Our Partners

The Government Regulatory Practice Initiative (G-Reg) focuses on developing people capability, organisational capability, and building a professional community of regulators.  Our cross-sector Partners Group enables us to see both the current issues and the broader horizon.

Our partners

Ian Caplin

Ian chairs the Partners Group.  He is seconded full time to G-Reg from Inland Revenue as a Principal Advisor.  He was a lawyer and broadcaster in London.  After law at Oxford, Ian was called to the English Bar and then worked in leading international London and New York law firms.  Later, Ian was one of Britain’s best known TV legal commentators on the BBC, CNN and SKY and wrote on legal issues for the Times, Wall Street Journal and many others. Ian has also been the MC, writer and producer for the G-Reg conferences for the past six years including, most recently, the 2020 conference, across 10 webinars which can be watched on this website.

Sanjai Raj

Sanjai is General Manager of the Market Integrity branch at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Sanjai brings over 30 years of public sector experience to the role, principally involved in administering and enforcing regulations and related statutory delegations. Sanjai holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Public Administration that focused on service delivery issues in the public sector. Sanjai is the Chair of G-Reg’s Regulatory Reference Group

Keith Manch

Keith has been the Chief Executive and Director of Maritime NZ since 5 December 2011 and joins the Civil Aviation Authority as it’s next Director of Civil Aviation and Chief Executive in February 2021.

He has worked in the public sector since 1977 and brings extensive leadership experience in a number of policy and operational senior leadership positions in regulation, compliance and response.

Susan Haniel

Susan is the Senior Advisor for the Sector Improvement team at Taituarā — Local Government Professionals Aotearoa. Her passion is to encourage and promote quality Local Government practices and to see communities flourish. Susan has a bachelor’s degree in commerce and administration and has completed resource management law study at Victoria University. Since graduating she has spent six years in committee advisory roles, most recently in Democratic Services at Hutt City Council.

Tony McKenna

Tony has been involved in education for most of his career. He has worked in workplace-based education for the past 20 years and has a passion for seeing people recognised for their workplace skills and knowledge with formal qualifications. Tony has overseen the successful implementation of the Regulatory Compliance qualifications within the sector. G-REG has been a flagship for the delivery of the qualifications using online delivery and have been an exemplar for how this can make qualifications accessible and achievable for regulators.

Jeroen van der Heijden

Dr. Jeroen van der Heijden is the inaugural Chair in Regulatory Practice and a Professor of Public Governance at the Victoria University of Wellington. He works closely with G-REG to improve regulatory practice and regulatory stewardship in New Zealand and elsewhere.

Debbie Despard

Deb Despard has held senior public sector leadership and regulatory roles for more than 15 years, including National Manager Rail Safety and Director of Gambling Compliance. She has led the NZ Transport Agency’s regulatory compliance road corridor group, which regulates around 42,000 Transport Service Licence holders across New Zealand, and is currently in a senior management role with Maritime New Zealand. Deb also chairs G-Reg’s Regulatory Stewardship Group.