Team members and structure
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.
Deputy Chief Executive
Place-based Policy and Programmes
The Place-based Policy and Programmes group works with councils, iwi and others based in the community to understand how government policy can influence housing and urban development outcomes for people and communities around New Zealand. They help to ensure the right resources are effectively targeted to the places that need it most and to influence national approaches to addressing housing and urban development challenges and opportunities.
Brad started his career in the financial services sector, before joining the (former) Ministry of Economic Development, now the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). He held numerous leadership roles at MBIE, including Acting Deputy Chief Executive Building, Resources and Markets, General Manager responsible for commerce, communications and consumer policy, and Head of the Office of the Chief Executive.
Brad played a critical role in the establishment and development of HUD, initially appointed in October 2018 as Head of the Office of the Chief Executive and then as DCE KiwiBuild and Large-Scale Developments.
Brad is passionate about helping build an organisation with a strong purpose that will make a difference and that people feel connected to. His leadership style evokes this passion and drive, through encouraging positive change and supporting people to succeed and make a real difference. He draws on his private sector experience and former MBIE role in overseeing the rollout of Ultra-Fast Broadband in the commercial nous he brings to HUD, both in terms of his focus on making an impact and developing strong relationships with stakeholders.
Acting Deputy Chief Executive
Funding and Programme Delivery
The Funding and Programme Delivery group provides support for people who have the greatest housing needs, by funding the delivery of public housing, transitional housing, and housing related support services to tackle homelessness in New Zealand. To do this, they partner with Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities, community and transitional housing providers, developers, social services, councils and other agencies. The group works closely with HUD’s policy groups to help inform advice to the Government on preventing and reducing homelessness, and to ensure policies and interventions are targeted to the places that need it most.
Jo is an exceptional leader and has worked in a variety of high profile and complex environments, predominantly within Government. Her background is in corporate services, having previously worked as Head of Corporate at Education Payroll Limited before joining HUD in September 2018, originally as Chief Financial Officer. As part of the initial HUD leadership team, she played a key role in supporting HUD’s establishment.
More recently, Jo was the Establishment Lead for Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities, which brought together the people, capabilities and resources of the KiwiBuild Unit, Housing New Zealand and its development subsidiary HLC in October 2019.
Jo is focused on supporting the Funding and Programme Delivery group in its work, partnering with external providers to make a tangible difference to New Zealanders in need of safe, secure and stable accommodation.
Deputy Chief Executive
The Corporate Group includes people and culture, finance, legal, ICT and property functions that support and build HUD’s organisational culture and capability.
Quin has a strong operational background and has held a variety of leadership roles spanning operations, technology, infrastructure, and relationship management.
Quin first joined HUD in October 2018 as Chief Information Officer, with responsibility for the establishment and transition of information and systems for the new Ministry. Prior to HUD Quin was Chief Information Officer at Land Information New Zealand, leading the ICT function for the organisation and working to increase the value of location information to New Zealanders.
A core focus for Quin and the Corporate group is to ensure HUD has the processes, tools and support it needs to enable our people to do great work and to make HUD a great place to be.
Deputy Chief Executive
Housing and Urban Settings
The Housing and Urban Settings group provides advice to the Government on peoples’ experience of housing, whether they are homeless, live in public or transitional housing, or rent or own their home. They advise on ways to prevent and reduce homelessness, how to influence the number of houses built and how to build communities that people feel connected to. The group works closely with HUD’s Place-based Policy and Programmes group to adapt national policy settings to suit local needs.
Helen has strong leadership and governance experience across a range of sectors including social development and education. She is committed to empowering female leaders, having previously represented New Zealand at the United Nations as lead negotiator at the Commission on the Status of Women.
Helen joined HUD in June 2019 as Deputy Chief Executive, Office of the Chief Executive, and began leading the Housing and Urban Settings group in January 2020. Prior to HUD she held roles as Policy Director and Acting Chief Executive at the Department of Internal Affairs and Ministry for Women.
Helen is passionate about making a real difference to the lives of New Zealanders through housing and creating a sense of community. Her leadership approach is grounded in inspiring and supporting others through role modelling and providing the context, connections and culture that enable people to do their best work.
Helen is of Ngāti Porou, Tapuika and Ngāi Tahu descent.
Deputy Chief Executive
System Performance and Office of the Chief Executive
The System Performance and Office of the Chief Executive group helps shape and support the delivery of HUD’s purpose and strategic direction. The group includes strategy, insights, research, evaluation, monitoring and regulatory oversight functions. It also includes communications and engagement, ministerial servicing and project management functions that provide specialist advice to the Chief Executive and DCEs.
Stephanie joined HUD from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), where she held a number of senior roles including the Head of Intelligence and Operations, and the Director Compliance. Prior to MPI, she was a scientist at the Department of Conservation.
Stephanie’s background in ecology is reflected in her strong system focus, supporting HUD to take a collective view, seeing opportunities across the system and understanding potential flow-on effects.
Stephanie is passionate about how research and insights can support HUD in its decision making and long-term strategy. On a day-to-day basis this means she supports her team to build connections and share perspectives across HUD and with external partners, translate complex evidence and data, and help others understand the housing and urban development system.
Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi me Ngāti Kauwhata
Deputy Chief Executive, Tumuaki
Te Kāhui Kāinga Ora
HUD’s Māori Housing Unit – Te Kāhui Kāinga Ora – leads HUD’s focus to boost housing and urban development outcomes for Māori, working closely with Te Puni Kōkiri and Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities. Te Kāhui Kāinga Ora is also engaging whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori and with key stakeholders to support those who seek to progress developments and realise their aspirations with housing and urban development.
Kararaina has a Masters in Māori and Management and has extensive leadership experience, largely in the education sector. She has held senior management roles at Whitireia Community Polytechnic, and several across the Public Sector at the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry for Women and Te Puni Kōkiri.
Previously the Chief Executive of Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust, Kararaina is passionate about ensuring a whanau-centred approach to development, and recognising the importance and place of Māori identity, language and culture in our work. She plays an active role in supporting HUD’s journey as a genuine Treaty partner, working with whānau, hapū and iwi to support sustained housing aspirations for immediate and future generations.
Kararaina advocates for authenticity to be evident through our work and is committed to ensuring HUD’s principles of ‘treaty-anchored’ and ‘whenua-based’ are upheld in everything we do.
Published: January 15, 2020