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Chief Executive and Secretary of Foreign Affairs and TradeMinistry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

On behalf of the State Services Commission, Ichor is pleased to have assisted with the appointment of Chris Seed to the position of Chief Executive and Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) has approximately 1,500 staff, including a network of 60 posts in 53 countries.   

As an experienced diplomat and public servant, Chris' most recent role was as New Zealand's High Commissioner to Australia, a position he held for five years. Over the years, Chris has led a number of key initiatives to advance MFAT's agenda, including working to raise NZ's profile in the Pacific region.

In both his international postings and senior leadership roles at MFAT, Chris has successfully balanced competing interests, managed international relationships and optimised opportunities to represent and protect NZ's overseas interests.

In his new role, Chris will be accountable for delivering on the Government’s foreign, international trade, development and climate change policy objectives, as well as contributing to New Zealand’s broader security, economic and environmental objectives.

He commences his new role in February 2019, for a term of five years.