Our People

The Government Regulatory Practice Initiative (G-REG) focuses on developing people capability, organisational capability, and building a professional community of regulators.

Our people

Sanjai Raj

Sanjai is General Manager of the Consumer Protection and Standards 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 has been the Chairperson of the G-REG Secretariat and Steering Group since its inception five years ago.

Keith Manch

Keith has been the Chief Executive and Director of Maritime NZ since 5 December 2011.

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.

Kathryn MacIver

Kathryn has worked in the public sector both for central and local government. Her career has centred around public safety. Starting in regulatory roles, Kathryn moved into policy and has spent the last 10 years working in various central government agencies. Kathryn started her role as Director G-REG and Strategic Initiatives in mid 2018.

Peter Mumford

Peter specialises in regulatory management and design and international regulatory cooperation, and has both written and presented on these topics in New Zealand and overseas. He has a PhD on the topic of ‘Enhancing performance-based regulation: Lessons from New Zealand’s building control system’. He has been a key member of the G-REG secretariat and steering group since its inception contributing tirelessly to the G-REG work programme.

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.

Ian Caplin

Ian is Business Transformation Manager Compliance at Inland Revenue. With a professional background as a lawyer and broadcaster in London, Ian read law at Jesus College, Oxford. Ian was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn of Court in London as a Scholar of the Inn and then worked in leading international London and New York practices there. Ian transitioned from law to television as one of Britain’s best known legal commentators, with hundreds of appearances on the BBC, CNN and SKY and wrote on legal issues for the Times, Wall Street Journal and many others. Ian has been the MC for the G-REG conferences for the past four years and we look forward to him reprising this role in 2019.

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.

Chris Ortiz

Chris is an experienced learning and development specialist and has worked across the local government and not-for-profit sectors internationally. She has a passion for sustainability, technology, and designing learning that works. Chris became involved with G-REG as an early adopter through the development and implementation of the Core Knowledge qualification in local government and as a contributor to various working groups across the G-REG work programme.

Susan Haniel

Susan is the Senior Advisor for the Sector Improvement team at SOLGM. 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.

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 with Maritime New Zealand in the Maritime Systems Assurance group