Senior leadership team
The Ministry for Primary Industries' (MPI's) senior leadership team oversees the ministry's strategic direction.
On this page:
- Martyn Dunne - Director General
- Roger Smith - Chief Operations Officer and Head of Biosecurity New Zealand
- Bryan Wilson - DDG – Regulation and Assurance and Head of New Zealand Food Safety
- Justine Gilliland - Acting DDG – Sector Partnerships and Programmes
- Julie Collins - Head of Forestry New Zealand
- Dan Bolger - DDG – Fisheries New Zealand
- John Ryan - DDG – Corporate Services
- Nick Maling- Acting DDG – Strategy, Performance and Engagement
- Dave Samuels - DDG – China Relations
- Jarred Mair - Acting DDG – Policy and Trade
- Risk management committee
- High-resolution images for media use
Martyn took up the role of Director-General in November 2013.
Before this appointment, he was New Zealand's High Commissioner to Australia – a role in which he was responsible for managing a range of trade issues with one of our most important trading partners. He was also the Chief Executive/Comptroller of the New Zealand Customs Service from 2004 to 2011. During his time at Customs, he was elected Chair of the World Customs Organisation – the largest international organisation responsible for setting global customs, trade security, and customs operating standards.
Until 2004, Martyn served as an officer in the New Zealand Army for 27 years, including service with the Special Air Service (SAS). He commanded the deployment of New Zealand Forces in East Timor from 1999–2001 and was subsequently responsible for the establishment of a single New Zealand Joint Forces Command in the rank of Major General.
Martyn holds a Masters of Arts (Strategic Studies) from La Trobe University, Melbourne. He is a graduate fellow of the Australian College of Defence and Strategic Studies and a graduate of the Australian Army Command and Staff College, Fort Queenscliffe. He is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management.
Chief Operations Officer and Head of Biosecurity New Zealand
Roger leads MPI’s Operations branch with responsibility for delivering border clearance services, incursion diagnostics, surveillance, response management, compliance, intelligence, operational planning and national coordination.
Roger joined the organisation in 2011 as Deputy Director-General Verification and Systems. In 2014, he was appointed as MPI’s Deputy Director-General China Relations based in Beijing. He took up his current role in January 2017.
With over 30 years' experience in trade and border management, Roger has also previously served in both Brussels and Washington DC.
Deputy Director-General – Regulation and Assurance and Head of New Zealand Food Safety
Bryan joined the Ministry for Primary Industries in October 2016. Before joining MPI, he held the role of Associate Deputy Chief Executive Community Investment with the Ministry for Social Development.
Bryan's background is in regulation across a range of industries. He spent 2 years with Aurizon Network in Brisbane and 10 years in leadership roles within Telecom. He has also held various positions with The Treasury, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, New Zealand Employment Service, and Department of Internal Affairs.
He is responsible for the MPI's regulatory activities and functions across the food safety, biosecurity, and primary production systems (including animal welfare).
Acting Deputy Director-General – Sector Partnerships and Programmes
Justine Gilliland has been Acting Deputy Director-General of Sector Partnerships and Programmes since April 2018. She was previously Director of Investment Programmes, responsible for most of MPI's external grants and funds – for example, the Primary Growth Partnership, the Sustainable Farming Fund, climate change research and afforestation funds, among others.
Prior to joining MPI, Justine held leadership positions in various government agencies, including heading the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission of Inquiry. Her background is in law, policy, strategy, and communications.
Head of Forestry New Zealand
Julie has a Bachelor of Forestry Science degree and more than 30 years’ experience in forestry and land use policy. She previously worked for the New Zealand Forest Service and its successor, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. This work involved the valuation of Crown forests, conservation policy for indigenous forests on private land and incorporating forestry and agriculture into the Emissions Trading Scheme.
Julie also spent 15 years in the UK and held a senior role with the Forestry Commission, leading one of four England Forestry Strategy programmes. She worked with the forest industry to identify and solve their business issues and led work on renewable energy, grant development and sustainability initiatives.
Deputy Director-General and Head of Fisheries New Zealand
Dan first joined the organisation in 1986 as an agricultural economist for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
In his previous role as Deputy Director-General of MAF's Strategy and Performance Group, Dan was responsible for leading MAF's corporate strategy management, organisational planning and performance, internal governance support, risk and assurance, and communications functions.
Dan has an extensive background with MAF's policy team, where he focused on issues affecting the economic performance of agriculture and forestry.
Deputy Director-General – Corporate Services
John previously held the role of Executive Director of Corporate Services for Capital and Coast, Hutt, and Wairarapa District Health Boards.
Before this, he held senior positions in both the public and private sectors, including:
- Deputy Chief Executive/Chief Operating Officer at the Ministry of Justice
- Chief Executive of the Building Industry Authority (where he lead the regulatory response to leaky homes).
He's also held a number of senior CFO, corporate and programme roles including leading the building programme for 4 new regional prisons and the redevelopment of the National Library.
His work career spans senior roles in New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
John is actively involved in the arts and is on the boards of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the New Zealand Festival, and the Wellington Jazz Festival.
Acting Deputy Director-General – Strategy, Performance and Engagement
Nick Maling joined MPI in 2011 as Communications and Channels Director and was later appointed to the role of Director Strategy. He is currently on secondment to lead Strategy, Performance and Engagement until June 2018.
Nick began his career as a journalist, writing extensively about New Zealand’s health sector and politics for a wide range of newspapers. He spent 5 years in the Beehive as a ministerial press secretary and 5 years managing communications issues around social housing at Housing New Zealand.
Nick is responsible for supporting MPI’s Senior Leadership Team with communications, legal, strategy, ministerial, and evaluation services.
Deputy Director-General – China Relations
Dave took up his role as the Deputy Director-General – China Relations in August 2017 with responsibility for continuing to strengthen relationships with our Chinese counterparts, progressing a range of trade and market access initiatives, and leading MPI's China-based team.
Dave joined MPI in 2012 and prior to his overseas posts, Dave was a Director with the Ministry based in New Zealand. More recently Dave was the Regional Agriculture Counsellor based in Dubai and responsible for enhancing trade in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Dave holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from Victoria University (ANZSOG) and a Master's degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from Massey University.
Acting Deputy Director-General – Policy and Trade
Jarred has been Acting Deputy Director-General of Policy and Trade since January 2018. He was previously Director Sector Policy within the Policy and Trade branch. Sector Policy is a team of competition and economic experts, who provide advice and economic analysis to support primary sector growth.
Prior to joining the Ministry for Primary Industries, Jarred was an Associate Director at Deloitte New Zealand. He led a team specialising in economic development, strategy and operations, and New Zealand’s primary sector development.
During this period Jarred lead the development of national strategies for horticulture and red meat and developed and implemented several large innovation programmes to transform the performance and structure of New Zealand's meat sector.
The Risk Management Committee advises the Director-General on the effectiveness of MPI's organisational processes and systems relating to risk management and assurances. The committee is an external group. It is chaired by Kevin Brady. The other members are Peter Sherwin and Dr Allan Freeth.
Media needing high-resolution images of members of the senior leadership team can download these files:
Martyn Dunne [JPG, 535 KB]
Roger Smith [JPG, 1.2 MB]
Bryan Wilson [JPG, 1.2 MB]
Justine Gilliland [JPG, 349 KB]
Dan Bolger [JPG, 5.6 MB]
John Ryan [JPG, 5.6 MB]
Nick Maling [JPG, 1.9 MB]
Dave Samuels [JPG, 4 MB]
Jarred Mair [JPG, 227 KB]
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