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The Ministry of Justice’s Strategic Leadership Team is led by Andrew Kibblewhite, Secretary for Justice and Chief Executive. They set the Ministry’s strategic direction including initiatives to help modernise our services.

The team plays an important role in developing and maintaining relationships, particularly with the judiciary, Ministers, other justice sector agencies, central agencies, professional bodies and other organisations.

Strategic Leadership Team


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Andrew Kibblewhite, Secretary for Justice & Chief Executive

Andrew Kibblewhite has been Secretary since February 2019. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) for seven years. Andrew’s previous experience in the public service includes roles as Deputy Chief Executive at Treasury, Director of the Policy Advisory Group at the DPMC, and General Manager Strategic Development at the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology. Andrew began his career at the Treasury and has a BSc (Hons) from the University of Canterbury, a BCA from Victoria University, and an MBA (Arjay Millar Scholar) from Stanford University.

Andy Fulbrook, Deputy Secretary, Corporate and Governance

Andy joined the Ministry in January 2015 as Chief Financial Officer, and has been acting in the role of Deputy Secretary Corporate and Governance since December 2018. Prior to joining the Ministry, he held a number of senior financial and other corporate roles during 16 years at the Ministry of Social Development. He trained as an accountant in London and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

 Carl Crafar, Chief Operating Officer, Operations & Service Delivery

Carl joined the Ministry in August 2016 to lead the Ministry’s newly created Operations and Service Delivery Group. This brings all our operations together providing one operational view of our service delivery and customer outcomes. Carl has a long involvement with the social sector, and has held a number of senior roles in the Ministry of Social Development. He was responsible for national service delivery, most recently as Deputy Chief Executive, Social Housing, leading MSD's social housing operations.  

Colin Lynch, Deputy Chief Executive, Sector

Colin joined the Ministry in late 2015. Previously he was Deputy Government Statistician, Deputy Secretary in the State Sector Performance Group, and Manager of the Health Section at the Treasury. Colin trained as an economist at the University College Dublin, completing a Master of Arts in Economics.

Rajesh Chhana, Deputy Secretary, Policy

Rajesh took up the position of Deputy Secretary Policy in early 2015. He has more than a decade’s experience at the Ministry, dating back to 1996 when he joined as a legal advisor in the Legal Service Group. He has held a variety of senior advisory and management roles in both the public and private sectors, including here at the Ministry as General Manager of Crime Prevention Criminal Justice (now Criminal Justice). Before taking up the role of Deputy Secretary Policy, Rajesh was Director of National Security Policy at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Tina Wakefield, Chief Information Officer & Deputy Secretary, Information & Communication Technology

Tina joined the Ministry in late 2014 as Chief Information Officer. She was previously the General Manager of Government Information Services at the Department of Internal Affairs, where she led development of the All-Of-Government online strategy, standards and associated services. Other roles include leadership of the Government ICT Supply Management Office and she was also responsible for IT service management and assurance, security and risk. Before joining the public sector, Tina held senior roles at Telecom.

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