Debbie Power
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Debbie Power

Ministry of Social Development / Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora

Chief executive

  • Appointed February 2019.
  • Previously deputy state services commissioner.
  • Led work to restructure and simplify chief executive remuneration.
  • Started as a frontline case manager at the then-Department of Social Welfare in 1980.
  • Has held a range of senior roles in MSD.
  • Between 2007 and 2010 was private secretary at Parliament.
  • Also worked for the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions.
  • Holds an Executive Master’s in Public Administration from Victoria University and has attended the Harvard Business School.

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