Sarah Turner
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Sarah Turner

Ministry of Health / Manatū Hauora

Deputy director general, office of the director general

  • Tasked with ensuring NZ has the workforce needed to deliver health outcomes.
  • Previously at the Ministry of Justice in group management and deputy secretary roles.
  • Management career has included policy, service delivery and operations, as well as leading and embedding organisational change.
  • Most recent role spanned service design and improvement, service commissioning, and implementing legislative change.
  • Has led teams and business units up to 900 staff.


Ministry of Health / Manatū Hauora
Policy Manager
Jan 1996 - Dec 2007
Ministry for Women / Manatū Wāhine
Policy GM
Jan 2007 - Dec 2010
Ministry of Justice / Tāhū o te Ture
Deputy Secretary Legal and Operational Services, General Manager Courts and Justice Services
Aug 2012 - Apr 2016
Ministry of Justice / Tāhū o te Ture
Group Manager Commissioning and Service Improvement
Sep 2016 - Feb 2019
Ministry of Health / Manatū Hauora
Deputy Director-General Office of the Director-General
Feb 2019 - Present

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