Jeremy Lightfoot
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Jeremy Lightfoot

Department of Corrections / Ara Poutama Aotearoa

Chief executive officer

  • Appointed February 2020
  • Helped develop a five-year strategy to eliminate over-representation of Māori in the criminal justice system.
  • Joined Corrections in 2010, serving as deputy CE, general manager of finance, technology and commercial, and national commissioner.
  • Public private partnership director of the Wiri Prison.
  • Extensive public sector, commercial and contract management experience in NZ and the UK, with a strong focus on PPPs and public finance initiatives.


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Managing Director
Aug 2003 - Jun 2011
Department of Corrections / Ara Poutama Aotearoa
National Commissioner, General Manager Finance, Technology and Commercial
Sep 2012 - May 2017
Customs Service / Te Mana Arai o Aotearoa
Deputy Comptroller
May 2017 - Jul 2017
Department of Corrections / Ara Poutama Aotearoa
Chief Executive Officer, Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Jul 2017 - Present

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