The Commission has three part-time Commissioners: Dr Ganesh Nana (Chair), Prof Gail Pacheco and Dr Bill Rosenberg. As the Board, they are accountable to Parliament and report to a responsible minister within Government, currently the Minister of Finance. The Chair and Commissioners are responsible for the effective governance of the Commission. This includes the appointment and performance of the management team, setting and monitoring strategic direction, delivery of and conformance with accountability documents, integrity of processes and the overall health, wellbeing, and sustainability of the organisation (including oversight and management of reputation and risk). Commissioners also oversee the delivery of our work programme and outputs, shaping the scope, content, balance, quality, and presentation of our work.
Looking to the future
Currently the Commission is developing a new strategic plan that focuses on operational and organisational improvements. The high-level strategy developed to date is focused on four key strategic initiatives:
- Communicate and improve access to the Commission’s work.
- Execute comprehensive stakeholder
- Promote productivity and wellbeing
- Ensure our people, processes and systems are all fit for purpose.
The Commission is currently developing the objectives and action plans related to these initiatives and these will be published in our next Annual Report.
The quality of our people is critical to our success. The Commission aims to attract and retain strong performers in their field, or those who have significant potential to contribute to our research or inquiry work. We employ people who bring diverse skills, disciplines, and backgrounds to benefit our organisation. Once with us, we strive to provide a rewarding environment where excellence is valued.
We place high importance on supporting staff to develop to their full potential and encourage staff to plan and progress their personal development. There has been a growing awareness that deeper understanding of Te Ao Māori is an essential capability to develop in our workplace.
Across all staff positions we typically employ between 15 to 20 people with approximately a 50–50 gender split. They are employed on a mixture of permanent and shorter, fixed-term contracts. We supplement our permanent staff with consultants to bring experience and fresh perspectives, as required, and through secondments to take advantage of expertise across the public sector. We also encourage our staff to take up secondments to develop their skills and experience.
Looking to the future
The Commission retained an external HR company to review HR policies and interview former and current staff and make recommendations, following high turnover of staff in 2021 and the beginning of 2022. The recommendations made in the report were incorporated into operational changes and strategic action plans, to create a positive workplace culture and ensure retention of staff.