Audrey Sonerson
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Audrey Sonerson

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade / Manatū Aorere

Deputy chief executive, people and operations

  • Appointed July 2018.
  • Responsible for managing resource allocation, health, safety and wellbeing.
  • Previously a police deputy commissioner with oversight of the Royal NZ Police College, and other organisations and groups.
  • Earlier DCE at the Ministry of Justice, and has worked at the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and the Treasury.
  • Has a Master’s in economics from Victoria University.


Ministry of Education / Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga
Manager (Secondment)
Jan 2008 - Dec 2009
The Treasury / Te Tai Ōhanga
Jan 2009 - Dec 2012
Ministry of Justice / Tāhū o te Ture
Deputy Chief Executive / Deputy Secretary (OD&S), General Manager Sector Strategy
Aug 2012 - Oct 2016
New Zealand Police / Ngā Pirihimana o Aotearoa
Deputy Commissioner: Resource Management
Oct 2016 - Jul 2018
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade / Manatū Aorere
Deputy Chief Executive (People & Operations)
Jul 2018 - Present

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