Leadership team

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development’s leadership team works collaboratively to set and guide HUD’s strategic direction.

Andrew Crisp


Chief Executive

Andrew has been Chief Executive of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) since December 2018.

Andrew joined HUD as Acting Chief Executive in October 2018, on secondment from his substantive role as Chief Executive at Land Information New Zealand (LINZ). At LINZ he was responsible for overseeing a diverse range of functions, with the aim of ensuring New Zealand has accurate information about where people and places are, people have confidence in their property rights and Crown property is well managed for future generations.

Prior to LINZ, Andrew held a number of leadership roles across the public sector, including at The Treasury, the Department of Labour, the Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). Andrew was part of the leadership team that established MBIE in 2012 and held the role of Deputy Chief Executive, Building, Resources and Markets.

Andrew began his career in the private sector at accounting and consultancy firm Coopers and Lybrand. He has a broad range of experience across a number of policy and regulatory domains, in operations and in strategy and corporate functions.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration degree from Victoria University of Wellington, and is a Chartered Accountant.

Scott Gallacher


DCE Funding and Programme Delivery

Scott is responsible for delivering on the Government’s new supply aspirations for public housing, as well as spearheading activities to address and end homelessness.

Prior to joining HUD, Scott was responsible for the Ministry of Primary Industries’ regulatory activities and functions, spanning across the food safety, biosecurity and primary production systems (including fisheries management and animal welfare).

Scott has a broad background within government and the private sector.  He has worked in the private legal sector in New Zealand and Australia, as well as with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has extensive experience in regulatory and international trade matters and has served as an arbitrator on a number of international trade disputes.

Brad Ward


DCE Place-based Policy and Programmes

Brad was most recently the Head of the Chief Executive’s Office at MBIE, where he supported the Chief Executive to lead MBIE and execute their broader system leadership responsibilities.

Previous roles with MBIE have included the General Manager of the Commerce, Consumers and Communications Branch, Acting Deputy Chief Executive for the Building, Resources and Markets Group, and recently the Interim Head of KiwiBuild.

Brad has also worked for Unisys, AMP Financial Services in New Zealand, Australia and India and the Ministry of Economic Development.

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DCE Corporate

Quin is the Acting DCE Corporate of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. He has previously held Chief Information Officer (CIO) positions with Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and HUD.

As CIO at HUD he was responsible for the establishment and transition of information and systems for the new Ministry.

Quin has extensive experience in managing large record management platforms, ICT systems and services. Quin worked at LINZ for 17 years in various roles spanning operations, technology, infrastructure, and supplier liaison. During this time he also relocated his family to Vancouver for 11 months to manage vendor relations for a major system replacement.

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DCE Office of the Chief Executive

Helen Potiki is Deputy Chief Executive, Office of the Chief Executive. Helen is Ngāti Porou, Tapuika and Ngāi Tahu.

Helen has held Executive Leadership Team roles at the Ministry for Women and the Department of Internal Affairs. She was previously Director, Policy at the Ministry for Women and was recently the Acting Chief Executive.

Helen has been on secondment to the Office of the Government Chief Digital Officer at the Department of Internal Affairs and held a previous role as Director in the Office of the Chief Executive at the Department of Internal Affairs.

Helen was a 2018 Leadership Development Centre Fellow during which time she focused on examining how flexible work can enable public and civil sectors to deliver effective services to diverse communities.

Helen has 18 years’ experience in central government policy both domestic and international, and across a range of sectors including social development and education. She has represented New Zealand in several international forums, including as the New Zealand Government’s lead negotiator at the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations, New York.

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DCE Housing and Urban Settings

Mark was formerly the Deputy Chief Executive, Data System Leadership at Statistics New Zealand, where he was leading efforts to get agencies across government working more effectively together and to make better use of data for policy and service design.

He has extensive public sector experience, including 13 years at the Treasury. His roles there included Advisor to the Secretary to the Treasury, Labour Markets and Income Policy Manager, Fiscal Management Manager, and Macro Economic Policy Manager.

Mark spent three years at the Ministry for the Environment as Director, Natural and Built Environment Policy, including working on planning law reform. He spent four years as Deputy Chief Executive Organisational Performance and Operations, and Chief Operating Officer.

Originally from Canterbury, Mark has a Masters in Commerce from Canterbury University.

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DCE System Performance Group

Stephanie Rowe was previously the Director of Compliance Services at the Ministry for Primary Industries where she was leading a team of close to 300 frontline officers, investigators and analysts around New Zealand. The team were undertaking compliance and enforcement activities relating to animal welfare, fisheries, food safety and biosecurity.

Prior to this role, Stephanie held a number of roles at MPI, including the Head of Intelligence and Operations, and Policy Manager for the Biosecurity System.

Before MPI, Stephanie was a scientist at the Department of Conservation where she worked on reducing the negative effects of fishing on protected species, including seabirds, dolphins and corals.

Stephanie holds a Master of Science degree in Ecology.

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DCE, Tumuaki - Te Kāhui Kāinga Ora

Kararaina’s group Te Kāhui Kāinga Ora will lead the development of HUD’s strategic direction for Māori Housing and our engagement with iwi and other Māori entities. 

Kararaina’s career has extensively spanned the education sector portfolios for a number of decades.  Kararaina has provided leadership through a range of education management positions at Whitireia Community Polytechnic, New Zealand Qualifications Authority, the Ministry of Education, Ministry for Women, and was Chief Executive of the Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust.  

She has Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kauwhata and Ngā Puhi whakapapa.

Published: September 12, 2019