It gives me great pleasure to present this Annual Report as the new State Services Commissioner and Head of State Services. I am very pleased to take up this role and join the State Services Commission.
Coming into this role I have found an organisation in good heart, with committed and capable staff working hard to make a difference.
This report sets out their achievements during the 2015/16 year. These include:
The introduction of the Talent Management Information System (TMIS), giving a singlesystem for guiding development and assessing leadership skills across the Stateservices.
An improved and tailored Performance Improvement Framework (PIF) giving greaterflexibility in the timing and type of PIF reviews that agencies and sectors have availableto them.
Ongoing work with Public Service Chief Executives to build and reinforce a collaborativeteam approach and culture where chief executives work together to tackle difficult issuesand get the Public Service working as a single system.
The achievements set out in this Annual Report were carried out under the leadership of the previous State Services Commissioner, Iain Rennie. Mr Rennie held this role for eight years, making him the third longest serving Commissioner since the role was established more than a century ago.
In his time as State Services Commissioner, Iain achieved a great deal and the changes and programmes he brought in will have a lasting impact on the State services. Under Iain’s leadership we saw the creation of Better Public Services, the introduction of the PIF, a major overhaul of the State Sector Act and Public Finance legislation and significant improvements in the diversity of the Public Service’s senior leadership.
I look forward to building on these achievements and working with the staff of the State Services Commission and the wider State services to make a difference for New Zealand and New Zealanders.