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Government Chief Talent Officer Appointed


Government Chief Talent Officer Appointed

State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie has today announced the appointment of Andrew Hampton to the newly created role of Government Chief Talent Officer.

The Government Chief Talent Officer (GCTO) is an important role within the State Services Commission.

The State services are currently going through a major reform process designed to provide better public services, both now and in the future. Skilled and effective leadership is vital to improving how government agencies operate and the results that are achieved. It is also vital to ensure there will be a strong group of skilled and effective leaders for the State services into the future.

“The GCTO is a critical role and will be responsible for a programme that improves the capability and capacity of senior leaders in the State services, identifies and addresses skills gaps and develops skilled leaders for the future,” said Mr Rennie.

“To provide world class public services we need to develop world class leadership. We need to ensure our most talented people are developed across the system through varied roles in multiple agencies and challenging assignments,” he said.

“The GCTO will develop and lead a State services wide leadership development programme that identifies talented people and takes a strategic approach to developing their skills and experience,” Mr Rennie said.

The GCTO will also lead the State Services Commission’s employment relations responsibilities and give strategic advice on workforce capability, capacity and change to chief executives and Ministers.

Andrew Hampton has been appointed as GCTO and will commence in the role on 12 May 2014. Andrew is a very experienced senior leader who is currently Deputy Secretary and Director of the Secretary’s Office at the Ministry of Education. He has previous experience in senior roles within Crown Law, Ministry of Justice and the Office of Treaty Settlements.

“I am very pleased we have recruited someone with Andrew’s skills and experience for this challenging role,” Mr Rennie said.

State Services Commission Deputy Chief Executive Jacki Couchman has been Acting GCTO since August 2013 and has led the work to establish the role and engage with agencies across the State services on the team’s work programme.

“I would like to thank Jacki for what she has achieved in setting up this new role and establishing the supporting team,” said Mr Rennie.

Andrew Hampton is currently Deputy Secretary & Director of the Secretary’s Office at the Ministry of Education.

Immediately prior to joining the Ministry of Education Andrew led a comprehensive change programme within Crown Law which resulted in a new funding system for Crown Solicitor services and an internal restructuring to better align the Office to its purpose.

Prior to this Andrew was the General Manager High Courts and then Deputy Secretary Courts for the Ministry of Justice. During that time he led the introduction of the National Transcription Service and oversaw the building of the Supreme Court in Wellington.

Andrew spent nine years at the Office of Treaty Settlements working with successive governments managing Crown negotiations of Treaty settlements. He completed four years as Director of the Office in 2005.

Andrew began his career at Te Puni Kokiri working on constitutional and international issues.

Andrew has a BA (Hons) and MA (Dist) from the University of Canterbury and has attended the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme.


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