Our business groups are managed by Deputy Director-Generals who, with the Director-General, form our senior leadership team.


Penny Nelson

Biodiversity, Heritage and Visitors Group

Deputy Director-General: Stephanie Rowe

The group comprises:

  • Biodiversity System and Aquatic
  • Terrestrial Biodiversity
  • Heritage and Visitors
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • National Programmes

Organisation Support Group

Deputy Director-General: Mike Tully

The group comprises:

  • Business Services
  • Finance
  • People and Culture
  • Health, Safety and Security
  • Information Systems and Services
  • Asset Management

Public Affairs Group

Deputy Director-General: Sia Aston

The group comprises:

  • Strategic Communications and Engagement
  • Conservation Assurance
  • Governance and Government Services
  • Strategic Partnerships and Investments

Regional Operations Group

Deputy Director-General: Henry Weston

The group comprises:

  • Northern North Island
  • Auckland
  • Hauraki, Waikato, Taranaki
  • Eastern North Island
  • Central North Island
  • Lower North Island
  • Northern South Island
  • Western South Island
  • Eastern South Island
  • Southern South Island
  • Operations Support

Policy and Regulatory Services Group

Deputy Director-General: Ruth Isaac

The group comprises:

  • Treaty Negotiations
  • Chief Legal Advisor
  • Policy
  • Strategy
  • Office of Regulatory Services

Treaty Relationships Group

Deputy Director-General: Tame Malcolm

The group comprises: 

  • Treaty Capability Oversight
  • Ngā Whenua Rāhui
  • Treaty Relationship Advice and Oversight
  • Pou Whakahaere

Office of the Director-General

Director: Lena Sapunova

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