The State Services Commissioner, Iain Rennie, today announced that current Treasury Deputy Chief Executive Andrew Kibblewhite has been appointed Chief Executive of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC). 

Mr Kibblewhite, who has previously served as Director of the DPMC’s Policy Advisory Group replaces Maarten Wevers, who leaves the Department on 13 June.   

Iain Rennie described Mr Kibblewhite as an outstanding manager with a strong policy and central agency background.

“Andrew has demonstrated notable leadership and is an effective proponent for change and improvement across the government sector,” Mr Rennie said.  “He has trusted relationships across the Public Sector, particularly with Chief Executives, and his proven insight, energy, drive, and commitment complements his collaborative abilities.”

“Along with me as Head of State Services, and the Secretary to the Treasury, Andrew will have a pivotal role in the Government’s groundbreaking Better Public Services programme to ensure accountability and transparency across the Public Service,” Mr Rennie said. 

The Better Public Services Programme is the next phase in the Government’s Public Sector reforms and is focused on getting the system working to deliver better results.

Rebecca Kitteridge, currently the Secretary of the Cabinet, will be the Acting DPMC Chief Executive until Mr Kibblewhite takes up his new position on 25 June 2012.


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Andrew Kibblewhite currently deputises for the Chief Executive/Secretary to The Treasury in a range of engagements, and acts in the CE role in the CE’s absence.  In 2011 he led the Secretariat that supported the Better Public Services Advisory Group whose report was released by the Prime Minister in March.

Previous to this, he served as Director of the Policy Advisory Group at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

He began his career at the Treasury and in 2002 became General Manager Strategic Development at the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology. He spent five months on secondment to Industrial Research Ltd as General Manager Research and Development Operations.

Andrew has a BSc(Hons) from the University of Canterbury, a BCA from Victoria University and an MBA from Stanford University.

Forty-six year old Andrew is married with three teenage boys with whom he enjoys both playing and coaching rugby and cricket.

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