The State Services Commissioner, Iain Rennie, today announced the appointment of Brendan Boyle to the position of Chief Executive, Ministry of Social Development.

Mr Boyle is currently Chief Executive and Secretary for Internal Affairs and Secretary of Local Government, Department of Internal Affairs, a position he has held since February 2008.

“Brendan Boyle has 28 years’ experience in the public service.  In his current position he led the Auckland governance reforms, which required the integration of eight councils, and successfully managed the Canterbury civil defence emergency response.

“Brendan has demonstrated the ability to work successfully through high profile change like these as well as the integration of the National Library of New Zealand and Archives New Zealand into DIA, and Land Information New Zealand’s Landonline project,” Iain Rennie said.

Mr Boyle is also the Government Chief Information Officer.  He is responsible for developing and implementing the Government’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Strategy and for providing strategic advice on ICT matters.  

Brendan Boyle was appointed as the Chief Executive of LINZ in August 2003. In 2006-2007 the Landonline project, which he led, was completed successfully.  Landonline provided for all land information and service provision for customers to be undertaken electronically.  

Prior to this role at LINZ, Mr Boyle was Director of the E-Government Unit, in the State Services Commission from 2000, where he was responsible for leading the drive towards an e-government environment for New Zealand.

Mr Boyle has a Law Degree from Otago University and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 1991.  He has also completed a Masters in Business Administration at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management as well as further executive education at Harvard Business School and INSEAD in France.

Mr Boyle will take up the position on 1 October 2011, for a five year term.

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