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Peter Mersi

Commissioner and Chief Executive of Inland Revenue
Kaikōmihana o Te Tari Taake

Peter Mersi joined us this year and leads our Executive Leadership Team.

Peter was appointed Commissioner and Chief Executive | Kaikōmihana o Te Tari Taake Inland Revenue in July 2022. Before this, he was the Secretary and Chief Executive for Transport (2016-2022), Chief Executive of Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (2012-2016) and spent 6 months as the Acting Secretary and Chief Executive of Te Tari Taiwhenua the Department of Internal Affairs (2011-2012).

Peter has held senior leadership roles in Inland Revenue and Te Tai Ōhanga the Treasury, where he spent 14 years working primarily on social policy and the public management system. He has also worked for Te Tari o te Pirimia me te Komiti Matua the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of Labour, Department of Trade and Industry and the Bank of New Zealand.

Peter co-chairs Papa Pounamu, an initiative by public sector chief executives to support and grow diversity and inclusion in the public sector.

Sharon Thompson

Deputy Commissioner, Customer and Compliance Services - Individuals
Kaikōmihana Tuarua, Ratonga Kiritaki me te Tautukunga - Takitahi

Sharon joined Inland Revenue in July 2017. She has a background in the financial services industry, and has brought deep experience in building employee engagement and improving services for customers.

Sharon leads our business group for Customer and Compliance Services - Individuals.

Cath Atkins

Deputy Commissioner, Customer and Compliance Services - Business
Kaikōmihana Tuarua, Ratonga Kiritaki me te Tautukunga - Pakihi

Cath has over 25 years' experience in the public sector. Before joining us in 2017, she was Deputy Secretary, Macroeconomics and Growth at Te Tai Ōhanga the Treasury.

Cath leads our business group for Customer and Compliance Services - Business.

Corey Sinclair

Acting Deputy Commissioner, Enterprise Services
Kaikōmihana Tuarua, Ratonga Hinonga

Corey joined Inland Revenue in January 2018 after 20 years in banking and finance. He has been Acting Deputy Commissioner for our Enterprise Services business group since April 2022. Before that, as National Leader of Community Compliance, Corey has led community compliance teams located in 17 cities and towns across New Zealand. Community Compliance provides front-line services for customers at our front of house, in communities and with intermediaries.

Michelle Redington

Chief Tax Counsel
Rōia Tāke Matua

Michelle has been Inland Revenue's Chief Tax Counsel since March 2021 and leads our Tax Counsel Office. She has more than 20 years' professional taxation experience, including several senior leadership roles, primarily in the private sector.

David Carrigan

Deputy Commissioner, Policy and Regulatory Stewardship
Kaikōmihana Tuarua, Kaupapa me te Tiaki Waeture

David has held several tax policy positions at Inland Revenue since joining us in 1996. He's led a number of reforms, most recently the policy work to support our transformation.

David leads our Policy and Regulatory Stewardship business group.

Mike Cunnington

Deputy Commissioner, Information and Intelligence Services
Kaikōmihana Tuarua, Ratonga Pārongo me te Mōhiotanga

Mike joined Inland Revenue in July 2013. He leads our approach to compliance and customer strategies and our digital, data analytics and marketing capabilities. Mike has led customer-centric change and held senior marketing positions in organisations in New Zealand and the UK.

Mike heads our Information and Intelligence Services business group.

Mary Craig

Deputy Commissioner, Enterprise Design and Integrity
Kaikōmihana Tuarua, Hinonga Hoahoa me te Tika

Mary has had an extensive and varied career since joining us. This has included leading our cross-organisation programme for organisation design, embedding new ways of working, and leading and governing the transformed Inland Revenue.

Mary leads our business group for Enterprise Design and Integrity.

Greg James

Deputy Commissioner, Transformation
Kaikōmihana Tuarua, Huringa

Greg joined Inland Revenue in June 2013. He brought a wealth of experience in transformation and change, having successfully led several large-scale programmes. He has transitioned functions from our transformation programme into Inland Revenue's new operating model and teams. Greg is now actively exploring the potential to leverage public sector assets across the sector.


Read more about the backgrounds of our Executive Leadership Team and about our business groups.

Our executive leadership team

Last updated: 13 Sep 2022
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