Dept of Internal Affairs deputy executive shuffle

Two new appointments made, while another becomes vacant

The two new deputy chief executive posts at the Department of Internal Affairs advertised in October have been filled, while another role overseeing government online services has become vacant.

The DIA has appointed Tim Occleshaw to the new role of deputy chief executive Service and System Transformation. He will take up the position in mid-December.

He will report to chief executive Colin MacDonald and sit on the executive leadership team.

Occleshaw was a deputy commissioner at Inland Revenue and a former CIO at the Ministry of Social Development.

Service and System Transformation is one of two new branches in Internal Affairs that has been established from the previous Knowledge, Information Research and Technology branch. The other new branch is the Information and Knowledge Services Branch.

Sue Powell, currently acting deputy chief executive Service and System Transformation, has been appointed deputy chief executive of the Information and Knowledge Services branch. She also sits on the executive leadership team.

Meanwhile, a third deputy chief executive position, heading the existing Service Delivery and Operations unit, has fallen vacant, with the resignation of Charles Ronaldson.

The service delivery and operations post offers “an opportunity to innovate for a step-change in Internal Affairs delivery of services to New Zealand’s citizens and communities” and to “take a lead role in building and shaping Internal Affairs organisational culture,” says a recruitment advertisement.

The SDO branch is responsible for delivering services for passports, citizenship, births deaths and marriages, identity services, charities and community operations, as well as customer services and branch development and support.

SDO is also responsible for “future-focused, cross-government identity information management that will support Internal Affairs responsibility to deliver Result 10 — ‘New Zealanders can complete their transactions with government easily in a digital environment’,” says the advertisement.

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