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Nic Blakeley - Deputy Chief Executive, Strategy and Insights

Role and responbilites

Nic Blakeley Acting DCE

Nic heads the Strategy and Insights group.

This group leads:

  • the development and implementation of the Ministry’s strategy by creating insights for effective decision making
  • focusing resources on the right investments
  • understanding and evaluating performance.

What working at MSD means to me

"It's a real privilege to be part of an organisation that helps so many New Zealanders, often at times in their lives where they need support to get back on their feet. We owe it to them to make MSD the best it can be, and we owe it to ourselves to create the type of organisation that we enjoy working for and gets the best out of us.


Nic started at MSD in 2013, spending three and a half years as Deputy Chief Executive, Social Policy. In April 2017 he became the DCE of the Insights and Investment group which was refocused and renamed Strategy and Insights in October 2019.

Before MSD, Nic worked at Treasury for almost 10 years in a range of policy areas, including a period as economic advisor to the Minister of Finance. Nic has degrees in electrical engineering and commerce from the University of Canterbury.

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