Iona Holsted
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Iona Holsted

Ministry of Education / Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Secretary for education

  • Appointed 2016.
  • Previously chief review officer and chief executive of the Education Review Office.
  • Between 2007 and 2014 held four senior management roles at the Ministry of Social Development.
  • Was deputy commissioner at the State Services Commission for six years.
  • Started her career as a primary school teacher.
  • Completed an executive leadership programme at the INSEAD Business School, and studied strategic leadership at Oxford University.
  • Has a Higher Diploma of teaching from Victoria University.

Career

Education Review Office / Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga
Chief Executive Officer
Jul 2014 - Dec 2016
Ministry of Education / Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga
Chief Executive and Secretary for Education
Dec 2016 - Present

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