Public Service Minister Chris Hipkins today announced the appointment of Heather Baggott as the Second Deputy Commissioner of the Public Service.
Ms. Baggott is Deputy Commissioner, Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion at the Public Service Commission, a position she has held since July 2020.
The Deputy Commissioner of the Public Service works closely with the Commissioner of the Public Service to provide leadership and oversight of the public service. The new Deputy Public Service Commissioner would focus particularly on the area of Maori-Crown relations.
Chris Hipkins said Ms. Baggott brings her experience to ensure the public service meets the needs of New Zealanders and government priorities.
“Ms. Baggott is a trustworthy and dedicated public service leader who embodies the spirit of service,” said Chris Hipkins.
Ms. Baggott (Ngati Maniapoto, Te Atiawa) played a key role in codifying, for the first time, the Crown-Maori relationship in the Public Service Act 2020, and supported the creation of Te Arawhiti and the strategic repositioning of Te Puni Kōkiri in their leadership roles of the system.
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Ms. Baggott has held various relevant positions, including in the Treaty Settlements Office, the Special Jurisdictions Unit of the Department of Justice and the Department of Culture and Heritage.
She holds a Bachelor of Management Studies (Honors) from the University of Waikato. She is appointed for five years from October 18, 2021.
There are two statutory assistant commissioners for the public service, Helene Quilter and Ms. Baggott. Deputy Civil Service Commissioners are appointed by the Governor General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, under the Civil Service Act of 2020. Subject to the direction of the Civil Service Commission, the Deputy Civil Service Commissioner public has all the functions, duties and powers of the commissioner.