Selected Engagements

Deputy Chief Executive - Service DeliveryMinistry of Social Development

Ichor is pleased to announce the appointment of Viv Rickard to the position of Deputy Chief Executive - Service Delivery at the Ministry of Social Development (MSD).

Viv was most recently Deputy Commissioner - District Operations at New Zealand Police - an organisation in which he has carved out a distinguished 33-year career. This was a second-tier role where he worked with districts to deliver better performance outcomes and supported a range of initiatives to modernise and transform the police force.

Prior to this, Viv spent two years on secondment to MSD, which included a period leading Child, Youth and Family and three months relieving as Chief Executive. His earlier roles included:

- Deputy Commissioner - District Operations (2014)

- Deputy Commissioner - Resource Management (2010)

- Assistant Commissioner - Operations (with Crime and Investigation portfolios)

Before being appointed Assistant Commissioner at Police National Headquarters, Viv served two years as Waitemata District Commander and prior to this, was Northland District Commander for five years.

Viv's appointment at MSD comes at a time of significant change, following the creation of Oranga Tamariki - Ministry of Children and the end of the term of the current, long-serving Chief Executive, Brendan Boyle.

He commenced his new role in June 2018.

Chief Operating OfficerACC

Ichor is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Tully to the position of Chief Operating Officer at ACC.

Mike was most recently Chief Customer Officer at ACC. Reporting to the Chief Executive Scott Pickering, this was a second-tier leadership role focused on customer strategy and insights, communications and injury prevention. Mike's work in this area has contributed to ACC being a responsible advocate for the customer across all aspects of the business.

Joining ACC in 2009, Mike's earlier roles included national leadership of the claims management network followed by a promotion to lead the client service delivery area, before taking on his most recent role.

With an earlier career spent working for the insurance giant IAG, Mike has previously held large regional and national leadership roles specialising in sales, claims management and corporate partnerships.

His transition to the role of Chief Operating Officer is welcomed at a time when ACC is progressing through a significant transformation programme, that will only stand to benefit through his continued involvement. 

Mike commences his new role in late June 2018.

Deputy Director-General, Policy and TradeMinistry for Primary Industries

Ichor is pleased to announce the appointment of Penny Nelson to the position of Deputy Director-General at the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Penny was most recently Deputy Secretary - Environmental Performance, Innovation & Climate at the Ministry for Environment. Reporting to the Chief Executive, this role had accountability for climate change, the marine environment and hazardous substances. Penny helped shape the Ministry's contributions in this area and was acknowledged as a key figure within the senior leadership team.

Prior to this, Penny made her mark as the Executive Director of the Sustainable Business Council at BusinessNZ, a role she held for three years from 2012 to 2015. Working to the then Chief Executive, Phil O'Reilly, Penny led the way for New Zealand businesses to compete on a common platform that was driven by sustainable business practices.

With a career that has been largely centred in the public sector, Penny's earlier career has revolved around senior policy leadership and advocacy roles in organisations including ACC, Landcare Research, DairyNZ and Ministry of Social Development.

Acknowledged by her peers for her breadth and depth of policy expertise, coupled with her understanding of New Zealand's global trade positioning, we are pleased to have advised on Penny's appointment to this integral role.

She commences her new role in August 2018. 

Chief Information OfficerDepartment of Corrections

Ichor is pleased to announce the appointment of Alastair Turrell to the position of Chief Information Officer at the Department of Corrections.

Alastair was most recently Director of the Software Division at Datacom, a strategic leadership role he held over a decade, contributing significantly to growth and expansion. Joining the IT services firm in 2002, Alastair was initially appointed to lead the Infrastructure Division, with particular emphasis on building Datacom's relationship with the Government through the provision of these services.

Prior to this, he was Partner and Managing Consultant at the PA Consulting Group for six years, working across London, Sydney and Auckland/Wellington. During this period, he led a series of high-impact IT transformation projects for clients including the London Futures Exchange and ANZ Bank.

With an earlier career in IT and management consulting, Alastair's commercial acumen, exceptional people skills and knowledge of the public sector position him well for success in this new role.

He commences his new role in March 2018.

General Manager - Strategy and PerformanceWorkSafe New Zealand

Ichor is pleased to announce the appointment of Jude Urlich to the position of General Manager - Strategy and Performance at WorkSafe New Zealand.

Jude is currently the Director of Engagement and Implementation at PHARMAC, a role she has held for the past four years. Having commenced at PHARMAC in 2010, she previously led this Crown entity's corporate and external relations.

Prior to this, she was Director at the Ministry of Economic Development, leading a programme of work that increased consumer consideration and changes in manufacturer attitudes and behaviour. She was also previously Head of Communications at New Zealand Lotteries.

With a deep background in policy, strategy, communications and public affairs, Jude's earlier career included roles at the Victoria University of Wellington, Ministry of Justice and Telecom.

She commences her new role in January 2018.

Chief Governance OfficerAccident Compensation Corporation

Ichor is pleased to announce the appointment of Deborah Roche to the position of Chief Governance Officer at the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC).

Deborah is currently the Deputy Director-General, Policy and Trade at the Ministry for Primary Industries, a role she has held for the past five years.

Prior to this, she was lead Policy Advisor to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Earlier leadership roles within the health sector include Deputy Director-General - Policy, Ministry of Health and previously Deputy Director at the Department of Health in London.

With an extensive background in the public sector, Deborah's involvement with Crown entities commenced at the Ministry of Health, where she monitored up to eight District Health Boards, including developing close working relationships with their respective Boards.

As a thought leader with the proven ability to lead strategic initiatives across the natural resources and health sectors, Deborah brings to this position a thorough understanding of cross-government collaboration.

She commences her new role in January 2018.

Chief ExecutiveNelson City Council

Ichor is pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick (Pat) Dougherty to the position of Chief Executive at the Nelson City Council.

Pat is currently the Chief Executive of the Kapiti Coast District Council, a role he has held for the past nine years. Prior to this, he was Deputy Chief Executive at the Nelson City Council.

With an extensive background in local government, Pat is widely regarded as a Chief Executive who can build cohesion across local authority boundaries, and brings a strong understanding of Nelson City Council’s role as a unitary authority. In addition, his ability to shape relationships with the community and iwi will be useful in developing a collaborative approach to this position.

He commences his new role in December 2017.