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The Service Priority Review is being led by an independent three-member panel. Photo of Iain Rennie

Iain Rennie CNZM (chair)

Iain Rennie was the New Zealand State Services Commissioner from 2008 to 2016 and Deputy State Services Commissioner from 2007 to 2008.

Iain joined the New Zealand Treasury in 1986 and worked from 1990 to 1993 and 2004 in the New Zealand Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He provided strategic leadership at New Zealand Treasury, advising the Minister of Finance on micro-economic and macro-economic policy issues.

In his role as State Services Commissioner, Iain was involved in a number of initiatives to improve the performance of the public service, including the Better Public Services and Performance Improvement Framework projects.

The State Sector Amendment Act 2013 gave him greater responsibility for developing senior leadership and management capability, including appointments to key positions within the public service. He was also responsible for driving State sector reform in line with the New Zealand Government's objectives. Iain has a BA (Hons) in Economics from Victoria University of Wellington.

 

Margaret Seares AO Margaret Seares photo

Margaret Seares has served as Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor of The University of Western Australia, Chief Executive of the former Western Australian Department for the Arts and chairperson of the Australia Council.

Margaret was chairperson of the Perth International Arts Festival in 2012 and has been a non-Executive Director of the Education Investment Fund, Chamber of Arts and Culture and Bond University Council.

She served as deputy chair at West Australian Symphony Orchestra Holdings and was a member of the Electricity Generation and Retail Corporation from 2010 to 2013 and then the merged entity from 2013 to 2014.

Margaret was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2003 in recognition of her work in the arts and education.

 

 

 

Michael Dillon Michael Dillon photo

Michael Dillon is a former CEO of the Indigenous Land Corporation and a veteran of Indigenous policy.

He has held the role of Deputy Secretary of the former Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and has had senior roles in Aboriginal organisations in the East Kimberley and Central Australia, Northern Territory Government, AusAID and Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Michael's research interests are in public policy and Indigenous affairs, with a particular focus on native title and Indigenous land issues, institutional frameworks and corporate governance, remote policy and Indigenous housing issues.