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The Ministry of Justice’s Strategic Leadership Team is led by Andrew Bridgman, Secretary for Justice and Chief Executive. They set the Ministry’s strategic direction including initiatives to help modernise our services.

The team plays an important role in developing and maintaining relationships, particularly with the judiciary, Ministers, other justice sector agencies, central agencies, professional bodies and other organisations.

Strategic Leadership Team

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Andrew Bridgman, Secretary for Justice & Chief Executive

Andrew has been Chief Executive since 2011. His public sector experience includes 4 years as Deputy Chief Executive at the Ministry of Health, with 6 months as Acting Chief Executive and Director-General of Health. He worked at the Ministry of Justice in the mid-1990s and was Deputy Secretary of the Policy and Legal Group from 2004 to 2007. Andrew’s career began as a solicitor at Rudd Watts and Stone (now Minter Ellison) in 1987.

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Andrew Coster, Deputy Chief Executive

Andrew joined the Ministry as Deputy Chief Executive in October 2016, on a two-year secondment from the New Zealand Police, where he was Assistant Commissioner Strategy and Transformation. He has served with the Police since 1996, holding a range of frontline, investigative and management roles including as District Commander Southern and Area Commander, Auckland City. He also worked for a year as a prosecutor with the Crown Solicitor in Auckland. He holds a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from Auckland University and a Master of Public Management from Victoria University.

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Carl Crafar, Chief Operating Officer, Operations & Service Delivery

Carl joined the Ministry in August 2016 to lead the Ministry’s newly created Operations and Service Delivery Group. This brings all our operations together providing one operational view of our service delivery and customer outcomes. Carl has a long involvement with the social sector, and has held a number of senior roles in the Ministry of Social Development. He was responsible for national service delivery, most recently as Deputy Chief Executive, Social Housing, leading MSD's social housing operations.  

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Colin Lynch, Deputy Chief Executive, Sector

Colin joined the Ministry in late 2015. Previously he was Deputy Government Statistician, Deputy Secretary in the State Sector Performance Group, and Manager of the Health Section at the Treasury. Colin trained as an economist at the University College Dublin, completing a Master of Arts in Economics.

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Nigel Fyfe, Deputy Secretary-Lead Negotiator, Office of Treaty Settlements

Nigel’s on secondment to the Office of Treaty Settlements from his permanent role as Deputy Secretary Legal and Operational Services. Before coming to the Ministry of Justice in 2012, Nigel was with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where he held senior positions including Director Trade Negotiations Division, and as New Zealand’s Ambassador to Chile.

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Rajesh Chhana, Deputy Secretary, Policy

Rajesh took up the position of Deputy Secretary Policy in early 2015. He has more than a decade’s experience at the Ministry, dating back to 1996 when he joined as a legal advisor in the Legal Service Group. He has held a variety of senior advisory and management roles in both the public and private sectors, including here at the Ministry as General Manager of Crime Prevention Criminal Justice (now Criminal Justice). Before taking up the role of Deputy Secretary Policy, Rajesh was Director of National Security Policy at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

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Suzanne Stew, Deputy Secretary, Corporate

Suzanne joined the Ministry in late 2014 as Deputy Secretary Corporate. Suzanne has a wealth of experience across a range of corporate functions. She joined the Ministry from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, where she oversaw some major changes to the way they do business and manage their organisation. She also has a background in engineering and has held a number of senior management roles at TelstraClear, Wrightson and British Telecom (UK).

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Tina Wakefield, Chief Information Officer & Deputy Secretary, Information & Communication Technology

Tina joined the Ministry in late 2014 as Chief Information Officer. She was previously the General Manager of Government Information Services at the Department of Internal Affairs, where she led development of the All-Of-Government online strategy, standards and associated services. Other roles include leadership of the Government ICT Supply Management Office and she was also responsible for IT service management and assurance, security and risk. Before joining the public sector, Tina held senior roles at Telecom.

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