State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has today announced the appointment of Gráinne Moss as establishment Chief Executive of the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki.

“I am very pleased to appoint Mrs Moss to this newly established role and welcome her to the Public Service,” Mr Hughes said.

Mrs Moss’s career spans more than 25 years in both the public and private sectors across the UK, Switzerland and New Zealand. For the last nine years Mrs Moss worked at Bupa Care Services NZ, one of New Zealand’s largest providers of care services to elderly people. Her most recent role was Managing Director, and before this she spent five years as the General Manager for their aged care and rehabilitation services. She has also spent the early part of her career in the UK and New Zealand public health systems.

“Too many of our children and young people are being abused and neglected,” said Mr Hughes.

“The Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki will take a new approach to government services that support and protect vulnerable children, teenagers and their families,” he said.

“Mrs Moss is a transformational leader with a proven track record of leading and managing change across multiple industries and a variety of countries,” he said. “She will bring new ideas and fresh perspectives to help the new agency make a real difference in the lives of New Zealand children”.

“Her experience at Bupa providing care services to elderly New Zealanders means she understands how to run a large organisation focused on caring for people who can be vulnerable and need help and support,” he said.  

The Chief Executive of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki will be the Government’s lead provider of policy advice and services for vulnerable children and young people, within the context of wider social sector policy and Government priorities.  

Mrs Moss will become the acting Chief Executive of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki from 5 September 2016, initially part-time then full-time from 10 October 2016. She will then become Chief Executive for a five year term once the Ministry is formally established on 1 April 2017.

Mrs Moss holds a Masters of Business Administration (with honours) from the prestigious IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Biography

Gráinne Moss’s career spans over 25 years in the public and private sectors across three countries, the UK, Switzerland and New Zealand. Most recently Gráinne worked at Bupa Care Services NZ for nine years. Her most recent role was Managing Director, and before this she spent five years as General Manager Rehabilitation and Care Services.

Bupa Care Services NZ is the largest aged care provider in NZ. It has 4,500 staff, an asset base of $1.1billion, manages 60 care homes, 33 retirement villages, and seven rehabilitation centres, providing care and support to over 20,000 New Zealanders.

Gráinne was awarded an MBA (Hons) in 2003 from IMD Switzerland where she was recognized as one of the top five students and presented with the prestigious Gillian Welshe Award for the outstanding female graduate.

Prior to studying for her MBA she worked at Carter Holt Harvey Forests as the Human Resources Manager and then moved to the Central North Island as the Regional Operations Manager for Forests.

Gráinne holds a BSc (Hons) in Human Anatomy and Biology from the University of Liverpool and spent the early years of her career in the UK National Health Service prior to emigrating to New Zealand at the end of the 90s.

Originally from Ireland, Gráinne is an accomplished long-distance swimmer. She is the first Irish woman to swim the English Channel and Cook Strait.

Notes to Editors

A photo of Mrs Moss is available, please email SSC-Media@SSC.govt.nz

The State Sector Act provides for an Acting Chief Executive to be appointed for a new Public Service Department in advance of the Department being formally established and commencing operations.

Gráinne is pronounced ‘Grohn-yah’.

Some of the papers for download specify that Mrs Moss was Managing Director at Bupa Care Services New Zealand from April 2012 to May 2016.  The correct date of Ms Moss commencing this role is April 2013.    

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