James Walker is the Ministry’s new Deputy Secretary, Partnerships and Customers

Date:  20 November 2017

Ministry for the Environment Chief Executive, Vicky Robertson has announced the appointment of James Walker 

as the Ministry’s new Deputy Secretary, Partnerships and Customers.

"I'm delighted that James will be joining the Ministry to lead this important portfolio of work."

The Deputy Secretary, Partnerships and Customers, is a newly created senior leadership role.  

James will represent the Ministry for the Environment both domestically and internationally across a wide range of stakeholders. The ultimate purpose of this role is to tangibly shift mindsets and change behaviours through effective partnering and engagement within the public and private sectors.

"Developing partnerships, building strong relationships with iwi and Māori, and bringing New Zealanders along on the journey with us is critical to our role as stewards for the environment.  James brings a new perspective and expertise to the table. His experience in stakeholder engagement and community investment, within both the private and public sectors, made him a smart choice for the role," says Ms Robertson.

"We had a high calibre of applicants for the position and James’ appointment is testament to his proven ability to adapt and work within a range of policy and environmental settings, and his specialist relationship management knowledge. I look forward to him joining our Te Purengi (executive leadership team)," says Ms Robertson.

James joins the Ministry for the Environment from the Countdown Supermarket group, where he has most recently held the role of General Manager, Corporate Affairs.   Prior to joining Countdown, James worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and from 2011 - 2013 was Deputy Ambassador at the New Zealand Embassy in the Netherlands.
James holds a Master of Arts, in Journalism from New York University (NYU), and a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland.

James will take up the role in January 2018.