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New Chief Executive and Director announced

DATE: 30 AUGUST 2011 TIME: 10.00 AM

New Chief Executive and Director announced

The Chairman of the Maritime New Zealand Authority, David Ledson, today announced the appointment of Keith Manch to the position of Chief Executive and Director of Maritime New Zealand (MNZ).

Mr Manch is currently the Chief Executive and Registrar of the Real Estate Agents Authority, a position he has held since January this year. In this role he has been responsible for managing the independent regulation of the real estate sector and leading its programme to increase public confidence in the industry, improve professional standards and provide consumer protection.

Concurrently, he is leading the whole of government Compliance Common Capability Programme which consists of the National Compliance Qualifications Project and a project to develop a guide to effective compliance organisation design.

He has extensive leadership experience and held a number of senior leadership positions in regulation, compliance and enforcement functions. Before his current role, he was Deputy Secretary, Regulation and Compliance at the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA). While he was with DIA he played a leading role in a number of significant change initiatives, including, implementing major changes to the regulatory framework that governs gambling in New Zealand, and the DIA’s Performance and Productivity Programme.

Mr Manch will bring over 20 years experience in public service to this role as leader of a modern safety regulator, including considerable experience in regulation and compliance. He has demonstrated the ability to successfully drive through transformational change programmes and to work effectively in a complex regulatory environment.

“I am delighted the Authority has been able to find an outstanding replacement for Catherine Taylor. She has achieved a great deal during her five-year tenure, leading a significant change programme inside MNZ and driving regulatory transformation outside it. We are confident that Keith has the enthusiasm, energy and skills required to build on these foundations and lead MNZ in working with the maritime sector to ensure that appropriate safety outcomes can be delivered,” Mr Ledson said.

Mr Manch is an alumni of the New Zealand Government Advanced Leadership Programme, has attended an advanced management programme at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a number of programmes at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a graduate of Victoria University.

He will take up the position of Chief Executive and Director of MNZ in early December.


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