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Meet our Executive Leadership Team

Naomi Ferguson - Commissioner and Chief Executive

Naomi Ferguson is Commissioner and Chief Executive of Inland Revenue, a position she took up in July 2012.

She brings more than 20 years of experience in revenue agency management to the role, including serving as Deputy Commissioner, Service Delivery at Inland Revenue from 2003 to 2006. Before returning to Inland Revenue Naomi was Director, Business Customer and Strategy for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in the UK, where she earlier led HMRC’s compliance division. She has also worked for Inland Revenue in Northern Ireland, and in the UK banking industry.

Naomi has a Master of Arts in English Literature and Sociology from Glasgow University.


Greg James - Deputy Commissioner, Change

Greg James is Deputy Commissioner, Change. Greg was appointed to this position on 5 June 2013.

Greg has a wealth of experience in transformation and change, successfully leading a number of large scale programmes. In addition to this, Greg held executive roles at Fonterra as the Director Information Systems, Global Business Process, and Global Procurement. He was also acting CIO of Telecom Retail.


Mary Craig - Deputy Commissioner, Corporate Integrity and Assurance

Mary Craig is Deputy Commissioner, Corporate Integrity and Assurance and has had an extensive and varied career with Inland Revenue since she joined in the early 1990s.

Before accepting the role of Deputy Commissioner, Corporate Integrity and Assurance Mary was Deputy Commissioner, Corporate Services. She has held other senior roles including acting Deputy Commissioner, Business Development and Systems, Group Manager for the Office of the Chief Tax Counsel, National Manager Business Management Services, Senior Advisor in Child Support and operational management positions in Manukau, Dunedin and Invercargill.

Mary has a Masters in Business Administration.


Giles Southwell - Chief Financial Officer

Giles Southwell is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Inland Revenue. He joined Inland Revenue in August 2010 as Financial Controller - Service Delivery, before being appointed CFO in June 2012.

Originally from the UK, Giles has worked within the public sector since the early 1990s with roles within the Audit Commission and as Head of Organisation Performance with One NorthEast. He moved to New Zealand in 2008 to work for the Office of the Auditor-General as Director of Research and Development.

Giles earned a First Class Honours in Managerial Sciences from the University of Bradford. He is a member of both the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and CPA Australia.


Mike Cunnington - Deputy Commissioner, Information, Intelligence and Communications

Mike Cunnington is Deputy Commissioner, Information, Intelligence and Communications. He was appointed to this position in July 2013.

Mike has a variety of experience including using data to provide insights that influence customer behaviour, building effective communication programmes, and working across organisations to help drive change. He is a highly experienced marketer who has held senior roles in both UK and New Zealand.

Mike spent 10 years leading marketing agencies in the UK and New Zealand, working with large corporates such as BT, Sainsbury’s Supermarkets, Volkswagen and in New Zealand, Progressive Enterprises, BNZ, and Air New Zealand.

Mike moved to New Zealand in 2003. He joined ANZ Bank in 2008 and when ANZ and National Bank merged in 2012, as head of Marketing he was instrumental in the major programme to combine the brands and lead the bank to a single technology system.


Martin Smith - Chief Tax Counsel

Martin Smith is the Chief Tax Counsel. Before joining Inland Revenue in 1995, Martin was a practising tax lawyer in large law firms in Australia and New Zealand. He was a tax consulting partner in the Sydney office of an international accounting firm, and was Director of Taxation Research for Ernst & Young in New Zealand.

Martin holds Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB (Hons)) and Master of Laws (LLM) degree from the University of Adelaide, a post-graduate Diploma in Financial Management from the University of New England, and a Master of Taxation Studies (Hons) from Auckland University. He is admitted as a barrister and solicitor in Australia and New Zealand and is a member of the International Fiscal Association and a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia.


Jeanie Truell - Chief People Officer

Jeanie Truell is Chief People Officer, People and Culture. Before joining Inland Revenue in 2012, Jeanie held senior management roles at Land Information New Zealand as Group Manager Strategic Development and Support, and Human Resources (HR) Manager. Before then she was a director of a management consultancy for 13 years. Jeanie has a variety of experience of governance and management roles in Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and other public sector organisations. Her HR experience includes organisation development, strategy, change leadership and capability building.

Jeanie has a Masters in Public Management from Victoria University of Wellington, a Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, a Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring, and a Diploma in Early Childhood Education.


Struan Little - Deputy Commissioner, Policy and Strategy

Struan Little is Deputy Commissioner, Policy and Strategy. Struan joined Inland Revenue in September 2011 from The Treasury.

During his time at the Treasury Struan experienced a variety of roles, including Deputy Secretary responsible for Macroeconomics and the Budget. He has also spent time working at the World Bank, the Ministry of Education and working in the electricity industry.

Struan has a Post Graduate Diploma in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Geography, both from the University of Otago.


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Arlene White is Deputy Commissioner, Service Delivery. She joined Inland Revenue in March 2012.

Arlene has a wealth of experience as a senior leader in field operations and in the headquarters of the Canada Revenue Agency. She was most recently Assistant Commissioner, Assessment and Benefit Services Branch, at the Canada Revenue Agency. In this role Arlene was responsible for a large service delivery operation as well as leading a key transformational strategy for the Canada Revenue Agency around e-services.


Myles Ward - Chief Technology Officer

Myles Ward is Chief Technology Officer. He joined Inland Revenue in July 2006.  Most recently he was the Group Manager of IT Operations and Services within Inland Revenue.

Before joining Inland Revenue, Myles worked in banking and prior to that in the aeronautical industry. He has 15 years senior IT management experience in both the public and private sector.

Myles has a BBS in Marketing from Massey University and a Masters in Public Administration from Monash and Victoria University. He co-leads the ISO International Working Group for IS Governance Frameworks and Systems.

Date published: 20 Apr 2015

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