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Media Statement: Paul Helm appointed Head of Finance Profession for State Sector

1 Sep 2014


The Treasury has appointed Paul Helm to the role of Head of Finance Profession for the State sector. This is a new role focused on raising awareness, professionalism and skills development in financial management across the public service.

An accomplished executive, Paul joins the Treasury from the New Zealand Transport Agency, where he has held the role of Chief Financial Officer. He has significant experience in public sector financial management, covering strategic budget management, including managing significant cash flows and borrowing facilities, while remaining compliant with the Public Finance and Crown Entities Acts.

"Paul is ideally suited to this job, which will strengthen the finance profession across government. He has a real depth of experience to draw on, and a pragmatic approach which will be welcomed by his colleagues across the State sector," says Gabriel Makhlouf, Chief Executive and Secretary to the Treasury.

"We’re really excited by this appointment, and the potential for government agencies to further develop how they anticipate and respond to financial challenges and opportunities. Ultimately that will deliver better value for New Zealanders."

Paul is experienced at transforming finance functions, procurement and commercial decision-making, including working on large contracts for public-private-partnerships, property and information technology to ensure the best outcomes for an organisation. He has worked across a range of government departments, and coached other senior finance executives in strategic financial management.

"The ability to help people broaden and deepen their skills is a critical part of this job. Paul’s experience in this area, and his ability to forge strong relationships with other executive decision-makers outside the finance profession, will be really valuable," says Mr. Makhlouf.

Media contact:

Deborah Cuzens | Communications, The Treasury
Tel: +64 4 890 7415
Email: deborah.cuzens@treasury.govt.nz
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