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.

Jo Hughes


DCE Policy

Jo comes to us from the DCE Strategic Policy and Programmes role at MBIE. Jo has been responsible for setting MBIE’s microeconomic strategy, working (alongside Te Puni Kōkiri) on the Government’s Māori economic development strategy and Action Plan He Kai Kei Aku Ringa, and on improving economic outcomes for Pasifika. Her group also houses the cross-agency ‘Better for Business’ program and leads MBIE’s regulatory stewardship program.

Jo was previously the General Manager of MBIE’s Labour and Immigration Policy Branch. Prior to joining MBIE in 2013, she spent nine years at the Treasury and held roles in financial markets policy, innovation policy and Crown asset ownership monitoring. Jo started her career at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand where she worked on monetary policy and financial markets issues.

Scott Gallacher


DCE Public Housing Supply

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.

Catherine Taylor


Head of People and Culture

Catherine was recently working at KiwiBuild, supporting the set-up of the unit and was previously part of the Kiwibank senior leadership team as Group Manager People. In 2001 Catherine joined the New Zealand Post Banking Project Team (Kiwibank Limited) and developed and led the People strategy, programmes and processes for this start-up from scratch and was instrumental in creating a very successful culture that was, at the time, highly regarded by many other companies in New Zealand.

After leaving Kiwibank, Catherine worked on assignment at the Ministry of Health as Group Manager People and Capability, reviewing and rebuilding the People and Capability function and people processes for the Ministry. Catherine developed a new People Strategy, and delivered a range of projects and initiatives.

Brad Ward


DCE KiwiBuild and Large Scale Projects

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.

Nick Maling


DCE Strategy Development

Nick Maling joins us from MPI, where he held a variety of senior leadership roles across Communications and Strategy. For the last year, he has been Acting Deputy Director General Strategy, Performance and Engagement, and has led MPI’s recent transition in structure.

Nick began his career as a journalist, writing extensively about New Zealand’s health sector and politics for a wide range of newspapers. He spent five years in the Beehive as a ministerial press secretary, and worked on both the Housing and Building and Construction portfolios. He also spent five years with Housing New Zealand.

Kupenga TeRau

Te Rau

Tumuaki Te Kahui Kainga Ora – DCE Māori Housing

Te Rau is working with HUD to recruit for the new role of Tumuaki (DCE) and strengthen HUD’s Māori capability. Of Ngāti Porou descent, Te Rau worked for his iwi on Waitangi Tribunal claims, as a senior solicitor in private law firms, and as a presenter on television shows for Māori Television and TVNZ. In 2011, he was the first Māori appointment to the Board of the Broadcasting Standards Authority in the Board's 21 year history.  He has been Deputy Secretary for the Environment at the Ministry for the Environment, and part of the Senior Leadership Team at the Ministry of Education. He is now a consultant providing strategic and general advice to the private and public sectors – including HUD.

quin carver dce corporate HUD


Acting 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.

Helen Potiki Final


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.

Published: June 24, 2019