Selected Engagements

Chief of Operations - APEC21Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Ichor is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Cox to the position of Chief of Operations APEC21 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Peter was most recently the Manager within the High Performance Facilities and Major Events at Sport New Zealand, a role he had held since 2013. Here, he was responsible for developing national event strategy and delivery plans for major events such as the 2015 Cricket World Cup, the World Masters Games and the Rugby League World Cup.

Prior to this, he was General Manager of the iconic Ellerslie International Flower Show, which attracted approximately 60,000 visitors annually.

Earlier, he held General Manager roles for a number of organisations including New Zealand's first professional football club and a sport centre run by a large tertiary institution.

Originally from South Africa, Peter's earlier background was in academics where he lectured at a noted university in Port Elizabeth.

He commences his new role in February 2019.

Assistant Commissioner - Policy & OperationsOffice of the Privacy Commissioner

Ichor is pleased to announce the appointment of Jon Duffy to the position of Assistant Commissioner - Policy and Operations at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.

Jon was most recently the Head of Trust & Safety at Trade Me, where he was accountable for leading the Investigations, Dispute Resolutions, Fraud Prevention and Policy & Compliance teams.

Prior to joining Trade Me in 2010, Jon held a number of senior investigator roles at the Commerce Commission initially, followed by the Real Estate Agents Authority.

He is currently an advisory board member for CERT NZ, a board member of Consumer NZ, and board member and deputy chair of Netsafe.

A lawyer by profession, Jon's role at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner will provide effective leadership and management of the operational functions in policy, investigations and compliance.  

He commenced in the role in mid-July 2018.

Assistant Auditor-General - Research and DevelopmentOffice of the Auditor-General

Ichor is pleased to announce the appointment of Leeanne McAviney to the position of Assistant Auditor-General, Research and Development at the Office of the Auditor-General (OAG).

Leeanne was most recently Acting Director - Strategy at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). Leading a mid-sized team, this role had accountability for Service Design, Strategy Planning and Performance, Strategy Implementation and Change, and Projects. Leeanne's key objectives in this role included overseeing the development and coordination of the 2018 budget process, leading a refresh of strategic priorities and reviewing organisational governance arrangements.

Prior to joining MPI, Leeanne worked across a range of organisations in the public sector including the Ministry of Justice, Department of Internal Affairs and earlier, the Ministry of Economic Development.

During this period the roles she held included Press/Private Secretary, Chief Advisor to the Chief Operating Officer and Director - Strategic Performance. With a Master of Business Administration from the Victoria University of Wellington, Leeanne's role at the OAG will involve leading a team that undertakes research, develops new products and drives continuous improvement.

She commences her new role in October 2018.

Deputy Chief Executive - People, Culture and StrategyMinistry of Social Development

Ichor is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrea Lawton to the position of Deputy Chief Executive - People, Culture and Strategy at the Ministry of Social Development (MSD).

Andrea was most recently Director - Global People Solutions at Fonterra, where she spent a 10-year career progressing through increasingly broader and more complex HR leadership roles, with a strong global component. In her final role at Fonterra, Andrea led shared services, employment relations, programme management, people analytics, process and technology, as well as recruitment.

With a background in law, Andrea spent her early career in people and capability roles that spanned both the public and private sectors. This eventually led to an opportunity to join Fonterra's Global Ingredients and Foodservice business in 2008.

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

She commences her new role in September 2018.

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.