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Naomi Ferguson

Commissioner and Chief Executive of Inland Revenue

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Naomi was appointed to the role in July 2012. 

She brings more than 20 years 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. 

In 2016 Naomi won the Women of Influence Award for Public Policy. 

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


Greg James 

Deputy Commissioner, Transformation

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Greg joined Inland Revenue in 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, He Kōtuitui

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Mary has had an extensive and varied career with Inland Revenue since she joined in the early 1990s.

Prior to taking up the role of Deputy Commissioner Corporate Integrity and Assurance she had several senior roles in the Department. From 2008 Mary was Deputy Commissioner Corporate Services; other roles have included 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.

Mary is currently leading an across-the-organisation programme (He Kōtuitui) which will bring together all the work which we are doing to imbed the changes required to become the agile and intelligence-led organisation for the future. This programme includes completing all organisation design work, embedding new ways of working and leading and governing the transformed IR. He Kōtuitui will also once again incorporate the Pou Whirinaki Team for Early Life Support leading up to and through R4.

Simon Mason 

Deputy Commissioner, Corporate Integrity and Assurance (Acting)

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Simon started at Inland Revenue in 2013 as the Commercial Lead on IR’s Business Transformation Programme, a multi-year, multi-stage change programme to create a modern world-class revenue organisation. Simon was appointed to the role of Head of Commercial and Procurement in July 2016.

Simon has a wealth of commercial and procurement experience covering a wide range of sectors including Public Sector, Telecommunications, Insurance, Financial Services and Technology Services. During his 15+ year career, Simon has successfully led a number of large-scale procurement activities on both a contract and permanent basis. In addition to this, Simon has held senior management positions at Telecom New Zealand (now Spark) as the Head of Enterprise Relationship Management. He also led the Infrastructure and Operations team at Insurance Australia Group.

Simon took on the acting role of Deputy Commissioner Corporate Integrity & Assurance early in 2019.


Mike Cunnington

Deputy Commissioner, Information & Intelligence Services

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Mike joined IR as Deputy Commissioner - Information & Intelligence Services in July 2013.

Mike has led IR's work to develop our approach to compliance, build customer strategies and develop our digital, data analytics and marketing capabilities. He brings experience of leading customer-centric change in a range of organisations.

Prior to joining IR, Mike was Chief Marketing Officer for ANZ Bank and has held senior positions in marketing agencies in both New Zealand and the UK.


David Carrigan

Deputy Commissioner, Policy and Regulatory Stewardship

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David has held a number of positions within the tax policy function of Inland Revenue since joining the department in 1996.  He has an extensive knowledge of tax policy and a deep understanding of the frameworks that underpin tax systems. David has led a number of reforms, most recently leading the policy work to support Inland Revenue’s Business Transformation.

With a background in law and languages, David holds a BA and LLB degrees from Auckland University.


Sharon Thompson

Deputy Commissioner, Customer & Compliance Services - Individuals

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Sharon joined Inland Revenue in July 2017 and brings a depth of experience in leading change, building employee engagement and improving services for customers in the financial services industry.

Her career in banking (most recently at ASB and previously at Westpac) has included developing and leading strategic change within large customer facing teams. Most recently, her roles have been focused on the development and implementation of digital strategies to lift customer engagement.

Sharon holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Management, specialising in change management and strategy.


Cath Atkins

Deputy Commissioner, Customer & Compliance Services - Business

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Cath Atkins joined Inland Revenue in January 2017. Cath has over 25 years of policy experience in the public sector.

Before being appointed to her current role she held the position of Deputy Secretary, Macroeconomics and Growth at the New Zealand Treasury where she lead the Treasury’s work on settings to promote economic growth and a stable macroeconomic environment. Cath has held a range of senior leadership positions since joining the Treasury in 1999, including Deputy Secretary, Strategy, Change & Performance.

With a background in economics and international trade, Cath holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Economics.


Lara Ariell 

Chief Financial Officer

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Lara joined Inland Revenue in April 2016, initially on a 12 month secondment.

Before joining IR, Lara was the Deputy Chief Executive - Finance at the Tertiary Education Commission.

She also worked for the Ministry of Justice, initially as the CFO and then as General Manager Performance and Improvement, Courts and Tribunals. She also spent time as the CFO at Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand, and working in planning and finance teams across the public sector. She started her career working in receivership and insolvency with accountancy firm Price Waterhouse and then McCallum Petterson and Co.



Martin Smith

Chief Tax Counsel

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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.


Gary Baird

Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and acting Chief People Officer, People & Culture

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Gary is the Chief Technology Officer for Inland Revenue joining us in April 2016. He leads the IT and Change Group (IT&C), a team who are proud to deliver trusted and reliable technology and digital business services to our customers and staff.

Gary has held executive positions at ANZ and DHL leading large and complex technology environments and has significant experience leading teams through transformation and integration projects.

From May 2020 Gary is also acting Chief People Officer, People & Culture