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The Treasury's Leadership Team Profiles

Page updated 26 Oct 2017

Gabriel Makhlouf – Secretary and Chief Executive

Gabriel Makhlouf – Secretary  and Chief ExecutiveGabriel Makhlouf is the Secretary to the Treasury. He is the Government’s chief economic and financial adviser, and leads the Treasury’s work to help raise living standards for New Zealanders through a stable, growing economy and a high-performing public service.

Gabriel’s career was previously in the United Kingdom civil service where his responsibilities ranged from policy development on domestic and international tax and welfare policy issues through to large-scale, customer-focused, operational delivery. He was Chair of the world’s main tax rule-making body – the Committee on Fiscal Affairs – at the OECD in Paris between 2000 and 2004, and was also responsible for the UK’s Government Banking Service. He served as Principal Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. 

Gabriel has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Economics from the University of Exeter and a Master’s degree (MSc) in Industrial Relations from the University of Bath, and is an alumnus of international business school INSEAD’s Advanced Management Programme. The son of a United Nations official, Gabriel grew up in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and speaks French and Greek. He is married with one adult son.

Fiona Ross – Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Secretary, Corporate and Shared Services

Fiona Ross – Acting Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Secretary, Strategy, Performance & EngagementFiona has been at Treasury since 2011.  As the Chief Operating Officer she helps to raise living standards by ensuring the Treasury operates effectively as an organisation.  This includes leading the Corporate and Shared Services and the Director group that runs the Treasury.

Fiona has over 20 years’ experience in the public service, with particular expertise in state sector reform. After initial positions at the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Fiona joined the Treasury as a senior policy analyst in 2000. In 2002 she moved to the UK where she held various roles in the civil service, including leading major change initiatives focused on efficiency gains and service improvements. Fiona returned to the Treasury to lead the Better Public Services programme.

Fiona holds an Honours degree in Arts and a Master’s degree in Public Policy, both from Victoria University of Wellington. She has been actively involved with a number of not-for-profit groups focused on the issues of sexual abuse and women’s sport and fitness.

Bryan Chapple – Deputy Secretary, Macroeconomics and Growth

Bryan Chapple – Deputy Secretary, Growth & Public  ServicesAs Deputy Secretary, Macroeconomics and Growth Bryan’s role is focused on ensuring a stable and sustainable macroeconomic environment, while at the same time promoting economic growth.

Bryan has an extensive background in economic policy and strategy. Prior to joining the Treasury in 2017 he was with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) where he held roles as the Head of the Office of the Chief Executive, and General Manager Strategic Policy.

Bryan has also worked in a range of policy and economic functions at the Ministry of Economic Development, the De Nederlandsche Bank (Netherlands Central Bank) and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

Bryan holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (Hons) in Economics from Victoria University of Wellington as well as a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University. He lives in Wellington with his wife and two children.  He enjoys getting out into the hills around Wellington when he can, and supporting his boys’ sports teams.

Jon Grayson – Deputy Secretary, Financial and Commercial

Jon Grayson – ActingDeputy Secretary, Financial & Commercial OperationsAs Deputy Secretary, Financial & Commercial, Jon is responsible for Financial Operations, Commercial Operations and the Infrastructure and Housing Group.

Originally from Australia, Jon has held senior executive roles within the public and private sectors spanning over 25 years. Most recently, Jon had responsibility for driving a major public sector reform programme as Director-General, Department of the Premier and Cabinet with the Queensland Government.

Jon has a strong background in capital markets and investment in major infrastructure assets.  As Chief Executive of Prime Infrastructure, he led the acquisition of one of the world’s largest coal export terminals and the subsequent successful ASX listing of the investment fund.  During his time as a senior executive of the Queensland Treasury Corporation, Jon was responsible for delivering the Suncorp-Metway merger and a major report to government on rail industry reform.

Throughout his career Jon has held a number of directorships including with the Australia and New Zealand School of Government and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, and was a member of the Brisbane G20 Steering Committee and member of the Council of Australian Governments Senior Officials Group.

Jon holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Queensland, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

During their spare time, Jon and his partner, Linda, enjoy running, including a recent Queenstown half marathon, swimming, hiking and travel.

Struan Little – Deputy Secretary, Budget and Public Services

Struan Little – Deputy Secretary, Budget and Public ServicesStruan is an economist with over 30 years’ experience in finance and public sector management.

Struan first joined the Treasury in 1987, after completing his postgraduate diploma in Economics at Otago University. He has held positions in macroeconomics, fiscal management, economic performance and strategy. Struan has led delegations representing New Zealand to the IMF, World Bank and OECD. Since then he has served in a range leadership roles across government, including with the Ministry of Education and most recently as Inland Revenue’s Deputy Commissioner of Policy & Strategy.

During his time at Inland Revenue, Struan worked with the senior management team to implement changes designed to modernise tax. This involved fundamental changes to both operations and technology. As part of this work, Struan was responsible for design of the future tax administration framework.

He has also held advisory roles in the Office of the Minister of Finance and at the World Bank in Washington DC.

Struan re-joined the Treasury in 2016 as Deputy Secretary, Budget & Public Services. In this capacity he leads the Treasury’s work to raise living standards by:

  • helping ensure the Government ’s finances are well managed
  • overseeing advice in the areas of justice, security, health, welfare and public sector performance, and
  • delivering the Government’s annual Budget.

Struan is a tramping and fly fishing enthusiast who combines his love of travel with the opportunity to get into the outdoors.

Tim Ng – Deputy Secretary, Chief Economic Adviser

Tim Ng – Deputy Secretary, Growth & Public  ServicesTim Ng is the Treasury's Chief Economic Adviser. As a Deputy Secretary he is responsible for leading the development of the Treasury's economic capability, which underpins its work to raise living standards for all New Zealanders by promoting sustainable, inclusive economic growth and a stable macroeconomic environment.

A macroeconomist by training, Tim has extensive international experience as a thought leader on monetary, fiscal and financial system policy. His work has been published in a range of professional and academic journals.

Prior to his time at the Treasury, Tim was a manager and economist at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and a member of the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy and financial stability advisory committees. Tim has also worked at the Bank for International Settlements in Switzerland, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the ANZ Bank.

In addition to his training in economics, Tim has a biochemistry degree.

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