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22 February 1999
Assistant Director General/Group Director FoodAssurance Agency; and Assistant Director General/Group Director Biosecurity Agency
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s Director-General, BruceRoss announced today the two people who will lead the soon to be formed Food Assurance and Biosecurity Agencies withinthe Ministry.
The two agencies will formally begin on July 1 and will be made up ofcurrent MAF Regulatory Authority staff and associated Food staff from the Ministry ofHealth. Andrew McKenzie, currently Assistant Director-General/Chief of the RegulatoryAuthority, will take up the position of Assistant Director-General/Group Director FoodAssurance Agency.
Barry O’Neil, currently Chief Veterinary Officer within theRegulatory Authority, will take up the position of Assistant Director-General/GroupDirector Biosecurity Agency.
Advertising for the positions took place in New Zealand and Australiaas well as a search process in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Professor Ross said he was pleased with the calibre of both theexternal and internal candidates particularly those shortlisted and subsequentlyinterviewed. "Given this, it is pleasing that two internal candidates have beenappointed as this is an indication of the calibre of the people within MAF," he said.
Both Andrew McKenzie and Barry O’Neil will continue in their current roles butwill be working with the Establishment and Change Management Teams overseeing the creationof the two agencies by 1 July 1999. It is hoped that the structures of the agencies willbe made available in early April 1999.