23 Dec 2009

Further overhaul at Treasury

5:35 pm on 23 December 2009

Treasury has taken a further step in overhauling its administration.

The Government's chief spending watchdog has appointed seven people to senior management, two of whom take over the new positions of deputy chief executive. They will report to the chief executive.

The appointments include a former high ranking British and OECD administrator, Dr Gabriel Makhlouf.

The other deputy chief executive is Andrew Kibblewhite, a former Treasury official who is currently working for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

The Treasury has also created a role of chief economist, which will be filled by an insider, Norman Gemmell.

A Treasury official says the changes were introduced partly from periodic self review, which is standard in the Public Service.

But they will also help deal with extra duties for Treasury, including the bank guarantee scheme and the Government's emphasis on improving New Zealand's infrastructure.