people seeking social housing.

Insights and Investment

Read more about Nic Blakeley

Nic Blakeley - Deputy Chief Executive

Nic leads the Insights and Investment group, which supports strategic investment decisions, ultimately leading to better outcomes for New Zealanders.


Read more about Simon MacPherson

Simon MacPherson - Deputy Chief Executive

Simon leads the policy group, the government’s principal provider of social policy advice shaping social sector funding and services.

Corporate Solutions

Read more about Stephen Crombie

Stephen Crombie - Deputy Chief Executive

Stephen leads the Corporate Solutions group which provides corporate services to support organisation priorities and functions, the needs of business groups and to deliver shared services to other organisations.

People, Culture and Strategy

Read more about Andrea Lawton

Andrea Lawton - Deputy Chief Executive

Andrea leads the People, Culture and Strategy group which brings together teams who focus on developing effective organisational strategy and performance outcomes, leading people and organisational culture and change, managing MSD’s ministerial services and leading communications, external engagement and reputation.

Office of the Chief Executive

Read more about Nadine Kilmister

Nadine Kilmister - Director, Office of the Chief Executive

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.