Our team

The quality of our people is critical to our success. Our work relies on our team’s research and analytical skills, their ability to undertake high-quality analysis and shape that into influential policy advice.

We currently employ about 20 people and are committed to being a ‘good employer'. The Commission is governed by a Board that is accountable to Parliament and reports to the Minister of Finance. The Chair and Commissioners are responsible for the effective governance of the

Commission and the overall health, wellbeing and sustainability of our organisation. They also oversee the delivery of our work programme and outputs. Meet our board and management team below...


The board

Murray Sherwin CNZM

Chair
Murray is an economist with over 35 years' experience across a wide range of public policy roles. His previous roles include: Chief Executive and Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry; Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Chair of the...

Murray Sherwin CNZM

Chair

Murray is an economist with over 35 years' experience across a wide range of public policy roles. His previous roles include: Chief Executive and Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry; Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand; Chair of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Commission; member of the Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank in Washington DC; member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Group; and a member of the Advisory Board of the New Zealand Debt Management Office. Murray is a Charter Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management.

Professor Sally Davenport MNZM

Commissioner
Sally is Professor of Management at Victoria Business School where she teaches innovation and entrepreneurship. She has an extensive research and evaluation background, focusing on commercialisation, innovation and productivity...

Professor Sally Davenport MNZM

Commissioner

Sally is Professor of Management at Victoria Business School where she teaches innovation and entrepreneurship. She has an extensive research and evaluation background, focusing on commercialisation, innovation and productivity. Until 2012 Sally was leading a research project; ‘Building Our Productivity: Understanding Sustainable Collective Productivity in New Zealand Firms’, which was centred on understanding firm-level processes in the food and beverage sector and biotechnology sector.

In early 2017, Sally became Director of the 'Science for Technological Innovation' National Science Challenge. She is also a member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM).

Sally’s experience brings strong linkages between science, technology, innovation and the business sector.

Andrew Sweet

Commissioner
Andrew is Director of consulting firm Firecone NZ where he provides economic, public policy, regulatory and commercial advice. He also runs the secretariat of the Small Advanced Economics Initiative which brings together senior officials from different countries...

Andrew Sweet

Commissioner

Andrew is Director of consulting firm Firecone NZ where he provides economic, public policy, regulatory and commercial advice. He also runs the secretariat of the Small Advanced Economics Initiative which brings together senior officials from different countries to explore policy issues.

From 2010-2014, he was Policy Advisor at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet where he provided advice on primarily environmental issues such as the Resource Management Act and climate change. His other key areas of expertise are science and innovation policy, network utilities regulation and transport policy.

Andrew has deep knowledge in a variety of policy areas, extensive experience providing recommendations on complex policy issues, as well as experience working with government. His appointment as a Commissioner runs from 1 June 2019 to 31 May 2022.

Professor Gail Pacheco

Commissioner
Gail is an experienced researcher with a focus on labour and health research themes. She is currently a Professor of Economics and the Director of the NZ Work Research Institute at Auckland University of Technology leading large-scale funded projects...

Professor Gail Pacheco

Commissioner

Gail is an experienced researcher with a focus on labour and health research themes. She is currently a Professor of Economics and the Director of the NZ Work Research Institute at Auckland University of Technology leading large-scale funded projects, involving both academic and external collaborations.

In 2018, Professor Pacheco was awarded the NZIER Economics Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of economics and its applications to New Zealand.

Professor Pacheco has a strong technical background and has extensive experience with complex research projects involving diverse stakeholder groups, including the government. Her appointment as a Commissioner runs from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2022.

Management team

Daiman Smith

General Manager
Daiman is an experienced public sector manager with a background in strategic policy, governance and assurance. As Group Manager, Corporate at the Independent Police Conduct Authority, he was responsible for strategy and corporate...

Daiman Smith

General Manager

Daiman is an experienced public sector manager with a background in strategic policy, governance and assurance. As Group Manager Corporate at the Independent Police Conduct Authority, he was responsible for strategy and corporate issues. He has held management roles at the Ministry of Justice, worked on advising and monitoring Crown-owned entities at The Treasury/Crown Company Monitoring Advisory Unit and held strategic analysis and policy roles with a focus on capability development and relationship management in the Ministry of Defence and the NZ Defence Force.

Daiman has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and Master of Arts in History from Massey University, and a Master of International Relations from Victoria University of Wellington. 

Judy Kavanagh

Inquiry Director
Judy is an economist with experience in both academia and the public sector. She has had roles in the Ministries of Health and Education and has taught at Canterbury University and Victoria University of Wellington. Her research areas include...

Judy Kavanagh

Inquiry Director

Judy is an economist with experience in both academia and the public sector. She has had roles in the Ministries of Health and Education and has taught at Canterbury University and Victoria University of Wellington. Her research areas include experimental economics, economic psychology and the organisation of health systems.

At the Commission she has worked on a research project into Growing the digital economy in Australia and New Zealand (2019) and inquiries into State sector productivity (2018), New models of tertiary education (2016), Using land for housing (2015), Regulatory institutions and practices (2014), Towards better local regulation (2013), and Housing affordability (2012). She is currently leading the Commission’s inquiry into Technology and the future of work, due to report to the Government in March 2020.

Judy has a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Canterbury, a post graduate diploma in Health Economics from the University of Tromso (with distinction) and a College Diploma and Diploma in Teaching from the Christchurch Teachers College and the Department of Education (with distinction).

Steven Bailey

Inquiry Director
Steven is an economist with extensive public sector experience in New Zealand and abroad, including four years with the Australian Productivity Commission, where he was Inquiry Manager, and policy advice roles with both the...

Steven Bailey

Inquiry Director

Steven is an economist with extensive public sector experience in New Zealand and abroad, including four years with the Australian Productivity Commission, where he was Inquiry Manager, and policy advice roles with both the Ministry of Economic Development and the New Zealand Treasury. Steven’s private sector experience includes roles with Telecom New Zealand and before joining the Commission he was Director Government Relations with the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. Steven's research and policy interests include regulatory design, institutions and practice.

Steven led the Commission’s inquiries into transitioning to a low-emissions economy (2018), better urban planning (2017), using land for housing (2015), regulatory institutions and practices (2014), toward better local regulation (2013), and housing affordability (2012). He is currently leading the Commission’s inquiry into local government funding and financing, due to report to the Government in November 2019.

Steven has a Master of Science (Regulation) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Economics from Lincoln University, and a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from Otago University. He has also completed an Executive Education Programme at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Doctor Patrick Nolan

Economics & Research Director
Patrick Nolan joined the Productivity Commission as a Principal Advisor in the Economics and Research team in February 2014. Before this he spent five years as the Chief Economist of Reform, a cross-party British think tank...

Doctor Patrick Nolan

Economics & Research Director

Patrick joined the Commission in 2014 after spending five years as the Chief Economist at Reform, a cross-party British think tank focused on public services and economic prosperity. He has also held roles at the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, The Treasury New Zealand and as an economic advisor to a frontbench minister.

Patrick completed his PhD on the labour supply effects of family and work tax credits at Victoria University of Wellington.