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[Media Release - OPSC] Secretary of Health Appointed

Updated: Feb 3, 2021

Friday 29 January 2021

The Public Service Commissioner, Russell Thomas announced today the appointment of Mr Bob Williams to the position of Secretary of Health Te Marae Ora effective as of 19 January 2021 for a three-year term.

A Selection Panel made up of individuals identified in Schedule 2 of the Public Service Act 2009 took on the role of short-listing and interviewing applicants for this position. Candidates were assessed against three main criteria: educational qualifications, experience, and leadership and management qualities in human resource management (HR), strategic management, financial management, knowledge management and risk management.

Bob Williams was one of three short-listed candidates recommended to Cabinet. He is currently serving in this role in an acting capacity.

Bob Williams has served over twenty years in the Public Sector and has held various senior management and administrative positions. Over the past three years, Te Marae Ora has gone through some major legislative, organisational and HR changes and Williams clearly outlined to the Selection Panel his understanding of these changes and his plans for building on and strengthening those changes.

Mr Williams confirmed that the challenge posed by Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) is a major risk for our country and one that he would like Te Marae Ora to have a greater focus on, in addition to strengthening Government’s preparedness for COVID-19. Mr Williams intends to work closely with Te Marae Ora’s clinical staff to provide medical briefings that will inform administrative decisions for the health of our people.


Enquiries regarding this media release can be directed to Teresa Tura, Corporate Services Manager, at or call 29 421 during Office hours.

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